Once you complete an inpatient or outpatient treatment program, the kind of support you receive plays a critical role in the success of your recovery. Participating in addiction support groups can keep you focused on staying sober and rebuilding your life.
Arkview Recovery helps connect patients to a group therapy program and other aftercare programs. We remain committed to your success long after you’ve left our facility.
The Reality of Addiction
The chronic nature of addiction means you’ll have to deal with it for the rest of your life. While there’s no cure, it is a treatable condition you can successfully manage. The goal of recovery is to remain free of drugs and alcohol. Maintaining your sobriety requires commitment and focus. Long-term follow-up care can go a long way in keeping you healthy.
It’s important to note that relapse is common. The relapse percentages vary depending on the substance used, but most people relapse after recovery. That’s one reason to have a support program in place, like an aftercare program or support group, when difficulties arise. Be those difficulties a total relapse, intense cravings, or a stressful period, a support group can be there for you.
Signing up for group therapy or joining a support group allows you to build a network of people to turn to when things seem bleak. You’re held accountable for your actions but receive encouragement and feedback on your recovery efforts. Hearing the stories of others dealing with addiction can give you insights into how you handle your commitment to sobriety.
If you’re fresh out of recovery, you may benefit from ongoing treatment in an outpatient program. Support groups, while helpful, can’t replace the benefits of effective behavioral therapy.
How to Find Support Groups After Rehab
The support you need is out there. Many support groups are available to those with a history of addiction. Look for support groups in your area and ask friends, family, or support staff if they can recommend any that meet your needs.
Some support groups are even specifically designed for recovering addicts. These meetings provide an opportunity to share experiences and support each other. It’s also an excellent way to make sure you stay connected with people who understand the struggles of addiction.
Some places you can find support groups include:
- Rehabilitation facilities
- State-run programs
- Online support communities
- Local support groups
- Outpatient therapy centers
The support group should be free, non-judgmental, and provide helpful advice and support in recovery. Look for support groups certified by an organization like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.
At Arkview Recovery, we support our clients in finding support groups and connecting with the resources they need to maintain their recovery after treatment. Support groups are essential for long-term success in recovering from addiction.
Benefits of a 12-Step Program
Groups founded on the philosophy of the 12 steps typically have peer-led leadership versus guidance from addiction professionals. You start by admitting that you are powerless in the face of your addiction and express a belief in something greater than yourself.
Other steps in the program typically require taking ownership of past actions and attempting to make amends to people harmed during your addiction. There’s no cost to join a 12-step support group. You can usually find one in most cities and towns throughout the U.S.
Participants keep the identities of other attendees confidential. Anyone who needs support is welcome to take part in a meeting. Frequent attendance is encouraged, and most people end up aligning with a sponsor, someone willing to mentor individuals new to recovery.
Support Groups for Recovering Addicts
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a well-known 12-step program designed to help people who need help with a drinking problem. Support groups are also available for individuals struggling with a substance use disorder.
There are also programs like Al-Anon available to help the families of individuals with an addiction. The disease affects everyone around you, and loved ones also need a place to talk about what they’ve been through during a loved one’s recovery.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is similar to AA but geared toward people with drug addiction. Variations of NA include Cocaine Anonymous (CA) and Marijuana Anonymous (MA). The only requirement to join any of these groups is the desire to stop using drugs.
Some people feel more comfortable in a support group not built around the idea of a higher power. Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) is a science-based support group that doesn’t endorse spirituality. The focus is less on making up for past wrongs and more on improving the present and future.
Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) is another 12-step alternative. It helps people dealing with various forms of addiction, including disordered eating. The support group focuses on empowering members instead of calling upon a spiritual deity.
Solidify Your Recovery with a Support Group After Rehab with Arkview
If you’re ready to move on from a life free of substance abuse, Arkview Recovery may be just what you need. Our recovery programs provide you with the necessary tools to become sober, including:
- Family therapy program
- Detox program
- Residential treatment program
- Addiction therapy programs
Learn more about resources for support after rehab from our team today by calling 717.744.0756 or completing our confidential online form.