4 Reasons to Find a Recovery Community That Offers Support After Relapse

4 Reasons to Find a Recovery Community That Offers Support After Relapse

You need to find or remain in a recovery community to pursue a healthy life

When you relapse during recovery, your natural tendency is to pull into yourself, however, you need to find or remain in a recovery community immediately after the relapse. This community, if a healthy one, can help you process the emotional damage to yourself and the relational hurt your relapse caused others, remind you that you are not alone in this battle and give you strategies for greater success in the future.

You May Be Your Biggest Enemy

The physical and psychological draws of addiction can never be overstated. Often the largest battlefield for recovery is in the mind. It is in your mind that you hear thoughts like this:

  • “You’re never going to be free of this addiction.”
  • “This type of life is exactly what you deserve.”
  • “You’re not strong enough to beat this addiction. Ever.”
  • “You may as well quit now because it won’t get any easier and you are weak.”

What seems like an endless cacophony of sounds and accusations can swirl in your head to the point that you are not able to think clearly. Immediately after a relapse, these thoughts rise to the level of overwhelming. If you don’t have the people around you to speak truth and encouragement to you, there is a legitimate risk of you stopping any further recovery attempts.

Having a healthy recovery community gives you trusting people with whom to process your guilt and shame instead of trying to manage it alone. The greatest way to combat thoughts of guilt and shame is to bring them out into the open. Often even saying them aloud breaks the power of those thoughts over you. This is even truer when you are sharing them with others who will help you to see the truth about yourself in the context of recovery.

Recovery Communities Provide Practical Tools to Enhance You Next Steps

Many times, a relapse is due to poor choices, even choices that could have been avoided with some forethought. Each person in recovery is definitely in process and on a journey into and about themselves to learn what the specific triggers are that create longing or opportunities for the addiction to take hold once again. It can be difficult to have an objective view of what creates the chance for the addictive behavior to come back into play.

This is one of the great values of a recovery group. Each person in the group has unique experiences and/or training to provide the objectivity needed to minimize the chance of another relapse. Many resources are available online to provide insight, but the internet will never replace the warm smile and knowing eyes of another person who has walked the same path. Recovery groups will give you practical steps to take to get aligned again with your goals of healthy choices and will help you diagnose what created the relapse in the first place.

Supportive Accountability in Fragile Times

It may surprise you to know that among those in recovery range from 40% – 60%. A relapse is a serious moment in time, and how you respond can make or break your recovery process going forward. This is something that most people in recovery have to address at one point or another.

In these fragile moments, having a group that is safe is vital, but it is equally important to have accountability. You will likely be weakened in your motivation to continue down the path toward recovery. The difference between success and failure at this point could very well be one or more people pushing you to make wise choices.

Remember You Are Not Alone

One of the biggest threats to any individual’s recovery is the malicious lie that you are alone. Nobody is dealing with the same struggles you are dealing with. Nobody understands the specific challenges you face.

While you can logically come to the conclusion that this is not true, it doesn’t make the lure of the myth any less powerful from an emotional perspective. A healthy recovery group will give you concrete evidence of the fallacy of this statement. Each time you gather with the group, you will see with your own eyes the evidence of the struggles, and you will hear the stories of others going through the same types of struggles you encounter. There is hope in community, which is the type of hope that cannot be found anywhere else and the type of hope that gives you the strength to push through to better choices.

If you are ready for a change, you don’t have to make it alone, but there is support available. We can help you. We can answer your questions. The admission counselors at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline can help you learn more about your addiction. They can help you find your way.