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Overcoming Addiction: Support Group Therapy

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When overcoming an addiction of any kind no one should try to go it alone. It is a difficult process with a lot of ups and downs. For this reason it is important to have a reliable support group around you that you can lean on when it gets difficult. Friends and family are key to overcoming addiction, but there is another resource for those overcoming an addiction that can be very beneficial. This resource is support groups.

If you’re not exactly sure what a support group is, how it works or who should join one, then read on. A support group might be the solution for yourself or a loved one.

What is a Support Group?

A support group is a group of people who get together for the sake of encouraging each other because of similar addictions. The most popular and common support group around is alcoholics anonymous, better known as AA.

In these groups participation is encouraged, but not required. Participation simply looks like one talking about themselves and their issues. Who they are and what brought them there. It is common that in support groups each person is assigned a sponsor or an accountability partner. These are people that you can call when you are feeling the need to abuse a substance. They are those who will frequently check up on you to make sure you are doing alright. They offer advice and encouragement.

If you find yourself in a very intense and destructive addiction situation then you may need to admit yourself into a rehabilitation clinic or detox center. These facilities also offer support groups in-house.

Who is in a Support Group?

Typically, those in a support group are in the process of beating their addiction, but there are those who have overcome their addiction in the group as well. Those who have overcome their addiction attend meetings for the sake of staying sober and to help those that are still struggling with addiction.

Benefits of Joining a Support Group

Support groups provide an outlet and a safe place for someone to talk and express their feelings and emotions without the fear of judgment. Many times, addicts abuse substances for the sake of escaping deep emotional pain. Repressing the pain can be dangerous as it leads to a desire to “escape”. When you have the ability and means to express yourself then you have a better chance of overcoming your addiction.

Most support groups don’t cost anything and it is a great resource for therapy. Meetings are usually held in the evenings and even on the weekend for the sake of working around a person’s work schedule.

 

Seeking help and treatment for an addiction should be the number one priority of one who has a substance abuse problem, and like I said above, you can’t overcome an addiction on your own. It takes the support of those that care about you as well as advice and encouragement from those who have been in the same place as you.

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