Addiction recovery is a long and winding road. The possibilities of relapse threaten to destroy the sobriety individuals have worked so hard to maintain. It can often feel lonely, and people find themselves feeling misunderstood as they struggle against their inner demons. A beneficial resource for someone striving for sobriety is a peer support group, one filled with people who have walked — or are currently walking — your same path who can commiserate with you on your everyday struggles.
A major challenge in seeking a life that is now substance or alcohol free is having to sever ties with those you likely consider closest in your life. There may have been individuals who engaged or enabled your addictive tendencies. These could be family members, friends, old drug dealers or coworkers.
As you begin to distance yourself from triggering moments, you might find yourself drifting further and further away from the people who once filled your life. Moments like these can be very beneficial to find yourself a peer support group. This will be a group of people who have similar conditions or circumstances as you who are also seeking to reach long term recovery from their addiction.
If you are working with a doctor to seek addiction recovery, they’ll likely be able to suggest some addiction recovery peer groups for you to join. If you are currently taking your journey without medical help, there are many resources for finding peer support groups. At Jackson House, we offer peer support groups to help you with your addiction recovery and maintenance because we understand how helpful these groups can be as you strive for a new addiction-free life.
As you begin your addiction recovery process, speak with your doctor or therapist to ask for suggestions for peer addiction support groups. They may be affiliated with a program or group they can recommend, or will know of helpful organizations for you to contact.
These groups will typically meet at a set time. This could be a few times a month or even a couple times a week. The goal is to become comfortable with this group of peers to share your struggles and seek support, or even guidance from those who have already undergone a similar struggle.
If you’re coming to the end of your initial treatment but want to continue the use of a support group, options are still available to keep you on track:
You can also stay connected with people who were in your original peer addiction recovery group. These people have already been part of your life in such an influential way. Work to maintain these relationships as you continue your journey towards recovery. You can still get together with these people as you continue to provide genuine connections and support throughout your recovery process.
Relapse prevention and peer support are inclusive methods from the team of experienced physicians, nurses, doctoral and masters level therapists at Jackson House Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers. Not only are you provided with modern amenities and community support, you're surrounded by trained and Certified Addiction Counselors and peer specialists who strive to make your road to recovery a successful one. Let your peers at Jackson House guide you through rehabilitation.