During and after recovery from addiction, support groups are necessary. These groups give those recovering from addiction a formal support system or network.
Active participation in these groups can reduce the rate of relapse and encourage commitment to recovery. Group members provide support and friendship to others who have suffered from the same addictions. Group members encourage sobriety and work to keep others on track.
Traditional Recovery Support Groups
One of the most common support groups for addiction recovery is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The group created a 12-step program model for recovery, which many groups still use. AA and 12-step programs are based in spiritual practice, requiring members to surrender to a higher power. Some in recovery have found this practice unappealing. Luckily, there are several alternatives to these popular programs.
The most important part of addiction recovery is finding a treatment plan suitable for your needs. This includes finding a long-term support group to fit your belief system. There are a variety of support groups available, each providing a different experience for members. Research a few different groups to understand which would be best for you.
Alternatives to AA Meetings and 12-Step Programs
If traditional support groups do not fit into your lifestyle, there are several alternatives to AA and 12-step programs. It is important to find a program that fits your specific needs. There are many avenues used to combat addiction, such as:
Finding a Support Group to Fit Your Needs
When it comes to support groups, there are so many options available to suit your personal needs. Religious and non-religious addiction support groups offer unparalleled support for those in recovery.
Choose a group to fit your belief systems and motivating factors. Finding a group of supportive individuals can prevent relapse and isolation, increasing your chances for success.
Dr. Bhalavat is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, and provides inpatient evaluation and consultation services at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital, Maryland Recovery Partners, and Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Bhalavat’s background includes treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse and dementia.