Which Forms of Support are Beneficial to Recovery?
It simply is not possible to get into recovery alone. Support is ongoing and comes in different forms. Understanding the different types of support available to you can help you create a solid aftercare plan that reduces the likelihood of relapse.
Traditional Aftercare Supports for People in Recovery
While you are in treatment, you will learn about traditional forms of support typically available to you once you are in recovery. It is up to you which, if any, of these supports you choose to include in your aftercare plan.
- Alumni Programs: After completing treatment, many people in recovery prefer to remain connected to their treatment facility. Participating in alumni activities is one of the best supports for anyone in recovery. You get to socialize with staff and people who are familiar with you.
- 12-Step Groups: Although not for everyone, attending 12-Step meetings can help you sustain sobriety. Various types of 12-Step groups exist so you can tailor your support system to meet your specific needs. Some of these groups are even religious-based, which you may find helpful.
- Family and Friends: Hanging out with friends and family can be great fun and highly supportive. That is if they know how to support you. Family members can learn how best to support their loved ones in recovery from the same treatment facility their loved one attends. Hopefully, your family and friends know how to support your recovery. Everyone can participate in sober activities that are fun and ways to get to know the new you.
These are just a few supports you can add to your aftercare plan. You want to keep busy, though. Fortunately, there are other ways to develop supports for your recovery.
Nontraditional Ways to Develop Relationships With Other Sober Individuals
Perhaps you are not interested in any of the above-described supports. You genuinely want to do things your way. Changing people, places, and things is essential to you. Consider the following supports that entail meeting new people and engaging with other people in recovery or clean and sober.
- Church And Church-Sponsored Activities: Attending a nearby church can be a great way to develop new relationships. If you are not interested in the church services, you can participate in church activities. Many churches have clean and sober groups that organize social events that are safe for everyone, including those in recovery.
- Sober Meetups And Other Online Social Groups: You can join Meetup and find local activities that interest you. For example, if you enjoy hiking, you type in your area code and “hiking” to find local groups you can join. Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram also market local and online interest groups. Participating in these groups keeps you busy, and you get the opportunity to make new friends.
- Other Types of Support Groups: It is possible if you are in recovery, you also are dealing with other issues such as mental illness, grief, or co-dependency, to name a few. Joining issue support groups can help people in recovery by assisting them in dealing with the underlying causes of their addiction.
These are just a few ideas you can use to find post-treatment support. It is important to use supports that are right for you. Let your inner light guide you, not what other people tell you.
Steps To Take When Interacting With New People in Your Life
It can seem uncomfortable or even intimidating stepping out of your comfort zone. That discomfort can test your sobriety, so you want to be sure to have a plan in place in case that happens. Following are self-care steps you can take in any situation to avoid relapse:
- Put Your Sobriety First: Always keep your sobriety at the front of all decisions you make. Before deciding to do something, go somewhere, or hang out with someone, ask yourself a few questions: am I at risk? Is my sobriety at risk? Am I prepared to get out of a sticky situation?
- Be Upfront: Do not keep your recovery to yourself. Hiding your recovery puts you at risk for relapse because people around you may not know you are in recovery and may accidentally trigger your cravings. They may decide to go to a bar or even do drugs, assuming you are willing to do the same.
- Have a Backup Plan: Know how to get yourself out of situations to avoid relapse. If you are going to hang out with a group of people, drive yourself so you can leave at any time you get uncomfortable. Have a friend you can call no matter what. You need someone you can count on to meet with or talk to if the need arises.
Following these steps can keep you safe and your sobriety in tack as you make new friends and find supports that suit you. Tailoring your aftercare plan to meet your needs is the only way it will work, and you can reduce the chance of relapse.
Now that you completed addiction treatment, you want to maintain your sobriety. There are specific things you can do as part of your aftercare plan to support your ongoing recovery. Whether you follow traditional support paths such as alumni groups and 12-step groups or look outside the box for new supports such as church groups and online supports, the goal is to find your path for ongoing recovery. Every recovered addict is unique, so every aftercare plan should be individual as well. Search within for your light. What makes you happy? Are you proud of your recovery? Do you look forward to your future? You may want to seek supports that allow you to be those things. Those types of supports not only reinforce your sobriety, but such supports also encourage who you are as a person. If you are in recovery or an alumnus of Mountain Peak Recovery and need ongoing support, call us at (801) 824-8829, we can help.