Your loved one needs support services to help them out. Without appropriate support services, they are just going to end up falling back into their old ways.
SOBER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
After leaving rehab, it can be extremely difficult for the individual to stay away from their vice and avoid all contact with individuals with whom they use to spend time with while consuming the drug or alcohol. However, for your friend or loved one, in order for them to continue to go clean, it is important to keep them away from these situations and individuals. The problem with this is they probably had a set routine for consuming the drug or drinking, so at certain parts of the day or the week, your loved one is going to become more on edge and want to partake again, simply because they fell into the routine and their body and mind remember this. In order to help avoid this situation, it is necessary to undergo different sober recreational activities. These different activities are going to not only allow them to have fun but it is also going to distract them from what is going on. Eventually, they are going to forget all about the drug and the addiction they once had, it just takes some time and your help with creating the different sober recreational activities.
AA MEETINGS/SUPPORT GROUP
It is important to be with other individuals who have battled the same addictions prior. With the AA meetings and support groups, your loved one can just sit there and listen, or they can talk and discuss their feelings and what they went through over the past week. Individuals are open to sharing their struggles and how they passed it up. Knowing other individuals are going through the same situation can often be helpful to the psyche of a former addict, and it is a great place to go for an hour or so every week.
One of the best ways to train the body to stay away from the addicted material is to exercise. Whether this comes in the form of weights, jogging, biking, canoeing on a nice day or just about anything else. These different sober recreational activities are perfect for preventing the individual from thinking about the drug or alcohol. This is especially the case when performing a vigorous activity where it takes their mind to focus as well. Weight lifting can be a great option, as well as team sports. The more the body is able to depend on itself, the less it is going to want the drug.
RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP
Recovery Support Groups are an essential part of recovery. One of the keys to overcoming addictions and destructive life patterns is to not attempt to do it alone. In a support group, you have the opportunity to receive insight, encouragement, and emotional support from other people who are walking through a similar recovery journey. Your fellow group members understand the difficulties of overcoming an addiction, the temptations to return to past behaviors and life patterns, the challenges in repairing relationships, and the trial of finding employment. As they realize they are not alone in addiction, many people experience a sense of empowerment and increased responsibility to change their lives. Support groups provide safe and understanding sources of accountability to support you in your journey to an addiction-free life. You also will have the opportunity to learn from the insights provided by peers in different stages of the recovery process. A recovery support group also provides opportunities for sober activities and social settings with other people who understand the complexity of relearning your own identity and how you fit into appropriate social engagement. It has been shown that individuals who participate in recovery support groups are more positive about their treatment and more likely to maintain an addiction-free, healthy, balanced life.
Typically, a recovery support group is comprised of 8 to 10 individuals from different stages of the recovery process. Groups meet once a week to discuss the concerns they are facing in their lives, particularly in relation to their journey of recovery. Usually emotional and health concerns are primary, but this is by no means a rule. Recovery support groups are separated by addiction type and sometimes age or gender. This enables the participants to be better able to relate to the experiences and struggles of their fellow group members. Occasionally, group meetings are facilitated by a professional psychologist or counselor who can provide addition support and therapeutic input or strategies, when appropriate. Group counselors are particularly helpful for newly formed groups, when there are often more thoughts of relapsing or as group members are more rapidly discovering insights into their life situation.
BENEFITS FROM A RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP
Feelings of community
Improved coping skills
Less feelings of isolation and loneliness
Feeling of control or empowerment
Realizing that you’re not alone
Feelings of hope for the future
Accountability to maintain a healthy addiction-free life
Life long friendships
As you seek recovery with us at Lifeline Treatment Center, please take advantage of the opportunity to participate in a recovery support group. The friendship and accountability you find within your group could be one of the keys to your successful recovery.