One of the most difficult parts about struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol is feeling like nobody understands what’s going on. If you have friends and family members who don’t seem to understand why you just can’t quit, you’re not alone. Addiction only affects about one out of every 12 people, so many people will never understand what it’s like to be trapped in the clutches of addiction. Luckily, when you go to a private treatment center, you’ll be surrounded by others who are also trying to overcome their addiction to drugs or alcohol.
In treatment, you’ll receive individualized therapy, but it was discovered many years ago that one person helping another with addiction is extremely beneficial. Back in the 1930s, the program Alcoholics Anonymous was founded on the idea that the support of others with addiction is extremely beneficial. In treatment, you’ll have the support of others who are overcoming their addiction, and you’ll see how they can help you during the difficult days. It also won’t take long for you to find that your experience can help others who are struggling as well.
Meeting Other Addicts at a Private Treatment Center
For many years, people who were struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol were thought to be hopeless. It wasn’t until the 1930s when a man by the name of Bill Wilson who struggled with alcoholism met a man by the name of Dr. Bob, and they found that they could help one another to stay sober. These two were the first two members of Alcoholics Anonymous, and even if you don’t choose to work this program, many have experienced the benefit of their 12th step. These two discovered that one person helping another with addiction is extremely beneficial.
The program became so successful that there is now a multitude of other programs based on their philosophy such as:
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Heroin Anonymous
- Cocaine Anonymous
- Overeaters Anonymous
- Gamblers Anonymous
It’s not just 12-step programs that have found this philosophy useful either, and you can see it in many other support groups. It’s common for veterans, first responders and others who have been through trauma to help one another. They realize what you may have already realized, which is that it can be difficult to open up to someone who doesn’t truly understand what you’ve been through. When you go to treatment and meet others trying to overcome their addiction, you’ll see that you’re in a safe place to discuss what you’ve been going through.
One of the reasons this is so beneficial is because when you struggle with addiction, you can feel a lot of shame for the things you have done. Those who have never struggled with an addiction may not understand how alcohol or drugs took priority over everything else. When you’re surrounded by others that are working towards improving their life in recovery, you’ll see that you’re with people who won’t judge you. They understand what it’s like and will be there to help you along your recovery journey.
Group Therapy with Other Addicts at a Private Treatment Center
In treatment, you’ll go through group therapy sessions with the other people who are trying to overcome their addiction, and this can be extremely helpful. With a therapist guiding these groups, you’ll hear the stories and experiences from others so you don’t feel so alone. In these groups, you’ll also begin to feel a sense of accomplishment as others congratulate you on your clean time, and you’ll be able to do the same for them. Although a therapist will be involved, you may be more open to taking some suggestions from others who are in the group.
Early recovery can be difficult because you’ve been abusing alcohol or drugs for a very long time, but you’ll have support. In treatment, you may experience rough days where you experience a lot of anxiety or even symptoms of depression. During these times, you’ll see why it’s so helpful to have other people who are on the same journey as you. They’ll be there to lift you up and motivate you to stay on the right path, and you’ll be able to do the same for them.
If you’re ready to overcome your addiction to drugs or alcohol, allow us to help. Through our program, you’ll meet other people that are working hard to overcome their addiction. We offer individual therapy sessions as well to provide you with a more confidential environment to open up and discover a new way to live. Give us a call today at 833-762-3739 to learn more about how we can help.