We understand how important support groups are during each phase of the recovery process, and are committed to helping you make valuable connections.
Addiction support groups can make the difference between relapse and ongoing sobriety, particularly during the more vulnerable parts of a person’s recovery.
Rehabilitation or “rehab” is the portion of addiction treatment that addresses the behavioral and lifestyle aspects of drug and alcohol abuse. The goal of rehab is to help addiction sufferers learn to live sober and independent lives once they leave their treatment program. This often requires a complex set of behavioral modalities and intense psychotherapy.
Rehab occurs either after or in conjunction with detox and withdrawal management. Each patient’s program depends on their individual care needs and substance abuse history. Those who have been abusing drugs or alcohol for years may benefit from a more targeted and longer-term approach, whereas those who are battling substance abuse and are on the verge of full-blown dependency may require a less intense level of care.
Support groups play an invaluable role in addiction treatment and recovery. Whether you’re looking for answers about treatment, unsure about the recovery process in general, or just need a positive and supportive environment after you leave treatment, support groups have what you’re looking for.
Many don’t realize the value of these groups until they allow themselves to attend meetings on a regular basis. Even after their first few meetings, they may feel reluctant to share their stories and feelings. This is perfectly natural given the deeply personal nature of addiction and some of the places to which it can take us. Most, however, experience a deep sense of catharsis and affirmation after sharing.
Support groups offer those in recovery a variety of valuable benefits, including:
Support groups typically meet once per week or once every two weeks and can reinvigorate a person’s recovery efforts. It’s easy to get discouraged or overwhelmed by the rigors of life after treatment; support groups can make the transition much easier. We’re ready to help you find conveniently located support groups for addiction.
There are support groups for every type of addiction, from alcohol or heroin to gambling or sex. The goal of these gatherings is to help people realize they’re not alone in their situation and exchange mutual support with those who are in a similar situation. Some of the better-known support group models include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). These organizations have helped millions of suffering addicts find their way to recovery and maintain their sobriety through ongoing meetings and outreach. They can help you.
Guidance and Information – So many want to take the first step toward recovery, but have no idea where to begin. For a lot of people, this journey starts with going to a support group and asking questions and getting inspired by fellow members of the recovery community. Participants can get valuable information about how to begin the treatment process.
Inspiration and Encouragement – There really is no substitute for the feeling of acceptance one gets from a committed and engaged support group. This is an opportunity to form lasting relationships on which you can lean during the more vulnerable points of your recovery. Everyone needs a compassionate and understanding ear, especially those in recovery. Many wind up making connections in support groups that they keep for the rest of their lives.
Honesty and Guidance – Even after we’ve been in treatment, it can be very hard to objectively assess our own choices and decisions, whether it’s entering a long-term relationship, making a major financial decision or any other questions.While these groups are free of judgment, they offer honest and objective advice and can help participants gain perspective regarding decision-making.
The idea of sharing our personal stories with relative strangers may seem odd to off-putting; however, it’s important to realize that everyone in an addiction support group has stories of their own, often “worse” than yours. It’s also helpful to consider that they may be relying on us to share. Call Long Island Addiction Resources today so we can get you linked to a support group near you.
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|“I was never the sharing sort, but once I start going to my meetings more and more, I felt more comfortable. Once I started being an active participant, I found that it was a lot better than just sitting there and silently wishing I was somewhere else. Support groups are popular for a reason: they work.”||“I can’t tell you how many times I said support groups were not for me. But once I left treatment, I found that there was nobody who really understood what I was going through. I finally decided to go to a meeting close to my house and I have now been going once a week ever since.”||“You never know how much you need your support group until you actually give yourself to it. You come to crave that support, encouragement and positive energy and really notice when you miss it. I’m glad I was able to find a program that was close to my home. It’s made all the difference.”|