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Benefits of Hearing Recovery Success StoriesGroup therapy sessions and support group meetings are an important aspect of the recovery process. Virtually every inpatient treatment facility, rehab center and outpatient program includes group therapy as part of its recovery curriculum as it encourages all involved to succeed and helps maintain accountability.

Why Group Therapy Is Important

Addicts often feel guilt, shame and isolation. Increasing drug use often results in alienation from friends and family who may blame or judge the addict for the addiction. Depression and paranoia are common side effects of addiction and withdrawal, and the isolation that results from addictive behavior can amplify these feelings.
Recovering addicts in the first stage of recovery is vulnerable psychologically and is likely to feel alone, misunderstood and unloved. They may feel they are in unique situations that no one will understand. Obsessing over past mistakes and their consequences can lead to self-recrimination and self-loathing.

The Benefits of Support during Addiction Recovery

Group therapy during recovery lets recovering addicts know that they are not alone. They will meet others in similar circumstances, people who are loved and have careers, friends, family and potential. These people may have had promising lives that were hijacked by addiction. They will hear how addiction has impacted the lives of others, which can illuminate one’s own situation. Recovering addicts in support groups can explore topics of addiction with people who have been there and know what they are talking about. Recovering addicts hear each other’s stories with real empathy.

Revering addicts can greatly support each other. Meeting people who are further along in recovery can reassure recovering addicts that recovery is possible. Fellow addicts will also see how these success stories came as a result of hard work, determination and persistence. They will see how difficulties on the path to recovery are to be expected, and that nearly everyone in recovery experiences setbacks and the temptation to relapse. They will see how people have dealt with these issues, which can help them deal with their own stress. They will see that recovering addicts may relapse, but can return to recovery. Meeting a recovering addict in long-term sobriety can inspire people to stay on the path to recovery.

Help Finding Support for Addiction Recovery

Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is not a destination but a life-long journey. Some days in that journey will be easier than others, but participating in a support group after rehab can give recovering addicts invaluable support during difficult days. If you would like help finding addiction treatment, or if you have any questions about drugs, addiction, treatment or recovery, call our toll-free helpline today. Counselors are available 24 hours a day who can answer any questions you may have and help you find treatment or support.