Support Groups & Communities
Without a doubt, one of the most effective forms of treatment for recovering addicts and abusers are support groups and focused communities. It allows people to gather together to share in their struggles and experiences and collectively help them find coping mechanisms and beacons of hope.
This mutual support is essential to the recovery process because it helps people maintain an active approach aimed at their specific “sobriety.” When mutual support is found during the recovery process, recovering addicts are better able to improve their physical and emotional well-being.
Types of Support Groups
Just like not every addiction is the same, not every support group offers the same treatment. You’ll meet groups that are very closely knit because they’ve all been together for a long time, you’ll find groups that are based on spiritual recovery, and there will be groups that come in varying sizes depending on the layout of the mission and the people.
In many of these groups, you’ll find they have both open and closed meeting opportunities. Closed groups are generally only accessible to the person looking to overcome their addiction, while open groups are accessible to people looking to support recovering addicts like friends, family or even supportive volunteers.
Support can also be found for those affected by an addicts’ choices. There are just as many groups helping life partners, spouses, friends and family members of addicts or abusers. Though a group may be different in many different ways, the point of each group is to provide strength, understanding and support for those who have hurt others or those who have been hurt.
Finding a Support Group
When you call the NRH for help, we’ll gladly set you up with groups or gatherings in your area so you have an outlet of like-minded people for support. If you are still looking for continued support or something a bit different, we suggest talking to your trusted family doctor, a social worker, or even a religious figurehead, such a pastor, to see how they can get involved and if they know any groups in the area. Social services will also be glad to help you find the treatment resources you need.
The Right Place Feels Like Home
The most important thing you should feel when you join a group is comfortable. If you aren’t comfortable, you aren’t focusing on the reasons for being there and you’ll lose sight of the big picture. A positive group should motivate and inspire you with information and stories that you can use and share to become a better person. You must naturally adopt the teachings and beliefs that are shared within the room and they must align with your personal values. It may take a few trips to find the perfect group to suit your specific needs.