Recovery Support System: You Don’t Have to Go it Alone

For those experiencing addiction, their substance use can lead to physical dependence, and often with the constant mental refrain, “You’re not good enough,” “You’re broken, defective and alone.” This heartbreaking mindset often only furthers addiction’s hold and convinces people of their isolation. Knowing that this is at the heart of addiction and how these individuals view themselves, it makes sense why Johann Hari says, “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety – it is human connection.” That’s why recovery support systems are so critical to the process.

The opposite of addiction is not sobriety—it is human connection.

Johann Hari

A solid recovery support system can help people cope and overcome obstacles. Unfortunately, however, addiction can cause relationships to suffer. By the time you’re convinced of the need to seek treatment, it’s possible your addiction may have already driven your primary supporters away. So, who should you turn to when your recovery support system feels nonexistent? 

The answer? Addiction specialists and specifically group therapy led by a trained provider. At The Right Step, you can participate in expert-led group therapy sessions. In these microcosms that tend to resemble our primary relationships, connecting with recovering individuals can be exactly what you need to keep the same negative tapes from playing in your head and experience acceptance instead of shame. 

The Purpose of Support Systems

Often, the thought of group therapy can be terrifying. Discussing personal issues with people you’ve just met? Admitting mistakes out loud? You may feel tempted to run the other way. You may ask yourself what you could get from opening up to others. But this is the truth: group therapy can provide connections and recovery tools that help heal the body, mind and spirit. Through doing this hard work of speaking honestly about our experiences and how we see ourselves, healing is invited to do its work. 

Each different type of group therapy has its place in substance abuse treatment. 

Psychoeducational Group – Whether you are the individual undergoing treatment or a family member brought in to offer recovery support, these groups meant to offer psychological education about the mechanisms of addiction are incredibly needed, especially in the beginning. 

Support Group – A group like this offered during or after treatment will be incredibly helpful. Individuals can speak about challenges they’re going through and receive advice from other group members. 

Process Group – The most strictly therapeutic of the options, a process group is an opportunity to get into deeper discussions about how you interact with others in your life. It centers on the belief that you will engage with others within the group how you are with others in your life. This engagement allows you to recognize patterns within the group and practice acting in new ways in both arenas. 

Can You Benefit From Group Programs?

Truly, group therapy is for everyone, although individuals may feel anxious and hopeless about participating. However, anxiety disorders and other conditions don’t have to stop your success in group therapy. Treatment specialists at The Right Step implement group therapy with other therapy forms for various conditions like

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Alcohol addiction
  • Prescription and recreational drug abuse
  • Gambling addiction
  • Sex addiction

The Benefits of Group Therapy

In most cases, families are the primary recovery support systems for individuals in recovery. However, watching someone battle substance abuse can be complicated. Family members may feel hopeless and frustrated. Trust, honesty and understanding may lack as a result of addiction. Especially in these cases, it can be crucial to find a support system outside the home. Connecting with others in group therapy can give you hope for treatment and recovery. So can moving to a sober living home.

Reciprocal Support

Group therapy and sober living communities at The Right Step encourage connection and communication. Counselors teach, guide and coach their clients. Likewise, other recovering individuals offer companionship and understanding. They’re fighting a battle similar to yours. They can relate to you in ways your family and friends can’t. Just like you, they’re committed to recovery. You can keep each other accountable for recovery goals. You can listen to and learn from each other without judgment and root for each other’s lasting sobriety.

Forming support systems with others in residential treatment can boost your confidence. You can develop the strength needed to rebuild relationships with your loved ones. Sharing your story in group therapy can help you discuss your addiction more easily. 

Get the Recovery Support System You Deserve at The Right Step

Residential treatment at The Right Step entails holistic and evidence-based treatment options, including:

Clinicians at this center help you and your recovery support systems. They’ll guide you and your loved ones in family therapy sessions when you’re ready. You and your family will have opportunities to discuss treatment and ask questions. Professionals can provide information that guides discussions about your addiction and experiences. Call The Right Step at 844.529.2432 to embark on your recovery journey.

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