One of the biggest threats to ongoing recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is isolation. Too much time alone can mean too much time spent dwelling on personal problems, fears or issues of negative self-esteem – all of which increase the risk of relapse.
Likewise, spending too much time in the company of people who are not sober or who do not prioritize sobriety can lead to the slow erosion of recovery principles in the patient’s life. This can lead to:
- Less honesty in dealings with other people
- Decreased self-esteem
- Lack of prioritization of balance in wellness and relationships
- Dysfunctional relationships with others
All of these issues can increase the likelihood of relapse and possibly a return to a full-blown active addiction. The best way to combat the threat of relapse is to remain actively engaged in one’s recovery. Doing this becomes exponentially easier when a patient has the support of a recovery community.
What Is a Recovery Community?
A recovery community comprises all the various people and organizations that are focused on providing support to those who are actively trying to remain drug- and alcohol-free. This can include:
- 12-step meetings and those who attend
- Therapists, psychologists, case managers and others who provide therapeutic support
- Other likeminded patients in recovery
- Family members who actively support recovery efforts
- Sober living support staff and residents
Everyone who contributes to the ongoing therapeutic development of the patient and provides accountability and support is a part of a recovering addict’s recovery community.
Benefits of a Recovery Community
Different aspects of the recovery community provide different benefits to the patient. Examples include:
- One-on-one therapy. A counselor, psychotherapist, or psychiatrist can help the patient to work through mental health symptoms, troubleshoot difficulties in recovery, shift negative perspectives that are harmful, or aid in learning positive coping and communication skills.
- Group therapy and 12-step meetings. Peers who are also in recovery can provide support as well as positive companionship to those who are focused on remaining clean and sober. They can also help each other to learn from their mistakes and exchange phone numbers so they have someone to call if they are in crisis.
- Supportive family members. Family members can attend personal therapy, group therapy, and family therapy with the addicted person, learning more about addiction and treatment as well as how to provide support without inadvertently enabling a return to addiction.
- Sober living home. The support of counselors and peers at a sober living estate can be the foundation for a solid recovery after drug addiction treatment. Sober living homes provide support in multiple forms and can make up the bulk of a recovering patient’s community as they work to rebuild their career, create a new home, and turn their lives in a direction that is characterized by health and wellness.
The Importance of a Recovery Community
The more support that someone has in recovery and the more people who hold them accountable for the choices they make, the more likely it is that they will evade relapse and enjoy a long life in sobriety.
Learn more about how a sober living home provides a community of support in recovery for those who have completed a drug rehab program when you contact us at the phone number listed above.
Further Reading About The Benefits of a Recovery Community