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How Do I Know if I Need a Support Group?

Support Groups After Treatment: Be in it for the Win

Treatment allows you to create a new and healthy lifestyle away from drugs and Alcohol.

While in treatment, we help you become re-accustomed to standard daily living activities such as eating healthy meals, time management, self-discipline, communication skills, personal responsibility, and much more.

From learning acceptable outlets for stressful situations to successfully interacting with others while sober, our life coaches work with you to be able to apply what you learned during treatment, in your life throughout recovery.

Fresh Out of Treatment: How is Your Aftercare Plan?

One of the most important things to have in place when transitioning from treatment to your new drug and alcohol-free life is an aftercare plan.

An aftercare plan is your strategy for remaining sober, even in moments that may elicit old feelings of wanting to use or drink again.
Your personal aftercare plan should be constructed with the help of your therapist and include things that address your cravings, stressful and social interactions, and mindful planning of what to do when faced with a possible relapse situation. With these things in place, our graduates find much more confidence in coming out of the treatment environment and into a less controlled environment: the outside world.

When creating your aftercare plan, your therapist will help you determine your triggers and help identify what your challenges could be. With a plan in place before these situations present themselves, it is abundantly easier to avoid relapse.

How Can Support Groups Help You: IOP Support or Meetings

Support groups are a vital part of recovery and should also be a part of your aftercare plan.

The best part about support groups is that you are regularly around others that share in the same goals and challenges that you have. They are a wealth of information in techniques that help you continue the healthy life you’ve worked so hard for.

You may choose Intensive Outpatient support that involves a continuation of what you learned in treatment multiple times per week or groups of your peers that meet less often. Talk to your therapist to determine what will make the most sense for you. Perhaps you may find that IOP support is what you’re most comfortable with at first, and then later, when you’re ready, you may want to realign yourself with weekly group meetings. The plan will be tailored to your individual needs to ensure your highest chance for success.

Surrounding yourself with people who celebrate your sobriety with you will encourage you to maintain or even increase your efforts. This encouragement is often the extra fortitude you need, especially at first, to reinforce the creed you are now living by.

Most participants in support groups are surprised by how fulfilling these experiences can be. Not only do they become a sounding board for its members, but you’ll also find that they are willing to hear your struggles, offer perspective, and hold you accountable (you’ll learn more about this in treatment). Support groups include people from all backgrounds and walks of life. This diversity allows you to hear viewpoints and solutions that you may not have had access to before joining the group.

The Sober Community and Your Fulfilling Life

You’re not alone in your sobriety — there is a large community of people who have been where you are and who want to go where you’re going. Spending your time with people who are on the same path makes the effort to stay clean and sober less of an anomaly in social situations. If you need extra support, maybe a sponsor will be your best option.

In addition to support, make an effort to get out of your head as much as possible. Join a running a club or take a cooking class. Find a sobriety-based club with social events or activities — there are plenty. There is a wealth of options that will show you how content your life can be and that will allow you to live the life you envisioned when you began this journey of sobriety. Be sure to keep your support meetings on your schedule, as they will enhance your conviction for a clean and sober life.

After treatment, you will be continuing to rebuild your life. You may be reconciling relationships and reclaiming the things that make you, you. We are confident that being active in support groups will help you navigate this time of healing.

Should you envision a life of fulfillment and sobriety, contact us. A Better Today can see a clear path from where you are today to where you wish you were, even if it’s hard for you to see yourself right now. We can help you get there by connecting you to a treatment center that is right for you. We’re waiting to hear from you.