Inpatient therapy may seem like a scary thing to go through; however, more addicts find it extremely helpful for both short and long-term recovery. Not only do you meet a group of individuals who can relate to you on another level, but you are all going through something truly remarkable together. Having this type of support system in place both inside the treatment facility as well as when you go home will help to ensure long-term success.
Overcoming an addiction is extremely challenging. No matter how many professionals are available to help, it may seem like they are not able to connect with you on a truly intimate level. Thankfully, inpatient treatment programs offer support groups and group therapy for addicts. These groups let addicts know they are not alone with their addictions nor do they have to be alone through their recovery.
What types of peer recovery support services are there?
Having someone in a non-professional role to help guide you with your addiction is extremely beneficial. These individuals have been through what you are going through so they are not going to judge you. Instead, they will help you make sound decisions that will improve your chances of recovery. There are different types of peer support systems available. Some of these include:
- Peer coaching: When a peer leader works with you one-on-one to help motivate and support your recovery process.
- Peer recovery resource connecting: When your peers help connect you with both professional and non-professional resources in the community.
- Recovery group: When you engage in recovery-focused activities with others.
- Building community: When you work with other addicts to make new friends, establish healthy social networks, and combine different methods of peer support.
Why is Group therapy important?
Most addicts entering into recover feel isolated. Quite often, their friends are addicts and they have rocky relationships with family members. Sure, they may have people in their lives that want to see them succeed through recovery, but they often feel like they do not really care. Bond-forming activities done in group settings turn the community of addicts into a network of friends and a truly exceptional support system.
Addicts, especially those struggling with isolation, can freely express themselves, work on strengthening their communication, and help each other along the way. Having a strong network of people, especially those who truly understand what you are going through, will go along way in preventing relapse in the future.
When it comes time to transition from inpatient back out to the real world, addicts often become overwhelmed with the change. Some addicts find comfort in locating their old friends, who may have addictions themselves. Falling back into the same patterns can increase an addict’s chance of relapsing. Having a strong group of peers available to help you once you are released drastically reduces the chance of relapsing.
At Asana Recovery, we offer a variety of outdoor or indoor group activities that motivate addicts to communicate effectively and build stronger relationships with others. Our robust program has something to offer to individuals dealing with any type of addiction. Call us now at (949) 438-4504 to see how our inpatient treatment programs can help you.