Many people who are in recovery do not have family or friends to support them. Whether due to death, dysfunction, or losing support because of matters related to the addiction, it can be easy to feel isolated. Isolation and lack of a support system only need to be temporary feelings, however. You do not need family and friends for support when entering recovery, because you can develop healthy friendships and connections with people once you have started treatment. You are not alone. There are many wonderful components of recovery that will give you many chances to connect with others.
Everyday Health notes that speaking with a therapist can provide great comfort. Having someone to listen to you and provide feedback can be a great motivator on your journey towards recovery. WebMD also claims that group therapy can be a wonderful way for individuals to be supported by peers. Dr. Nina Brown, professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, told the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2012 that groups provide a rich experience for all individuals. “… groups provide social support, they improve social networks and they can reduce stigma, isolation, and feelings of alienation among members,” Brown stated.
Nozomi Morgan, writer for the Huffington Post, notes several important steps that you can take to ensure you allow only the most supportive people into your circle during recovery:
- Clarify what you want and set goals. Really consider who you want on your support team. Would you prefer a mentor or peers, maybe both? What kind of support would you need from them?
- List the resources available to you right now. Are there several different support groups you can join? Are you already participating in something that you could benefit from?
- Write a list of resources you’d like access to. Is there a new hobby group that you could join? Would joining a gym or participating in an exercise program be beneficial?
Find people who can serve as your accountability-buddies, someone who you can call when feeling down, someone you can speak with about your achievements, and more. Develop a support group that truly cares about who you are and what you are about. Find people that want to see you succeed. There are more out there than you realize; all of you must do is begin talking to them.
If you are ready to find recovery in a treatment center that truly cares about your success, call us at 966-926-1498. New Vista Behavioral Health is comprised of three centers: Avalon Malibu, Infinity Malibu, and Simple Recovery. We believe in integrated recovery, meaning that care about your mind, body, and spiritual health. Our centers offer group therapy and more to ensure that you have the support you need. Take that first step and call us today.