Recovery support is immensely helpful and efficacious for assisting individuals in finding the best possible experience recovery. Recovery support is all about using groups in rehab, (when one is still tackling his or her addiction), and outside of rehab, (when one is pursuing aftercare to maintain sobriety and to stay away from drugs and alcohol in the future effectively).
Recovery support puts recovering addicts in a position wherein they can offer both a helping hand to their fellow recovering addicts who are in those same support networks with them. It puts them in a situation in which they can share their experiences with other group members and receive helpful introspection, support, solidarity, consoling, and kind advice from their peers. All of this adds up to a multifaceted experience that is in all its ways and forms highly beneficial to those who involve themselves in it.
Recovery support is also referred to as group therapy or group meetings. It can be used for people who are still in rehab and are actively working to free themselves from drug and alcohol addiction. Or, it can be used on those who have already beaten addiction and who are only looking for a way to maintain and continue their sobriety and continue to work on leading a healthy and positive and pro-sobriety lifestyle.
Recovery support is one of the most effective and one of the most varied forms of addiction treatment, and it is something that has been around for a very long time. It is effective, easy to organize, and rewarding on many different levels. It enables people to feel as though they accomplished something, and it gives them a sense of victory and accomplishment. It makes people feel as though not only are they growing and getting better but it also gives them an opportunity to help others, which is something that is immensely beneficial for addicts to be involved with.
A History of Recovery Support Groups
It has long been known just how powerful the group can be when it comes to kicking an addiction. In a group environment, those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol experience both aspects of recovery by not only receiving help from members of the group. They also participate in the group and give each other guidance.
The majority of recovery groups are twelve-step based as most outpatient rehabs, aftercare programs, and group networks are, but recent years has also seen an increase of non-twelve step support groups too. For an example of how wide-spread and varied these groups are, a brief list of a just a few different groups has been included below:
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
- Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
- Heroin Anonymous (HA)
- Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA)
- Marijuana Anonymous (MA)
- Nicotine Anonymous (NicA)
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
- Pills Anonymous (PA)
- Association of Recovering Motorcyclists (ARM)
- LifeRing Secular Recovery (LSR)
- Moderation Management (MM)
- Pagans in Recovery (PIR)
- Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS)
- SMART Recovery
- Women For Sobriety (WFS)
How Serenity Uses Peer Support Groups
The staff at Serenity Point Recovery and the program itself is supportive and inclusive of peer support groups. We have seen many different kinds of group recovery systems work wonders on addicts, and we know that there is a special magic that occurs when a group of recovering addicts gets together to work on each addiction crisis together.
With this in mind, we made a point to include peer support groups as a part of our program. We offer different group settings, so clients can pick and choose which ones they feel will suit them best. We even have support groups that touch on the various results of addiction, like anger management groups, cognitive thinking groups, family values groups, and relapse prevention groups. We feel it is beneficial to isolate specific topics for discussion and group recovery, rather than going at it in a generalized manner. This enables our clients to focus on one aspect of addiction at a time, and this is highly beneficial.
Peer support groups to effect positive change and high growth within the unit are very helpful to each addict. These methods have been in use for some time now, and we recognize them as being the highly effective techniques.