Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on June 7, 2022.
Addiction support groups provide an array of benefits for those struggling with substance abuse. An essential component of most addiction recovery paths, peer-based recovery groups offer a safe environment for people to communicate their feelings and encourage others to deal with similar issues.
Social groups for recovering addicts are a powerful tool to promote sobriety when used with other forms of treatment like therapy and medication. Whether you opt for inpatient or outpatient care, peer-based recovery groups connect you with like-minded individuals as you discuss hopes, successes and the conflicting emotions associated with the healing process.
Addiction is complex and chronic, though highly treatable. While recovery might look different for each person, the primary goal of treatment is to help clients achieve and maintain sobriety.
Treatment often involves medically-assisted detoxification, therapy to treat underlying mental health problems and aftercare programs to help achieve long-term success.
One of the benefits of treatment is the option to attend group therapy, where you can receive and provide encouragement to others undergoing similar challenges. You can receive social support through any of these programs:
Support groups are an essential component of addiction recovery, whether you attend inpatient, outpatient or partial hospitalization programs. But what does social support look like?
First, you’ll meet in a group guided by a leader — typically a trained counselor, peer leader or social worker. Depending on the program, these meetings will occur regularly, typically once a week.
Your leader will facilitate each group discussion by asking members to share their successes and mistakes. You’ll communicate your goals and discuss your recovery process while encouraging your peers as they offer their aspirations.
Support groups aren’t intended to replace therapy. However, they can provide much-needed support through the recovery process and facilitate long-term success as an aftercare program. Types of addiction support groups available include:
Alongside medication, individual behavioral therapy and specialized self-help, ongoing social support can help clients avoid relapse and maintain a happy, healthy life. Various benefits of social support groups will help you overcome addiction and appreciate prolonged success.
If you have an addiction, you’ll face unpredictability and uncertainty throughout the recovery process. You’ll appreciate structure and organization with weekly group meetings to help you navigate life changes.
Support groups also foster growth by allowing accountability in the recovery process. When you publicly voice your goals, your peers can hold you accountable to meet them and point out techniques that might improve your recovery. You’ll adequately address mistakes while recognizing any underlying mental health issues that coincide with addiction.
While in support groups, clients can learn from others and build essential life skills. These might include:
Being in a group of people who share similar experiences cultivates a sense of belonging. You’ll find encouragement with those working toward the same goals and hoping to achieve a sober life. You’ll feel like you’re not alone and ultimately increase your self-confidence and drive to heal.
Meeting new people with similar stories also provides empathy during difficult emotional times. You can relate to others as they help you feel better about your situation and navigate life changes associated with addiction recovery. Support groups help to reduce isolation as you witness the healing of others.
Addiction recovery presents unique challenges. Therapy and social support are essential components of the healing process and can provide much-needed relief in these times.
At Diamond Detox, we’ll design a custom program to help you build and maintain your sober lifestyle. We offer partial hospitalization services, residential programs or outpatient treatment, depending on the level of care you need. You’ll receive the compassion and encouragement you deserve through our therapy sessions and social support groups.
To learn more about our services, contact us today.