In early recovery, attending support group meetings is often an essential part of staying focused and continuing to move forward in sobriety. But once you’ve completed treatment and have a few months of recovery under your belt, is it really necessary to keep going? While attending group meetings is typically not required, there are many benefits of maintaining these connections and continuing to go to meetings.
Know you’re not alone. Addiction recovery has many ups and downs. Some days may be fantastic, while others may be more difficult. No matter how you’re feeling, support group meetings connect you with others who know exactly what you’re going through. They can celebrate your successes with you and help push you through the hard times.
Family members and friends often have the best of intentions, but unless they have dealt with addiction themselves, they never truly understand exactly what you’re experiencing. Individuals in your support groups do. They’ve been there. You’re able to build relationships on a different level, and they can provide the kind of support others may not be able to.
Inspire others. Not only can you learn from others, they learn from you. Everyone is at a different point in their recovery. Some have maintained sobriety for years, while others are just starting out. Your stories and experiences can serve to motivate someone else who may not be at that point yet, or help someone who is going through a situation you dealt with already. It is a give and take. You take away important messages and strategies while also giving inspiration and support to others.
Support groups are everywhere. While you may be feeling confident and motivated at home, when you’re traveling for work or pleasure, it can be a different story. You’re in a new place with unfamiliar surroundings. Temptation can creep up. Fortunately, support group meetings are held in cities and countries around the world. With a little research, you can find a meeting where you will be to help you stay focused and on track. Change doesn’t have to derail your progress, and you’ll have people there to hold you accountable.
Meetings are free. You don’t have to worry about how you’ll pay for the next meeting or whether it is covered by insurance. These groups are free and often meet multiple times per week. You can show up whenever you need to and connect with others during good times and bad. It can provide a sense of purpose and routine when you need it most. Even if you just go and listen, it can help to remind you of why you’ve worked so hard on your recovery and what you want to achieve. Many people attend more frequently at the beginning of recovery and then adjust their attendance as time goes on depending on their needs.
Addiction recovery is not a journey you have to go on alone, and building a strong network of support is crucial. Support group meetings provide yet another resource for you to use in recovery. You can turn to family, friends, coworkers, support group friends, therapists, medical professionals, and others all at different times depending on your needs. It is good to have options. It is not mandatory to continue attending meetings, but it can be beneficial.
Seacliff Recovery Center encourages clients to find what works best for their recovery, including trying different support groups and therapies. If additional help is needed, Seacliff offers a variety of treatment options to empower clients to get back on track.
No matter where you are in your recovery journey, Seacliff can help you stay focused and continue moving forward. Learn more by contacting us today!