It can feel like you are fighting alone when you struggle with addiction. It can be difficult to communicate what you are going through, as your family may not understand your struggles. It is important to find the right support group.
It feels like a new beginning when an addict successfully completes a rehabilitation program. However, sobriety cannot be guaranteed once you have completed the program. It can be difficult to stay clean.
It is a wise decision to get involved in support groups. The temptation to give in isn’t something that disappears when you are out in the real world. It often intensifies. Many of our patients who have graduated from our rehab need support groups to help them overcome these temptations and deal with lingering issues.
But, not all support groups can help you overcome your addictions. Some of them could even hinder your growth. It is crucial that you select the right support group for your long-term recovery.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE BEHIND JOINING A SUPPORT GROUP?
Support groups are meetings where people come together to share their stories and offer support. Any support group’s purpose is to encourage its members to stay focused on their goals and maintain sobriety.
These people are often in similar situations in life. Many have suffered from substance abuse in the past and may be trying to change to a sober lifestyle. It can be easier to cope with your situation if you have people who understand being in your shoes. It allows you to share your struggles with others and gives you a place to vent your frustrations, hopes, fears, and worries as you grow.
Participating in these groups allows you to make connections with other people in a non-judgemental setting, and learn what works for others.
Addiction Recovery can be a difficult process for many. It can also be lonely. Sometimes, people in your life won’t take the time to listen to you and sometimes aren’t capable of helping you solve your problems.
Participating in support groups can give you the push you need to keep moving forward.
WHAT TO EXPECT
LACK OF JUDGEMENT.
Addicts experience a flurry of emotions after they are free from addiction. People tend to judge when these feelings occur. Support groups are not able to judge you or criticize your experiences. Support groups should be open to listening without being critical. To grow, you need to be able to express yourself freely without being judged by others. If people are judgmental at your sessions, you should leave them and find another one.
A SAFE HAVEN.
Many people attend support groups when they are having a rough day or struggling with temptations. Good support groups should be able to shield you from the stresses of everyday life and motivate you to keep going, even when faced with adversity. You will feel accepted and supported by the group, even if you have to share your struggles with them.
A SHARING COMUNITY.
Support groups are a great way to share your stories, your hopes, and your struggles. It helps you to understand how you can move forward in your recovery. It can help you to see how you can navigate a new life after addiction by sharing your own experiences.
AN ENVIRONMENT FOR POSITIVITY.
People will be open to sharing their failures and struggles. They will share the difficulties they have faced on their journey to recovery. They will share their fears and doubts. This does not mean that they will only be negative. You should see people who have recovered successfully, which should give you hope that it is possible. These meetings aren’t always serious. Sometimes, there will be a birthday party. Other times, there can be a potluck meal. Participants will be able to relax, build camaraderie, and have a safe place to have fun and be themselves. People will see that life goes beyond addiction and that they can achieve this life if they work hard enough.
FIND THE BEST SUPPORT GROUP FOR YOU
The most well-known support group is the 12-step program. Each 12-step group starts with an admission of dependence and powerlessness. The next step is to find a higher power to change your life. You can find this higher power within yourself or in the group.
These are the most common 12-step groups:
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Cocaine Anonymous
- Dual Recovery Anonymous
Each support group is unique. Each support group has its own unique quirks and will operate in a different way, depending on your location.
Do not commit to any support group before you have had a chance to check it out for yourself. Many people make the mistake of attending a support group just because it is nearby or the first one they have been to. Find another support group if you don’t enjoy the one you’re in. Search online to find groups in your local area. Ask your friends and family if they know of any support groups that can help you.
Participating in support groups is crucial for long-term recovery. However, it’s not the only step. Drug detox or Drug rehab will help you if you are still struggling with addiction. Gratitude Lodge can help you make the right decisions to change your life. Call us today to start your recovery.