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How to Get Sober; Support is Key!

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Posted: August 27, 2015

People have been seeking treatment for their addictions for centuries, and the number of recoveries’ increases every day. Upon deciding what treatment method is right for you, whether it be residential rehab, sober living homes, or a medical detox, it is important to know what research has shown as the keys to success among recovery from addiction. Education on this matter is important because rehab can get very expensive so you want to utilize all the tools available after taking the first courageous step and deciding to attend a program for the addiction. After doing much research, there seems to be one concurrent factor that holds true among the most successful rehabilitation programs, and that is a solid support system! The first support system that is key in recovering from alcohol or drug addiction is that of your family. Addiction is known for destroying family relationships and the communication that is needed for a healthy family life. Often time, family members enable the addict until their resources have been drained and they give up completely. This is detrimental because by the time the family has “given up,” relationships between the addict and his/her family have been entirely destroyed. Addiction effects a family just as much as it effects the addict and education about this is very important. If family is willing to play an active role in one’s recovery, his/her chances of success is much greater. For this reason, many rehab programs encourage family involvement throughout treatment and put much emphasis on the education of family members and the importance of their involvement. The next type of support system is friends. This one may be tricky because frequently individuals surround themselves with other like-minded individuals. In short, this means drug and alcohol users are friends and hang around other drug and alcohol users. It is of the utmost importance, especially for those new to recovery, to stay away from people and environments in which they used drugs and alcohol previously. If the person in recovery has friends that are sober, this is great news! However, if they don’t have friends that refrain from the use of drugs and alcohol, it’s important to make new relationships with people who will support your recovery and be a positive influence with the decision to remain free and clean from these drugs. Lastly, is the support that can come from public groups such as Alcohol Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Public support groups such as these provide anonymous support from others who are struggling with the same issues and are a way to form a bond or alliance between many individuals who are struggling with addiction. These groups are a great way to seek support either in addition to family and friends, or as a substitute for those who do not have sufficient support from family and friends. Support groups such as AA and NA hold meetings that individuals can attend whether they are feeling particularly down, or to keep spirits high in regards to remaining sober. Through attending these meetings, you can also find a “sponsor” or someone you can call who has been through similar struggles and can provide peer support if the addict feels the temptation to relapse. I have heard numerous stories about sponsor’s becoming an avid part in helping individuals recover from the abuse of drugs and alcohol, so I would definitely encourage all those in treatment to seek out these resources after completion of treatment. Overall, having social support during recovery is instrumental in achieving success and maintaining a healthy and sober lifestyle. If you or a loved one is looking to take the first step and attend a treatment program, or are looking for local support, you can contact Remember there are resources out there for everyone, and although having support is very significant in remaining free from drugs influence, it is only one of the many resources available to you and your family!

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