We’ve all heard of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. And we pretty much have a general idea of what happens at these meetings. But are support groups like NA and AA really helpful in the treatment process?
Unlike a regular therapy session with a therapist, a support group can provide you encouragement that you need to stay sober. We all need a support system, especially when we’re at the brink of relapse. You will not only meet people who share a similar story to yours, but this is a place where you will be held accountable for your actions. If you do fall off the wagon, a support group will help you get back on…but won’t let you forget that you slipped.
A support group is also a great place to learn new skills that can help prevent cravings. Remember, these people are going through the same tortures as you are. They know where you’ve been and they also know where you’re heading. This is something that you may not get from a loved one or a family member.
The 12-Step Support Group
The most popular type of addiction support group is the 12 steps. Chances are if you’ve been to rehab, you know what the 12 steps are. It’s part of many drug and alcohol treatment centers. What the 12 steps are is a set of tasks you are encouraged to complete to help you face your addictions and help with your sobriety. These meetings are usually peer led – no doctor here. There’s also 12-step groups for family members and loved ones.
12 Step Alternatives
AA and NA groups are not the only type of support groups out there. And some don’t want to use these type of groups because of their own beliefs. But there are alternatives out there, such as:
- SMART recovery (which stands for self-management and recovery training)
- Save Our Selves (SOS)
- Women for Sobriety (WFS)
- Celebrate Recovery
The important thing to remember is you need a support system, especially once you leave recovery and return to your daily life. And support groups are a great way to help you take it one day at a time. If you are just starting the recovery process, and need to find a drug and alcohol rehab, we can help. Call A Sober Place today and get the help that you need.