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Group Participation in the Treatment of Substance Abuse

Group-Participation-in-the-Treatment-of-Substance-Abuse“My name is ___________, and I am an addict.”

It is amazing how this short phrase prevents so many people from wanting to become active in group recovery programs during addiction treatment in New York or Princeton. Taking ownership of an addiction is a difficult battle for many people to overcome. Relating to others with similar problems and acknowledging past experiences as something others have gone through can be incredibly difficult tasks for many during the recovery process. However, once you can overcome these small obstacles and begin engaging in group recovery programs, you can open the door to a world of recovery opportunities and support networks that you didn’t know existed.

12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous have been around for many years, and there are tens of thousands of people who have benefited from their abstinence-only approach to addiction. However, going to those group meetings and sitting quietly in the back isn’t enough to impact your recovery process. The key to benefiting from the 12-step model is participation.

Social anxieties, doubts and denial can all impact your willingness to participate in a group recovery session during addiction treatment. Most group recovery environments have rules in place to help you cope with those anxieties. In many 12-step group meetings you retain the right to remain anonymous, providing others only with the information you feel comfortable sharing. Unfortunately, the insecurities surrounding group recovery programs don’t always come from the threat of sharing your name, but in hearing stories so similar to your own repeated by someone who has openly accepted that they have a problem with addiction.

Participating in a self-help group can make a huge impact in your addiction treatment and recovery process. Here are a few benefits that these groups can potentially deliver:

  • Attending meetings regularly gives you the chance to develop healthy, stable relationships with others who’ve had similar experiences.
  • Meetings provide a social outlet in an environment not conducive to substance use or alcohol consumption.
  • Talking with others who’ve had similar experiences can broaden your way of thinking about addiction.
  • Forming healthy relationships and speaking openly about your past and current struggles can reduce your risk of relapse.

These are just a few of the benefits that a self-help group can provide—and they are not benefits that are easily understandable from the outside. Consider the benefits of trying a self-help group in New York or Princeton. You might be surprised by the impact regular meetings with others in similar circumstances can have on your quality of life as you overcome addiction

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