The Role of Support Groups in Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery can be filled with many ups and downs. This is because becoming sober is just the beginning of your sobriety journey. While you’ll be leading a healthier, happier life, throughout your recovery journey you’ll still be faced with old triggers that run the risk of potentially jeopardizing your sobriety. In fact, around 50% of recovering addicts will relapse after receiving substance use disorder treatment. Fortunately, there are a variety of resources, like addiction support groups, that offer recovering addicts support and motivation to guide them along their recovery journey.

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What are Addiction Support Groups?

Addiction support groups are support groups for recovering addicts that help encourage and motivate members to maintain long-term sobriety. This is because your recovery journey is a life-long commitment that doesn’t just end once you complete drug or alcohol addiction treatment. Once you leave rehab, you’ll be faced with many triggers and urges to abuse drugs which can potentially jeopardize your sobriety. This is where support groups come in!

Addiction support groups bring together a group of recovering addicts and essentially encourage each member to stay accountable along their recovery journey. While support groups can vary depending on the type of addiction support group, the overall goal remains the same: bring together a group of recovering addicts and help each other maintain sobriety after treatment.

There are a number of different types of addiction support groups which vary depending on your exact recovery needs. Some common examples include:

  1. 12-Step Programs
  2. SMART Recovery (self-management and recovery training)
  3. Online Support Communities
  4. Moderation Management (MM)
  5. And More

Benefits of Attending Addiction Support Groups 

Now that you know more about what addiction support groups are, let’s dive into the many benefits of why you should consider joining a support group after receiving addiction treatment. 

Build a Sense of Community

Support groups offer you the chance to build a community around other individuals who understand what you are going through. While you can also receive support and community from loved ones after treatment, sometimes it can be difficult for loved ones to relate to what you are going through if they haven’t themselves recovered from drug addiction. Therefore, addiction support groups bring together other recovering addicts who share similar experiences as you.

Lean on Members for Support

During support groups, you can lean on other group members for advice or support as you progress along your recovery journey. Whether you are just starting your journey, or have been sober for years, you can find constant encouragement and inspiration from other individuals within your addiction support group.

Encourage and Inspire Others

As briefly mentioned above, addiction support groups can provide you with a sense of encouragement. Plus, you can inspire others who may not be as far along in their recovery journey as you are. Again, support groups can be beneficial for individuals who have been sober for less than a year, or individuals who have been sober for many years. 

Maintain a Sense of Accountability 

Last but not least, addiction support groups provide a sense of accountability to maintain your sobriety. You’ll not only be able to lean on others for support during times of need, but you’ll learn more about yourself and triggers you may not have even known you had. All of this can help reduce your risk of relapsing. 

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Addiction support groups offer a safe space for you to build a support group of peers who understand what you are going through. Whether you just became sober or have been sober for years, addiction support groups are beneficial for all recovering addicts looking for additional support and encouragement to help them maintain their sobriety.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction– help is available. At Seven Arrows, we are a leading drug rehab in Arizona that provides a range of treatment options to help as many patients as possible maintain life-long sobriety. Gone are the days of struggling in silence with your addiction.Ready to start your recovery journey? Contact us today!

Laura Harder, LAC, M.A.

About the Author:
Laura Bailey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Temple University in Philadelphia, and a Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe. Laura has worked in community mental health and residential settings throughout New Mexico and Arizona since 2013. Laura has a passion for treating addiction, trauma, and co-occurring disorders.

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Lindsay Rothschild is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Substance Abuse Professional with a passion for assisting others in activating their own inner healing intelligence. She completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Arizona State University in 2011 and went on to study various ancient wisdom traditions for healing. Her training as a Clinical Trauma Professional and over a decade of experience working with trauma survivors has afforded her a rich understanding of the powerful impact of trauma on the mind, body and soul.

Lindsay studied holistic nutrition and trauma informed yoga at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. Lindsay is certified in the Trauma-Conscious Yoga Method™ and is also a registered yoga teacher. She most recently completed training in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP). Lindsay partners with the Arizona Trauma Institute to facilitate trainings for mental health professionals and educators in the community in an effort to promote awareness around Trauma Informed Care. Lindsay is also the owner of Roots to Rise, PLLC where she provides somatic psychotherapy, EMDR therapy, supervision, trauma informed yoga, and substance abuse professional services. Lindsay describes herself as having a wild and free spirit, an open heart and a belief that all humans have the capacity for transformation and growth.

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