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Friday, July 20, 2018

Utilizing Your Support Group In Recovery

People in early recovery may find it difficult to make connections with others in their support group. Even if you know that making progress is a joint effort between yourself and individuals who are also committed to working a program, you may have the urge to isolate from your peers. It is strongly advised that you avoid the temptation to exclude yourself from the recovery community.

Some individuals have a challenging time understanding why perfect strangers show an interest in their wellbeing. Those with a history of addiction are accustomed to being manipulated or taken by others, and the concept of selflessness is relatively foreign to addicts and alcoholics. And yet, upon entering the rooms of recovery newly sober persons see men and women going out of their way to help and guide their fellows—paying it forward.

When recovery is in its infancy one has to do everything in their power to trust in the process. Trust in the fact that the reason people you barely know want to help you is that it helps them stay clean and sober too. The men and women who are reaching out to you, asking how you are doing or if you need assistance with anything, are merely following the guidelines laid down by those who came before. Guiding the newcomer down the road of recovery is one of the best ways to safeguard against relapse; when people are plugged into the community, they are far less likely to be doing something that is counterproductive to recovery.


People Recover Together

If you are relatively new to the program and have had a difficult time connecting with your peers, it is OK, and it’s pretty natural. The vestiges of one’s past substance use can linger for a long time after treatment. In time, you will find it much easier to establish bonds and foster healthy relationships with the caring individuals around you.

As was mentioned above, being skeptical about your peer's motives for showing concern for you isn’t abnormal. However, it is essential that you disregard your doubts about others' intentions and keep moving forward. Following the directions of your support group is what is going to help you stay afloat when the seas of recovery become turbulent. Your connection to others is a blessing worth being grateful for and should not be discounted in the least.

The next time somebody shows interest in how you are doing or asks if you’d like to grab a cup of coffee after the meeting, please take them up on their offer. Socializing with your peers outside of the meeting is an excellent opportunity to foster lifelong relationships. Such people will be who you reach out to when insatiable cravings for drugs or alcohol develop; they are who is there for you when some unforeseen obstacle arises that may jeopardize your recovery. It’s vital to remember that keeping to yourself isn’t an asset to healing and progress. Resist the temptation to isolate, and again, trust in the process.


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