When we find ourselves embroiled in addiction, it can seem like there is no hope. Once many alcoholics and drug addicts get their first exposure to recovery, they release that is not true. There is hope, but involves an honest and willing effort.
Frequently, various types of treatment programs help build a foundation for a life of sobriety. However, the journey does not stop after you complete treatment. It actually begins in earnest. One important part of recovery is your support network. Let’s talk about how you can decide who to make an integral part of your recovery support network.
What is a Recovery Support Network?
To decide on what type of support will benefit your recovery the most, let’s talk about what a recovery support network is. It’s really very simple. You will have a network of people who have at least one critical thing in common.
They all want you to be successful in recovery. This automatically removes old friends, as dear as they might be, but friends who still want to abuse alcohol or drugs. Not only can these types of relationships destroy your recovery efforts, they are dangerous.
So, now that you know who to eliminate, what is a recovery support network? As we mentioned, it is a collection of people who can over suggestions, guidance, plus provide support in times of crisis.
Some may be simply fellows in recovery who you share your experiences. Now, how do you choose which types of people should be integral to your recovery? Let’s talk about three key groups of people who can form a solid foundation for a recovery support network.
Often, having at least one person in your recovery support network who is a licensed professional is omitted. Oddly enough, the majority of addicts and alcoholics in recovery soon realize that their addiction is but a symptom of other issues.
Frequently, these issues are mental and emotional problems. It can be a slippery slope to try to deal with these problems on our own, or with the best intended, but unknowledgeable friend. Most who find a treatment program will have counseling as part of their initial recovery.
It is sound advice to maintain that relationship going forward, or create a new professional/therapist relationship after you complete treatment. There is not preset amount of time that any particular individual will need to continue counseling.
There can also be those who have strong ties to spiritual entities. A trusted clergy can also provide a useful sense of support for those who desire that type of relationship. The key is to maintain a professional relationship as an integral part of your recovery support network.
It is a commonly accepted fact that recovery is a beautiful lifelong journey. Recovery doesn’t end when you put down the drink or the drug, it begins. Nearly every treatment model advocates that addicts and alcoholics find some type of support fellowship targeting recovery.
There are no preset rules, but these fellowships are full of success stories to prove their worthiness as part of your recovery support network. You will begin to foster relationships with people who hold the same value for living clean and sober.
You are going to be exposed to all different types of people in recovery fellowships. They don’t all rate as worthy integral parts of your network. There is an oft-repeated statement heard in recovery rooms. Winners stick with the winners.
Take your time building your network of support inside recovery fellowships. Make friends with others and learn how to open up about your own problems. You’ll know when someone is genuinely focused on recovery.
To benefit from these relationships, you must use them. Don’t wait until you are on the verge of a potentially catastrophic relapse to call someone. Build your fellowship support network and nurture it.
Family and Friend Support
Family members who support your recovery can be a vital part of your network. However, if you’ve burnt a few bridges in your addiction, bonafide support may not come immediately. While family members can be a great asset in recovery, allow them time.
You will rebuild these bridges by your own actions. Through watching you take your recovery seriously, even the most broken family relationships can be rekindled. Friends can present a similar situation.
You want to still be friends with your friends. However, you must consider limiting relationships which jeopardize your sobriety. Be honest with all your friends about how important your recovery is to you.
Those who matter will be there for you. They will watch you grow, and if you maintain an honest, open relationship with them, they can be a kind ear in a time of crisis. Don’t press your family and friends to be part of your support network immediately.
Give these relationships time to heal and watch you heal. One of the greatest pleasures in recovery is watching broken relationships with family and friends heal. Yours will as well. You just need to give them time.
Building a strong support network for recovery is critical. The things you include as an integral part of your group will be unique to your situation. One key is to include professional support in your recovery network.
If you begin with this important pillar of recovery, these knowledgeable people can help you form the rest of your support network. Keep in mind, your recovery support network will evolve over time. You will meet new friends in recovery and possibly uncover needs you did not expect. Allow your support network to grow as your recovery grows.
If you’re still stuck on the merry-go-round of addiction, begin by asking for help. Your support network will start immediately. It will begin with the person on the other end of the phone. Don’t wait until tomorrow to ask for help, because tomorrow may be too late. Call us at 833-762-3739.