If you’re struggling to adapt to life after rehab, you’re not alone. Find out how support groups can make all the difference in your recovery.
Aftercare is a huge part of a successful recovery from addiction. This can involve attending a support group led by either a mental health professional or a peer. These groups are tailored to a range of struggles: alcohol and substance abuse, and addictions to food, sex, gambling or gaming. They help link traditional medical treatment with the very real need for mental and emotional support, to strengthen your ability to cope with daily challenges and move forward with your new life.
Read on to find out what you have to gain from being part of a support group.
1. You’re not the only one going through this.
Dealing with triggers, facing life sober—these are difficult changes to undergo alone. When people emerge from an inpatient rehab programme, they often experience feelings of isolation or loneliness at a time in which you could be vulnerable to relapse. Joining a support group means you protect yourself by surrounding yourself with others who share your struggle, and who can provide you with encouragement and coping mechanisms—and vice versa.
2. You learn to express yourself.
It can be very therapeutic to be in an environment where you can say what you feel without fear of being judged. When you’ve turned to drugs or alcohol to cope with problems, it’s easy to develop a habit of withdrawing from social situations when you’re sober. In a support group, you have a chance to re-learn these interactions without heightened anxiety, and to fully communicate, meaning to both listen and be heard.
3. You learn about yourself.
Who are you when you’re sober? You may not have had the chance to explore this recently, and recovery gives you a chance to reinvent yourself as a person you can be proud of. Learning how to manage challenging situations—a big part of support group therapy—helps you figure out who you are. It also helps you identify and celebrate your successes and breakthroughs in your personal path forward.
4. You can cut back on stress, and feel a greater sense of hope.
Support groups help you deal with depression, anxiety, and distress. Talking through issues with others in the group helps to minimise negative feelings that you might be carrying around. Working with people who have overcome their addiction and are at a later stage in recovery will give you an example to work toward and help in goal-setting. Also, as you see others benefit from your insights, it will also give you a greater sense of self-worth and purpose to know you have helped them, too.
5. You can find out about other helpful resources.
In a support group, the focus will likely be on practical tips for dealing with triggers, relapse, or addiction in general. It’s also not uncommon to get recommendations for helpful reading materials and online resources related to sobriety. And the best part is that this is very affordable—support groups are often free, and when they do require a payment, it is considerably less than private therapy.
Find Out More with Rehab Asia
Read more about the benefits of support groups—outlined by a clinical psychologist—here. It can be difficult to find the right help when you’re fighting addiction, but Rehab Asia connects people with the best treatment in Asia. This ranges from intensive inpatient primary care to aftercare and monitoring—including access to group therapy. If you need greater support in your struggle with alcohol or drugs, contact us today, and let us help you get on track to reach your recovery goals.