The Importance of a Support Group in Addiction Recovery

By John Drake | Drug Addiction

Sep 30
Recovering from addiction is a gigantic step toward a better life for yourself and those close to you. The journey of recovery will have twists and turns that may threaten to derail you. Just as you accepted help to overcome your addiction, you will continue to need the guidance and assistance of other caring people to stay clean.

Heading in a new direction in life calls for emotional strength that is difficult to muster and sustain alone. By surrounding yourself with people who will support you in your journey, you can increase the chances that you will remain and flourish on the right track. Here are a few reasons why a support group is so important for you.

Insight
When you face a difficult situation, you might be tempted to deal with your emotions by resorting to alcohol or drugs. The perspectives of others who care about you can help you navigate your way through your challenge in a healthy way.

Encouragement
People tend to perform at higher levels when someone is cheering them on. The encouragement of others who care about you is a powerful motivator to plow through rough spots and climb above situations that would otherwise pull you down.

Accountability
It can be easy to become overconfident in recovery or revert to self-sabotaging habits, either of which could lead to relapse. Having people in your life who are watching out for you will help you identify potential pitfalls and give you advice to help you avoid traps that may snare you back into addiction.

Camaraderie
It is easier to be honest about your struggles with others who have experienced similar difficulties. This sharing empowers everyone in the process: the sharers find freedom in opening their hearts to empathetic listeners who in turn gain strength by encouraging the sharers.

People that participate in recovery support groups tend to be more positive about their treatment. The invaluable emotional support they receive and give bolsters them and others to live a sober life. It is well worth the effort to be a part of the healing process for yourself and others on the journey of recovery.

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