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 offers onsite and offsite 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.
What Are Recovery Support Groups?
Though the 12-step addiction 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 don’t 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’d like to help pay for coffee, administrative costs and other expenses. Many have daily meetings around the world. Popular recovery support groups include:
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Codependents Anonymous
- SMART Recovery
- Refuge Recovery
- Celebrate Recovery
- 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’re going through and what they’ve gone through, and to talk about how to deal with issues that may have been overwhelming or intimidating to them.
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.
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.
To learn more about Support Groups, call 844-876-5568