Completing drug or alcohol rehab is a huge accomplishment. However, the work is never done. Recovery is a lifelong journey, and staying sober is a part of that. Maintaining sobriety can be difficult without assistance. We recognize that there are people who do not have strong support systems. That is why recovery support groups are essential. Here is some information about recovery support groups and how they can benefit you.
What Are Recovery Support Groups?
A recovery support group is a group that was designed to help those recovering from addiction maintain their recovery. After completing a treatment program, a recovery support group can help make the transition back to regular life easier. There are several types of recovery support groups. Each is designed to provide support, education, and resources for those recovering from addiction.
In a recovery support group, the structure of every meeting is usually the same. Following an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) format, group members take turns sharing their stories without judgment from other group members. These groups can be a helpful resource in addiction recovery as they can resemble group therapy sessions.
What Are the Different Types of Recovery Support Programs?
12-Step Programs are widely available all over the world. The more popular ones are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). In these meetings, individuals are encouraged to share their stories and experiences with drugs or alcohol so they can remember why they no longer need or use these substances.
The idea behind a 12-step recovery program is that members help each other achieve and maintain sobriety with the help of a higher power. Your higher power does not have to be God if you do not identify with Christianity. However, your “God” is a large part of your recovery. The 12-step program can be helpful for many. However, others can struggle with the strong religious element of the program. The 12 steps of recovery practiced in these programs include the following:
- Admitting powerlessness over the addiction
- Believing that a higher power (in whatever form) can help
- Deciding to turn control over to the higher power
- Taking a personal inventory
- Admitting to the higher power, oneself, and another person the wrongs done
- Being ready to have the higher power correct any shortcomings in one’s character
- Asking the higher power to remove those shortcomings
- Making a list of wrongs done to others and being willing to make amends for those wrongs
- Contacting those who have been hurt unless doing so would harm the person
- Continuing to take personal inventory and admitting when one is wrong
- Seeking enlightenment and connection with the higher power via prayer and meditation
- Carrying the message of the 12 Steps to others in need
Self-Management and Recovery Training
The self-management and recovery training (SMART Recovery) approach could be a better fit for those who prefer a less spiritual form of recovery. Unlike a 12-step program, individuals are encouraged to focus on changing their thought patterns. They focus more on addressing triggers and aligning their behaviors with their values and who they want to be.
These programs are not as widely-known or abundant as 12-step programs, so it can be challenging to find in-person meetings.
Moderation Management (MM)
Moderation management is a recovery support group for people who would like to moderate their alcohol use instead of giving up on alcohol entirely. This program focuses on educating about alcohol and helping individuals find ways to self-manage their alcohol use.
To start this program, individuals must first abstain from alcohol use for 30 days. While this program can be beneficial for some, others find that they do better choosing complete abstinence.
What Are the Benefits of Recovery Support Programs?
There are numerous reasons why recovery support groups are beneficial. Here are a few.
A group environment can be the perfect place to help you stay positive and encouraged to continue on your journey to recovery. Recovery is a bumpy road, and support groups can help you maintain that streak of good habits or pick you back up when you have fallen down.
Learn New Skills
Many recovery programs offer resources for their members. In these groups, you meet a variety of people with unique experiences. These people can teach you new skills to deal with triggers and urges.
Additionally, going to these meetings can put things into perspective. The new people that you meet can offer you fresh perspectives on your problems and help you view your situation in a different light.
Get Support From Peers
One of the most beneficial things that a recovery support group offers is the ability to share your stories and experiences with others who have been through similar things. The opportunity to talk through your feelings without feeling judged can make your experience in recovery much easier.
Build Sober Relationships
A key component of living sober is having relationships with people who will encourage your sobriety rather than hinder it. By surrounding yourself with people with similar goals, you are setting yourself up for success.
This new environment is filled with a compassionate, supportive, and secure place to explore thoughts and feelings you have never had before. Allowing yourself to build healthy relationships will remind you of your goals and keep you on the right path to recovery.
Learn About Relapse Prevention From Magnolia Ranch Recovery
Magnolia Ranch Recovery is a treatment facility that cares about every person who walks through our doors. We understand how daunting it can be to seek addiction treatment and to maintain sober after treatment. This is why we offer relapse prevention education. Recovery support programs can greatly benefit those who are dedicated to maintaining their sobriety.
Learning about your options after treatment can help you transition into a life you love while receiving continuous support. If you are interested in overcoming a drug or alcohol addiction, reach out to our team at Magnolia Ranch Recovery today. We would be delighted to help.