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Choosing a Recovery Support System

Choosing a Recovery Support System

Inpatient treatment is designed to treat mental health issues, behaviors and underlying causes of addiction, as well as withdrawal and other physical symptoms. In addition to medical and psychological health care, you may need support from those you can relate to succeed in long-term recovery. You can get this support in group therapy with sympathetic peers, and close friends and family may visit or write letters to you in treatment. Having a support system during and after treatment is an important part of recovering successfully.

How Support Systems Help Addiction Recovery

Recovering addicts may face poor financial situations, weakened family relationships and other issues when getting sober. Stress from these issues may encourage addiction, or they may have developed due to drug use. Without a recovery support system, addicts may be more likely to relapse as they deal with difficult issues. Those who only recently began recovery may be especially vulnerable to relapse as they are only just learning to manage stress and uncomfortable feelings without depending on drugs. Peers and loved ones can provide much-needed moral support and advice during this difficult time.

How Peer Recovery Support Benefits Recovery

Everyone has different needs, and some recovery support systems may be more beneficial for some needs than others. Many peer recovery support systems cater to people with specific issues, for instance the following problems:

  • AIDS/HIV
  • Mental health issues – there are specialized treatment programs for drug addicts who have mental health issues like bipolar disorder, anxiety or depression
  • Unemployment – people struggling to find work in a poor job market or after incarceration may benefit from addiction recovery support with others in a similar situation

A peer recovery support system may combine socialization with advice from others in recovery. Peers dealing with similar struggles can guide others to community counseling, medical care, relapse prevention and mental health care that helps prevent relapse. Even when discussion does not center around the theme of the support group, people often feel more comfortable discussing their struggles in a group of sympathetic peers.

How Family Support Recovery

Loved ones may provide additional support for recovering addicts. Addiction may have damaged family relationships, but discussing recovery and relying on family members for support may help renew conversation and repair relationships. When recovering addicts share their struggles with loved ones, family members may provide support as well understand more about the struggles the addict faces.

Loved ones may provide moral support by being available to talk when the recovering addict needs a friend. They may be more likely than others to give honest feedback about behavior and progress, and they can recognize warning signs of relapse so an addict can help before a dangerous problem arises.

Help with Addiction Recovery

If you struggle with drug abuse, call us now. We can answer your questions about treatment and help you begin the recovery process. Call now as our counselors are available 24 hours a day at a toll-free helpline to help you find treatment.