What are Drug and alcohol support groups?
The concept of support groups, which are also sometimes called self-help groups and mutual support groups, involves peers discussing issues and offering emotional validation and self-care tips, with guidance from a leader who is not a professional doctor or therapist.
How does support groups work?
Support groups are typically small. They meet on a regular basis, usually once or twice per week, to discuss issues that have come up in that time and review new thoughts on the concerns brought up from the previous meeting. It is important to note, however, that support groups are not a replacement for therapy. Working with a therapist and attending a support group at the same time, especially for mental health issues associated with addiction, is the best combination for long-term recovery
Why are support groups important
The individual is surrounded by likeminded, healthy peers; from before rehabilitation may still struggle with addiction or may trigger relapse.
The individual can voice their concerns, struggles, and fears without judgment.
The individual gets “healthy peer pressure” from the group to focus on sobriety and overall wellbeing.
The individual has new friends and confidantes that can be reached in the event of a personal crisis.
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