taking advantage of support groups

Anyone who has battled addiction knows the strife that comes with it. The feelings of despair, hopelessness, and loneliness are often enough to drive the strongest-willed individuals to reach for their substance of choice. Fortunately, we’ve come a long way in the development of substance abuse treatment, and we now know what factors contribute to a successful recovery from addiction. Support is the backbone of recovery, and support groups can be some of the best sources of encouragement.


A quality substance abuse treatment facility offers several things to its patients, including but not limited to:

  • Intensive therapy
  • Support groups
  • Medicated detox
  • Psychotherapy
  • Group therapy
  • Complementary therapies

The support group has long been a strong model of care for rehabilitation. In today’s society, these groups can be found in many formats, from in-person meetings to unofficial groups created on social media sites. All of these groups serve the same purpose: to bring fellow sufferers together in unity and to strengthen each other through positive reinforcement.

In the professional rehab setting, support groups are generally led by a medical professional or licensed therapist who can guide the group in progressive topics and engage members in open discussions about their struggles. The most popular support group format is the 12-step model that Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) promote. An Alcohol Treatment Quarterly study boasted results in which substance abusers were 4.1 to 8.6 times more likely to remain drug- and alcohol-free over a given period of time via continued participation with the 12-step program.

Post-treatment support

Whether you participate in outpatient or inpatient treatment for your substance abuse problem, the intensive treatment period will come to an end at some point. Post-treatment, patients either continue with therapy, or they stop participating in it. The former have a much greater chance of remaining sober and drug-free than the latter. Support groups encourage the bonds that addicts form in rehab, and many of these relationships blossom into lifelong friendships that serve as strong sources of support when the addict is struggling with the urge to relapse.

Support groups like NA and AA are widely available across the nation, and around the world, at little to no cost to members. People battling addictions alongside mental health disorders are strongly encouraged to remain in contact with a licensed therapist in conjunction with participation in support groups. Among all mentally ill persons, 29 percent are substance abusers, per Helpguide.

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Today, you could change it all. We’re dedicated to giving our patients the best care the field has to offer. While you’re working with us, you’ll find the support you’ve been lacking. When you leave, you’ll do so knowing that our door is always open, and you’re always welcome here. Speak up; call us today.

Taking Advantage of Support Groups
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