Reasons to Attend Support Group
Putting an addiction behind you is often difficult, especially without the right type of support. Although, there are some people who have managed to escape their addiction with very little to no help from others. Unfortunately, it is far more common for those who attempt to go it alone to fail.
What Can You Expect from Support Groups?
2. Facing any type of challenge alone can be overwhelming. It takes a great deal of effort to give up an addiction and build a new life while in recovery. Many people find these challenges easier to cope with when they know they aren’t alone.
3. Going from rehab back into the community can be extremely stressful and difficult. Those leaving rehab will face familiar temptations, which often lead to relapse. Attending support groups can help make the transition from rehab to community living go much smoother.
4. Along with temptations, another common trigger for relapse is boredom. Prior to becoming sober, much of the day was contributed to obtaining and using drugs and/or alcohol, which means when you get sober, there will be more free time. Becoming bored may lead someone to believe that living life in recovery is not as satisfying as it was when they were using. Attending a support group means there is something to do, which is extremely important during the early phases of recovery.
5. Being sober typically means saying goodbye to a familiar social network because it is too dangerous for the person to spend time with friends who are still using drugs and/or alcohol. This may lead to feeling loneliness and the need to meet up with old acquaintances. Attending a support group will give you an opportunity to build a new social network, one with those who have similar goals.
6. Many, if not all, support groups have a few members who are more experienced in their recovery. These people can be extremely helpful in providing information about overcoming common obstacles in sobriety. Those who are new to sobriety can benefit from the advice of those who have managed to survive long-term sobriety.
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