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Friday, February 21, 2020

Group Therapy: The Bedrock of Long-Term Recovery

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Mutual support is the bedrock of 12 Step recovery. The prospect of overcoming addiction on your own is onerous, and it rarely results in long-term recovery. Those who manage to find lasting addiction recovery are people who have the help of others.

Beating addiction, if it could even be called that because it's both a mental and behavioral health disorder with no known cure, is not without significant challenges. Most people affected by alcohol and substance use disorders attempt to break the cycle of self-destructive and self-defeating behaviors on their own—at least, at first.

Some may find that they can abstain from drug and alcohol use for a length of time, but the vast majority will inevitably relapse without assistance. Men and women who drink and drug to excess are capable of convincing themselves that they can find a solution to their problem. However, those same individuals do not realize that drugs and alcohol are merely a symptom of a more severe issue, initially.

Underneath the surface of each case of addiction is the problem of self or, to put it differently, self-will run riot. Drugs and alcohol are a byproduct of a potentially fatal mental illness. In "The Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) there are numerous passages explaining how the disease is always accompanied by the delusion that you can control not only yourself but those around you as well.

The primary text of AA, now nearly a century old, lays out how the belief that one can control or change his or her behaviors without help is deadly. An individual trapped in the prison of addiction will try just about anything to avoid asking another for helping in breaking the cycle.

Asking for and Accepting Help is the Answer


Accepting help, to the alcoholic or addict, would require admitting to yourself and others that there is a problem beyond your capacity to contain. This cunning, baffling, and powerful disease is paradoxical in every meaning of the word. Reaching out for support is incredibly challenging even when you know, deep down, that you are unable to live life on life's terms.

For decades, people in the rooms of recovery have rightly pointed out that selfishness and self-centeredness is the root of their problem. So, to think that you might achieve recovery without both professional guidance and a support network is unlikely. The fact is that addiction is a complex mental health disorder marked by compulsive drug and alcohol seeking and continued use despite harmful consequences.

While some may find it possible to abstain for long periods on their own, nine times out of ten such people will revert to drugs and alcohol use. Why? Because the essential ingredients to long-term recovery are acceptance, accountability, and fellowship. A person may sink to the depths of despair on their own, but to put a life back together requires working with others.

Working with Others in Recovery


At The Haven, we strongly believe in the value of group therapy. Successful treatment outcomes and sustained recovery hinges on working with others. Our team of clinicians and counselors teaches men and women how to work with others to achieve a common goal.

If you hope to be free from the yoke of addiction, then you must understand that fellowship is the foundation for achieving long-term recovery. Our therapists bring together a group of people in early recovery and teach them how to work together constructively to discuss and process similar issues.

Learning how to work with others in a controlled, safe environment equips individuals with tools for working a program after discharge. It's intimidating to talk about one's self with unfamiliar faces; learning how to do so in treatment will make the task much easier following treatment.

Our evidence-based addiction treatment programs give men and women the ability to seamlessly transition into mutual-support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. When obstacles or triggers arise after leaving rehab, our clients know how to be open and honest with others to avoid relapse.

Long-term recovery is achievable by supporting others who will then assist you in turn. Together, the disease of addiction is kept at bay, and group therapy is one of the most effective methods of preventing relapse.

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Please contact The Haven at Pismo to discover the benefits of residential addiction treatment. Our evidence-based, effective therapies can help you or a loved one lay a strong foundation for sustained recovery. After speaking with our admissions team, we are confident that you will find The Haven to be the perfect place to renew to your best today.