We’re all familiar with the scenes of alcohol and drug addiction support groups in movies and TV. Typically, these meetings are portrayed as some sad meeting, full of glum individuals, sharing the saddest stories you’ve ever heard. Not exactly the way that anyone would want to spend an evening. But what if the truth of what addiction support groups are is much more exciting than the fictional portrayal. If these groups are vibrant communities full of complex individuals who know exactly what you’re going through on your journey to recover from opioid addiction. The truth of these groups is certainly more beautiful than their on-screen portrayal. So, keep reading to see why an addiction support group may be right for you.
What Is An Addiction Support Group?
Addiction support groups are quite literally what their name suggests, as well as so much more. Mostly based on the twelve-step model that most people have at least heard of and associate with Alcoholics Anonymous.
For opioid addiction, especially those receiving Medication-Assisted-Treatment like that which we utilize at Fritz Clinic, it is best to check out a variety of different support groups. Certain groups are based on an abstinence treatment model. Programs based on abstinence aren’t beneficial for people who are utilizing medication to treat their addiction.
Other support groups like SMART Recovery and Secular Organizations for Sobriety are the perfect fit for those looking for a less faith-based support group.
And if you are looking for a faith-based support group there are plenty, including Celebrate Recovery and plenty more.
Where Can I Find An Addiction Support Group?
Most ever city has an addiction support group for your needs. However, you may need to travel outside of your city for more specific groups. Since COVID-19, many of these groups have gone virtual, making it even easier to attend.
Narcotics Anonymous, one of the 12-step abstinence-based programs, recommends that you attend their meetings every day for the first three months to build a habit that will replace your drug habit. This may work for some but may not be necessary for those recovering from opioid addiction using Medication-Assisted-Treatment. Finding a group that works for you is important so that you can feel comfortable and receive the benefits that work best for you to help you on your journey of healing.
How Can An Addiction Support Group Help?
This is the big question. For those who may be unfamiliar with group therapy, and are already receiving Medication-Assisted-Treatment as well as one on one counseling, you may be asking yourself, what is going to a group going to do for me? Well, especially with opioid addiction which can be treated medically, these support groups serve two purposes.
First and foremost, they provide community and knowledge through sharing, and secondly, they provide a sense of accountability that can help you achieve your sobriety goals. Especially in something that feels so isolating as one’s journey to heal from opioid addiction, hearing the stories of those who are either further along on their paths, or just starting, can be incredibly helpful. It helps you place your healing process in the context of another person’s and find commonalities in your struggles and triumphs.
Additionally, it helps you know what to expect in the weeks, months, and years of addiction recovery that you will experience. The knowledge to prepare for what might be coming is an invaluable resource that is incredibly helpful in your journey. The community that these groups provide is also key. In going through this process, it can sometimes feel like you’re the only person this has ever happened to.
Recovering from opioid addiction is an incredibly personal thing. Having a support group to lean on can be the extra boost you need to keep going.
Addiction support groups are a fantastic resource for those recovering from opioid addiction. However, they shouldn’t be your only source of assistance, especially since many are only weekly. For the best possible healing process, you also need to contact Fritz Clinic today. Fritz Clinic provides the necessary Medication-Assisted-Treatment, as well as personal addiction counseling that you need to recover from this illness.
Give us a call at (205) 877-8585 to speak with someone today. Or, fill out our online contact form and we’ll have someone contact you shortly. Either way, we’re here, ready to help!