Should you look for alcohol support groups?
Recovery groups for alcohol addiction offer help that lies outside the scope of actual addiction treatment. The direction that conversation may take in a support group isn’t strictly controlled by a therapist or other professional; yet, alcohol support groups are a common feature of alcohol rehab programs. They are frequently recommended, and often used because participation tends to come with positive outcomes. If you’re considering signing up but aren’t sure, it can help to familiarize yourself with the benefits.
Participation in a support group really helps
The simplest way to explain the benefits that come from participation is to look to the way human empathy works. Life can be challenging for the addict, especially when attempting recovery. It can be particularly hard when one simply cannot find others who have been through similar experiences. No matter how much a loved one may support them, they can never know what how it really feels.
In a support group filled with people who have been through the same challenges, simply talking about one’s experiences can provide enormous release. When every expression evokes knowing glances and nods from others who are in a position to understand and express empathy, it can be truly therapeutic.
Different approaches help different people
There are alternatives today for those who are not comfortable with the Christian approach of twelve-step plans. Not only are there spiritual groups available for those who belong to religions other than Christianity, there are many secular ones, as well.
There are recovery groups designed for every need
There are several types of support groups for addiction that specialize in specific types of addiction, there are ones that cater to specific genders, sexual orientations, career choices, language preferences and so on. Attending a support group specifically designed to one’s needs can provide excellent results.
Not every addiction support group out there is meant for those battling an addiction, either. There are many designed especially for parents of children who are addicted, spouses and other family members. Attending can help friends and family members learn about the addiction problem, and find better ways to deal effectively with their situation.
Attendance may not cost anything
While you will usually find better run and managed support groups when you go to paid rehabs, the free groups tend to be good, as well. If you can’t afford a paid one at the moment, it is always possible to find a free one, and receive quality support.
Studies show that positive outcomes can be expected
There have been no in-depth studies made so far that have managed to demonstrate the exact ways in which participation in support groups helps. It has been adequately proven, however, that participation does help. The longer one participates in support, the better one’s chances of sobriety over the long-term. The converse has been proven, as well — lower levels of participation are linked to less success with sobriety over the long-term.
If you’d like to try a support group but not sure about attending in person, there are many online alternatives available today, as well – online forums, chat groups, message boards and even phone support.
If the idea of attending alcohol support groups seems intriguing, you only need to get in touch with WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470 to speak to a professional and attend one of these recovery groups in person. It can be far easier to grasp how useful these meetings can be when you manage to actually experience them.
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.