When it comes to addiction recovery, there are a number of different support groups available in most communities. The most common support groups include:
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Cocaine Anonymous
- Crystal Meth Anonymous
- Dual Recovery Anonymous
- Marijuana Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Smart Recovery
- Al-Anon Family Groups
- Adult Children of Alcoholics
- Codependents Anonymous
How to Choose the Right Group for You
Finding the right support group for your individual needs might take some time. The best way to find out what works and what doesn’t is to attend diverse meetings.
Depending on what your drug of choice is, you might decide to start with a program geared specifically to that substance.
How Support Groups Can Help
Having a substance abuse disorder goes beyond just using a drug or alcohol, it encompasses an entire lifestyle. Getting sober, then, oftentimes means stripping oneself of a personal and social identity in which one has become accustomed. Walking away from a lifestyle can be extremely lonely, especially because it requires you to terminate friendships with the people you used with. A support group offers an immediate circle of people who are all working toward the same goal: to recover.
What to Expect
If you are going to your first meeting, you are likely going to feel nervous. Perhaps asking yourself questions like: Am I going to have to speak? Will I see someone I know? Am I going to be judged? Know that these questions are natural. While it may be distressing walking into your first meeting, you are more than likely to find a room full of people who share a similar story to your own. Nevertheless, you should expect to feel mixed emotions throughout the meeting.
Depending on the reason you are attending the meeting, the emotions are going to differ. For instance, if you are court-ordered to go, you might find yourself perceiving the group through a veil of hostility. On the other hand, if you are going by choice, you might find relief or unusual connectedness to a room full of strangers.
Meetings usually begin and end with the serenity prayer and will be focused around working a version of the twelve steps. There is usually a speaker who will either share a personal account or guide the group through discussing one of the twelve steps. At some point, members will have an opportunity to share and milestone chips will be rewarded to deserving members.
Where to Find Them
The best way to find support groups in your community is to initiate an online search. There are plenty of online sites dedicated to locating support groups based on Zip code and specific need. Support groups are also usually a main component in addiction treatment centers. Many meetings will be defined as closed meetings. Closed meetings just mean that they are designated only for members.
Membership requirements are simple. In general, they are as follows:
- Alcoholics Anonymous: The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
- Al-Anon Family Groups: The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.
- Adult Children of Alcoholics: The only requirement for membership in ACOA is a desire to recover from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family.
- Narcotics Anonymous: The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using drugs.
Support groups are not always necessarily for everyone. For some people, sitting in a group setting can be uncomfortable. In this case, choosing instead to do one on one therapy sessions is an option.
Support Groups in Residential Treatment
Support groups are a traditional component for addiction treatment centers. First Step Center of Arizona has a program that utilizes a daily support group along with providing individualized care for each client. With only 10 beds, our all-male clientele benefit from receiving a personalized treatment program tailored to meet specified needs.
We also offer programs and therapies like:
- Residential Treatment
- Partial Hospitalization Program
- Intensive Outpatient Program
- Dual Diagnosis Treatment
- 12 Step Program
Don’t wait any longer to get the help you need. No one need live a life in darkness. First Step Center understands this sentiment and believes in offering integrated treatment that offers a holistic method in helping you or a loved one get well. To find out more about support groups or addiction treatment, call us now at 866.832.6398.