When you are suffering from a drug addiction, finding a support group is so important to your recovery. Support groups can give you new insight into your addiction, but more importantly, they can provide you with strength and courage to go ahead and beat your addiction.
What types of support groups are out there? There are many. Alcoholics Anonymous has been the foundation for many offshoots that deal with all sorts of addiction problems. Narcotics Anonymous deals with people who have addictions to narcotic drugs, Al-Anon helps family members who are trying to cope with a loved one who has an addiction, and there are many more.
Many churches offer faith-based support groups that deal with addictions of all types. You don’t necessarily have to be a member of that particular church to attend their support group either. All you have to do is ask to join. Faith-based support groups are generally very accepting of non-members, and when you ask for their help, they are usually there to welcome you with open arms.
Drug addiction is a difficult vice to overcome. When you have the help of a therapist or counselor, you will be better off. Ask your counselor if he or she can recommend an appropriate support group for you to attend. They usually have all the information you’ll need to guide you toward one that is right for you.
Hospitals also will offer support groups for drug addiction. Contact the administrator and ask about what they have to offer and whether or not their groups are ones that could help you on the road to recovery.
Don’t discount online support groups that address drug addiction. When you do a simple Internet search, you will find all sorts of places that offer online support for your addiction. These groups will have chat times where you can discuss the problems you are having and often also have message boards where you can post questions and concerns.
When looking for a support group to treat your drug addiction, you should find one that makes you feel comfortable. Try to find one that has members around your own age. It’s often easier to talk to people who are your peers – that means age appropriate peers. If you are a teen struggling with drug addiction, it’s generally not a good idea to be in a support group with mostly middle-aged people.
Finding a support group for your drug addiction is such a huge component of your recovery, it should not be overlooked. Look around and pick the right one for you. And know that you’re not alone in your addiction – or your recovery!