Addiction recovery support groups, or mutual aid groups, are peer-run, community-based groups for people in recovery from a number of issues such as drugs and alcohol abuse, sex addiction, compulsive gambling, eating disorders and codependency. Promises provides access to recovery support groups to help clients begin building a supportive network in recovery. Another goal is to get clients into the practice of attending recovery support groups regularly as part of their relapse prevention plan. This helps them get into a new healthier routine as opposed to possibly falling into their old, hazardous ones.

What Are Recovery Support Groups?

Though the 12-step addiction recovery support groups are the most well-known, there are a number of recovery support groups available. Some are based on the 12 Steps and others are secular or spiritual based; these are helpful for those who do not relate to the 12-step philosophy. Led by peers in recovery, support groups are free to attend, though most have a donation jar where participants can choose to contribute whatever amount they would like to help pay for coffee, administrative costs and other expenses. Many of these support groups have daily meetings around the world. Some of our most popular  addiction recovery support groups that we offer include:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Codependents Anonymous
  • SMART Recovery
  • Refuge Recovery
  • Celebrate Recovery
  • CoDA
  • Eating Disorders Anonymous
  • Sex Addicts Anonymous

How Support Groups Help

People in recovery can benefit from the support and encouragement of other people who are on similar healing journeys. It helps to know that they’re not alone, that others understand what they are going through and what they have gone through, and to talk about how to deal with issues that may have been overwhelming or intimidating to them. Group therapy has proven to be an effective method of treatment. Loneliness has been a common factor when dealing with addiction and depression. It is important to remove them from that environment and put them into a more social setting.

Addiction recovery support groups are designed to be nonjudgmental. Participants share their input and feedback, offering personal stories as appropriate and at their individual comfort level. In some cases members may offer insights or ask questions to help others gain perspective they may not have in the absence of objective observations. The sharing of knowledge can help people in recovery find strength and comfort in their recovery to ensure the best results.

It’s important for people in recovery to not isolate themselves. Support groups are also a way for people to step outside a self-imposed confine and begin interacting with others in a safe space. A change in environment can make all the difference during the recovery process.

It is important to get your loved one help that is safe and effective. Rehab takes a lot of time in energy from the patient to the family. Everyone is affected when a person enters rehab. It is important that they make the most of their treatment. If not for themselves, then for their family.