It takes numerous types of therapy delivered in the best manner possible to help a person enter addiction recovery. Support groups are one component of it. In these types of groups, there are opportunities for learning, healing, and rebuilding. At Sunflower Wellness Retreat, we offer a wide range of options to help our clients connect with others. Call our team today at 855.730.8825 to learn about the benefits of support groups.
Why Do Support Groups Matter?
A support group is an opportunity for a person with an addiction to be around others that understand what they are facing. Each member of the group is valuable and supported through conversations. Sometimes it can be helpful for people to be a part of a group where they can listen to a therapist leading it and others talking about their experiences. Other times, engaging in the conversation enables a person to help themselves cope and help others. Support groups offer many benefits in addiction recovery:
- Peer support enables a person to get authentic encouragement from someone who understands their situation.
- It detracts from the isolation that is so common in people with addiction or mental health disorders.
- Support groups open up the lines of communication, allowing individuals to feel confident and supportive enough to share their thought processes and needs.
- Communication skills improve. This improvement leads to long-term improvement in a person’s ability to discuss their needs or communicate feelings.
- It may minimize the risk of relapse by providing a person with an outlet for stress, confusion, and negative thinking. This may stop a person on the brink of relapse from engaging in it.
Incorporating peer support like this in addiction recovery offers several advantages. It teaches a person about their addiction, its symptoms, and how to cope with it. It also teaches real-world strategies for managing stress, daily routines, and challenges with relationships.
What Type of Support Groups Are Beneficial?
Group therapy sessions during residential treatment provide a way for people to connect with others going through the same challenges in a meaningful manner while isolated from family and friends. This support can help encourage change and growth. Group therapy is also beneficial because it teaches real strategies through role-playing, lectures, and one-on-one conversations.
Aftercare programs provide another source of peer support for some people. In these programs, a person can come back to treatment on a less frequent basis than they were. It allows for discussing and working through the challenges of real life. This discussion may help them manage the stress of being at home, back to work, or surrounded by relapse triggers.
Community support groups are another layer of protection. While formal treatment in an addiction treatment program is one option, there are also groups within the community that help provide an outlet when there’s an emergent need. This care may include online support groups that add an extra layer of protection on top of professional services.
At Sunflower Wellness Retreat, support groups are a component of the care and therapy we offer. They are never the sole component of treatment, but they are one of the tools we can use to help a person see a significant change in health and mental wellbeing. Some of the other therapies we offer include:
- Individual therapy programs
- Family therapy program
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Holistic therapy programs
Find the Right Type of Support at Sunflower Wellness Retreat
Support groups are just one of the tools we offer at Sunflower Wellness Retreat to encourage addiction recovery. It only takes a call to our compassionate counselors to get started for those ready to begin treatment. Learn more by calling 855.730.8825 or connect with us online.