Why Living a Sober Life Requires Support

Why Living a Sober Life Requires Support

Recovering addicts who feel supported are less likely to relapse

Isolation feeds addiction, so one of the best ways to get sober is to find a recovery community that supports your efforts. Nothing compares to the support given by peers who share your addiction struggle, especially during early sobriety when emotions are volatile and the road ahead seems too long. Recovering addicts who feel supported are less likely to relapse, so peer support is a strategic way to sustain sobriety while building internal motivation. Treatment centers encourage individuals to join 12-Step support groups, because they recognize this benefit, but other positive outcomes include the following aspects:

  • Feeling connected
  • Gaining a sense of personal power
  • Improving coping skills
  • Improving emotional adjustment
  • Lower anxiety and depression
  • Learning practical recovery tips

A sobriety-friendly community can also reinforce lessons taught in rehab, and it can create places where individuals can practice the following skills:

  • Learning from other people’s experiences
  • Relying on mentors and other role models
  • Using peer support to withstand cravings

No two support groups or communities are the same, but positive recovery groups share the following characteristics:

  • Many members with long-term sobriety
  • Members serve as sponsors while working under the guidance of a sponsor
  • Attendees discuss how to apply 12-Step principles to real life
  • Discussion focuses on spirituality and wellness
  • Newcomers are invited to do service work
  • The group abides by minimal rules, yet seems orderly and calm

At professional treatment centers, recovery experts teach people skills that encourage participants to enjoy life. They also teach strategies for avoiding relapse by replacing drug use with dynamic, meaningful social experiences.

Rediscovering Passions and People Who Share Them

Recovery is wonderful, but getting active is also a good way to support sobriety. In active addiction, passions and hobbies often fall by the wayside, so getting sober often reconnects people to the things they love most and to kindred spirits who are drawn to the same things. Recreation, not drugs or alcohol, becomes the centerpiece of socializing.

Friends, family and significant others often impact recovery in profound ways. While negative feedback can fuel addiction and trigger relapse, positive support can be sustaining, especially on difficult days when getting support can supply extra encouragement against relapse.

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