Breaking the bonds of addiction is not an easy task. For many individuals struggling with drug and alcohol abuse, completing a medical detox and rehab treatment program is not enough to help them abstain and continue their sobriety. A recovery support group can provide the encouragement needed to stay on the right track.
A Place for Trust and Acceptance
As a general rule, a support group meets on a regular basis: once a week, bi-weekly and some more frequently. The setting is usually informal with an atmosphere that creates a sense of security and trust. Participants should be able to share their thoughts, struggles and feelings without feeling threatened or judged. For many recovering addicts and alcoholics, acceptance and not rejection, is crucial to their success.
Sharing a Common Bond
A support group makes it possible for interaction between individuals that share a common bond: recovery. Listening to other people share their stories, good and bad, can be very therapeutic and help someone who is struggling with relapse get back on track and stay sober.
A Sense of Family
In many cases, the support group becomes “the family” for the person in recovery. It is not unusual to hear during a meeting that a person’s family has cut off ties with them because of their substance abuse/addiction. Meeting with others in recovery allows them to rebuild relationships and connections.
Confidentiality is a Must
Support groups should follow some basic principles and guidelines such as maintaining absolute confidentiality of the members. 12 Step groups such as A.A. and N.A. pride themselves on the idea “what happens in the meeting, stays in the meeting.”
Followed By Respect
Another key attribute of a good support group is respect for the members. It is non-productive if members interrupt and criticize another member, especially when they are speaking. Tolerance, respect and acceptance are imperative for a new member to not only want to share, but also want to return.
Accountability and Direction
A well-organized, well-established support group can have an impact for accountability on its members. When the members are genuinely invested in the successful sobriety of other members, it is likely that a positive outcome will result. Leaders and members who show care and concern for others will in turn have members who want to be successful.
Support Group – Not Treatment
Finally, it is important to understand that support groups are not treatment programs or detox. By nature, a support group is just that “support”. It might be necessary for you to enter a detox facility to “get clean” as a first step to your new sober life. Once you no longer have the chemical toxins from drug and alcohol use in your body, you will be ready to begin fresh and focus on your recovery. If you or someone you know are struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from alcohol and drugs and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 888-228-9114, to see if our treatment program is right for you.