Addiction Recovery Group Environment Provides Support
Recovery from drug or alcohol abuse can seem very lonely without a strong support group. There are a number of benefits an addiction recovery group provides to its members. If you live in the greater Fort Myers FL area, White Sands Treatment Center offers addiction recovery group sessions as well as other treatment options. There is a path away from addiction to recovery and independence.
How Recovery Groups Help
Recovery groups help people to change their attitudes and behavior as it relates to alcohol or drug abuse. Some significant benefits include the following:
- Group members receive educational information about the recovery process and how it applies to their addiction.
- The group offers strong peer-to-peer support and motivation to meet recovery goals.
- Members can observe how others apply problem-solving methods to their day-to-day challenges.
- Coping skills are taught, which guide recovering group members on ways to deal with daily stresses without resorting to substance abuse.
- All group members are encouraged to offer helpful suggestions and feedback to each other.
- Group members learn about structuring their lives.
- Each member helps to build a sense of self-worth, belief, hope, and optimism in the others.
- Members have the opportunity to build new friendships and relationships that can be called on for encouragement and support between sessions.
- Members learn how to use new tools to aid in their recovery such as modifying behavior, confronting poor choices, and challenging irrational beliefs.
Alcohol Support Groups
People recovering from alcoholism come from a variety of backgrounds. The circumstances contributing to alcoholism also varies from person to person. From the wealthy to the homeless, each is caught up in a cycle that can kill them without help. Alcohol support groups bring people together on the same level. Supporting one another through the steps of their recovery is a most important tool. The road to recovery can be emotional as the alcoholic opens up and shares who they are with the group, but it is a major step in the process of recovery. Many recovering alcoholics discover for the first time how alcoholism has injured their body and mind as recovery brings it to the forefront.
Alcoholism can quickly take hold of a person’s life and cause a negative impact. Knowing the signs of alcoholism can help to a person recognize the need for help before it is out of control. The following symptoms are common but may not affect all people with alcoholism.
- Blackouts and short-term memory loss
- Mood swings
- Always has an excuse to have a drink
- Would rather have a drink than take care of responsibilities
- Becomes distant with friends and family members
- Drinks alone and secretly
- Feels hungover when not drinking
- Hangs out with a crowd that drinks rather than his or her friends
Drinking problems should not be ignored. If you or a family member are exhibiting any or all of these signs, it’s time to get help before the drinking causes physical damage to the body and mind. Alcohol support groups offer drinkers a chance to hear from others who are facing the same challenges. Recovery works better when people feel they are not alone and can turn to others for support and encouragement.
White Sands Treatment Center in Fort Myers FL can help with alcoholism at any stage. Long-term drinking puts the individual at risk for serious health problems. It destroys personal lives, families, and professional careers. Don’t let your life or that of a loved one be ruined by rationalization or denial. You are only a phone call away from a lifeline of help.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.