Recovery Support Group
Recovery Support Groups are an essential part of recovery. One of the keys to overcoming addictions and destructive life patterns is to not attempt to do it alone. In a support group, you have the opportunity to receive insight, encouragement, and emotional support from other people who are walking through a similar recovery journey. Your fellow group members understand the difficulties of overcoming an addiction, the temptations to return to past behaviors and life patterns, the challenges in repairing relationships, and the trial of finding employment. As they realize they are not alone in addiction, many people experience a sense of empowerment and increased responsibility to change their lives. Support groups provide safe and understanding sources of accountability to support you in your journey to an addiction-free life. You also will have the opportunity to learn from the insights provided by peers in different stages of the recovery process. A recovery support group also provides opportunities for sober activities and social settings with other people who understand the complexity of relearning your own identity and how you fit into appropriate social engagement. It has been shown that individuals who participate in recovery support groups are more positive about their treatment and more likely to maintain an addiction-free, healthy, balanced life.
Typically, a recovery support group is comprised of 8 to 10 individuals from different stages of the recovery process. Groups meet once a week to discuss the concerns they are facing in their lives, particularly in relation to their journey of recovery. Usually emotional and health concerns are primary, but this is by no means a rule. Recovery support groups are separated by addiction type and sometimes age or gender. This enables the participants to be better able to relate to the experiences and struggles of their fellow group members. Occasionally, group meetings are facilitated by a professional psychologist or counselor who can provide addition support and therapeutic input or strategies, when appropriate. Group counselors are particularly helpful for newly formed groups, when there are often more thoughts of relapsing or as group members are more rapidly discovering insights into their life situation.
Some Benefits from a Recovery Support Group:
- Feelings of community
- Improved coping skills
- Less feelings of isolation and loneliness
- Feeling of control or empowerment
- Lessened depression
- Lessened anxiety
- Realizing that you’re not alone
- Feelings of hope for the future
- Accountability to maintain a healthy addiction-free life
- Life long friendships
As you seek recovery with us at Recovery Restart, please take advantage of the opportunity to participate in a recovery support group. The friendship and accountability you find within your group could be one of the keys to your successful recovery.