After initial physical detox, recovering from addiction requires continued maintenance. While this may seem overwhelming, many individuals–including staff at Steps Recovery–find that the steps necessary to achieve long term recovery, are some of the most rewarding pieces of their lives. The most important and enjoyable piece of this is healthy support, also known as “fellowship”.
What Is a Support System?
A support system is a group of people such as family, friends, and others in recovery who offer mental, emotional, and practical reinforcement to each other in both short and long term recovery. No matter what form the support takes, a helpful network provides guidance, acceptance, and reassurance. For those who are struggling with drug addiction, a healthy support system aims to help keep you safe and sober.
There are many avenues for sober support, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Facebook support groups, sober sports leagues.
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Why a Support System Is Essential For Drug Addiction Recovery
If you ask any person who has experienced triumph in recovery, they will likely attribute much of their success to their support groups. This shows that support systems are effective and essential for recovery.
Support Makes Recovery Last – Having a positive and encouraging support system can make the difference between falling into the cycle of relapse post-rehab, and a fulfilling life of long term recovery
Relieves Stress – Support systems help relieve stress during tense moments throughout alcohol and drug treatment. When actively involved, the individuals in your support group can identify signs of relapse and offer help.
Boosts Self-Confidence – High self-confidence will help patients remain motivated and focused. A compassionate network of supporters can deliver kindness and emotional support that leads to higher self-esteem.
Provides a Lifeline – When times get tough, support groups provide a safety net to help addicts deal with temptations, cravings, and triggers.
How to Support Someone in Recovery
If you have a friend or loved one in an addiction treatment program, your encouragement can make all the difference in their recovery. Here are a few ways you can demonstrate your support:
Be Accepting – There is a negative stigma surrounding addiction. As a supporter, your job is to accept and love them despite their compulsions. Individuals in recovery can be hesitant to open up about their experiences if they feel they are being judged.
Be Patient – Recovery is a long and complicated process. You can demonstrate your support by continuing to love them even when they stumble.
Be Informed – The last and MOST IMPORTANT step supporters need to take is to become educated. Taking the time to learn more about addiction and recovery will help you better understand what your loved one is experiencing. A great place to start is Al-anon or seeking information about family programs at Steps Recovery Centers.
Where to Find a Support System
If you are searching for a support system to help you along your recovery journey, there are many places you can look.
12-Step Meetings or Group Recovery – There are many different types of 12-Step and group therapy programs. Everyone involved understands exactly what it is like to undergo treatment.
National Helpline – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is a national helpline that is free, confidential, and open at all hours of the day. Individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders can call to receive support as needed.
Take Part in an Organization – Take advantage of a professional, specialist, or a community leader for your recovery support.
Reach Out to Friends and Family – Start by making a list of people who are already in your corner. Talk about your expectations and offer ideas about what will make you feel buoyed.
Get Started on Your Path to Healing with Steps Recovery Centers
At Steps Recovery Centers, we understand that drug addiction treatment is a marathon, not a sprint. Knowing that the road to sobriety is not easy, we are here to help you or a loved one in their fight against addiction. We have locations spanning Utah including Orem, Payson, St. George, Draper, and Murray. Reach out to get started on your path to healing today.