Obtaining a support network is the most integral part of maintain recovery after completing rehab. Successful recovery is almost impossible to attain without fellowship. Support groups are typically non-professional and ran by other recovering addicts. There is no hierarchy; though members may be delegated to certain responsibilities, everyone is on equal standing. Finding the right support group for you is key to optimal success in recovery.
There are a variety of support groups for alcoholism that you can choose from:
Alcoholics’ Anonymous (AA)
AA is the oldest, most renowned support group for alcoholism. It uses the 12 steps as tools for the working the program and 12 traditions as guidelines for running the program. The program centers around admitting that you are powerless over alcohol and turning your life over to a Higher Power. Though many people have a supernatural Higher Power, the program itself can be your Higher Power.
SMART Recovery is an abstinence-based program that is based on science and philosophy, so it is perfect for those who value logic and evidence. Principals of cognitive-behavioral therapy is used to help its members recognize external factors that may trigger their addictions and change their responses to these external factors to eliminate their addictive behaviors. Motivational interviewing is also used to help the members realize their motivations for recovery. Believing that addiction is a disease is not a requirement, so you do not have to admit that you are powerless. A 4-point system that centers around motivation, coping with urges, management of cognitions, emotions, and behaviors; and living a balanced life is used.
Secular Organizations for Recovery (SOS)
SOS values sobriety as the main priority. The idea is that the members should be motivated to stay sober by realizing that when they are active in their addiction, the addictive substances becomes their priority and real priorities do not get met. SOS teaches its members to take responsibility for their addiction and handle it as an independent issue. SOS believes that addiction problems do not relate to religion, spirituality, or a lack thereof.
LifeRing Secular Recovery (LSR)
LSR was engendered from SOS. They broke away from SOS due to differences in beliefs. Rather than being focused solely on sobriety, LSR is based on sobriety, secularity, and self-help. LSR takes more of a holistic approach to recovery by addressing the whole person, not just the addictive substance. The program emphasizes that sobriety is possible through their members’ personal motivation and efforts.
Why Finding the Right Alcoholism Support Group is So Important
Finding the right alcoholism support group is so important because it allows you to connect with others in recovery. No other person can understanding you better than another person who is in recovery. Support groups allow recovering addicts to unite and collaborate on solutions to problems that may arise in recovery. Alcoholism support groups are also a perfect social outlet. Much of America’s social culture is centered around alcohol, recreational drugs, and other vices. Alcoholism support groups allow you to socialize without worrying about being tempted by alcohol, drugs, and other addictive behaviors because everyone else in the rooms is trying to maintain sobriety.
Alcoholism support groups are not one-size-fits-all. Every type of group has different focuses and principals. Alcoholics’ Anonymous is right for people who believe that addiction is a disease, they are powerless over their addiction, and a Higher Power of their choosing can restore them to sanity. SMART Recovery is right for those who may or may not believe that addiction is a disease and like to rely on science, philosophy, and evidence-based therapy methods to solve problems. SOS is right for those whose primary goal is to stay sober and who want to take personal responsibility for their addiction causing them to fail to meet other priorities. LSR is right for those who still a purely secular recovery but want to address their whole self. Trial and error is key to finding the right support group for you. The general rule is to attend at least six meetings to determine whether or not a particular program is right for you.
Avoiding the Isms of Alcoholism
Alcohol is only the symptom of the problem. The isms of alcoholism are the real problem. Common acronyms for understanding the isms are “I, self, me,” “I sponsor myself,” and “Internal Spiritual Malady.” The isms of alcoholism refer to the defects of character and addict-like behaviors of the disease. These include, but are not limited to, selfishness, resentment, jealousy, fear, and obsession. Though sobriety is the most significant part of recovery; it is not the only part of recovery.
“Dry drunk syndrome” refers to a non-active alcoholic or addict that still possess the isms of alcoholism. These people are typically not active in a recovery program. Recovering from addiction is not just about abstaining from the addictive substance; it is about addressing your psychological and social maladies. Recovery programs address the psychological and social maladies of addiction by providing you tools to live a meaningful life and a fellowship of people who can empathize.
Making Your Dream of Recovery Come True
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