Support System for Your Recovery

Tips on Building a Support System for Your Recovery

As a result of addiction, many relationships in our lives become strained, severed, or lost entirely, and yet these relationships are crucial to a happy, healthy life. To achieve a successful recovery, you need supportive people to keep you motivated and remember your goals.

You also need structure and strategy, along with the positive influence of well-chosen individuals who can provide invaluable support. Through our treatment program, you’ll have the opportunity to meet people who can positively influence your life. You’ll also learn the crucial strategies necessary to rebuild damaged relationships and create a support system so you can have a successful recovery.

Taking a Holistic Approach

At Right Path Addiction Recovery Centers, we utilize medication-assisted treatment (MAT) as part of our program. This approach is scientifically and medically proven to increase the likelihood of a successful recovery. This means we use medication alongside counseling and other behavioral therapies. We find that this holistic approach provides benefits in the short-term and decreases the possibility of future relapse.

You may be familiar with the well-known abstinence-only approach, programs that emphasize going “cold turkey.” Yet, this approach has a high failure rate, with some estimates at only 5% successful recovery for the long-term. If you have had disappointing experiences with other treatment programs, we want you to know that overcoming your addictive behavior isn’t impossible, despite any former attempts at recovery, and that what we offer is different.

Not only do we utilize medication for its ability to reduce painful cravings and withdrawal symptoms, but we also combine this with traditional 12-step philosophy and the option for a client to tailor their treatment according to their needs. This may include selecting your doctor, treatment modality, and religious preferences.

With MAT, you can focus on rebuilding your emotional and mental well-being without struggling through your addiction’s physical withdrawals. This can help you begin to sort out the relationships with people in your life that you need to support you in your recovery.

Choosing Relationships

relationships in recoveryWhen you begin to reestablish relationships or seek new ones, your loved ones may need time to adjust. It may feel strange having people involved in your life again when your relationship may have been strained or distant in the past. Learning how to do this and how to choose these healthy influences is a process. If you are unsure of your ability to choose healthy relationships, here are a few criteria to keep in mind:

  • Are they reliable?
  • Do they care about you?
  • Do you feel close to them? Do you want to feel close to them?
  • Do they have addictive issues themselves? Are they sober? Are they in recovery?

Using criteria such as these can help you remain objective when looking for support system prospects. It can also help you gain confidence in your discernment skills.

See who comes to mind when you consider these questions.

Any kind of relationship in your life (spouse, friend, family member, religious leader, etc.) has the potential for being part of your support system so long as they are a positive influence and don’t encourage your addiction. Ensure you have a range of people to turn to because having numerous people in your support system increases your odds of getting the support that you need when you need it.

Safety In Numbers

support and recoveryOnce you have a core group of individuals cleared for your support system, you’ll need to start looking for those who aren’t necessarily parts of your social circles, such as counselors, psychologists, and support groups. Right Path Addiction Treatment Centers are staffed with such professionals who can be there for you and provide support while employing their skills and knowledge for your benefit using various therapeutic mediums.

This isn’t a one-size-fits-all experience. Once you’re under the watchful eye of one of our professional counselors, you’ll be guided through your recovery journey, and you can even enjoy the process of self-exploration with activities such as art therapy.

There are times when expressing your concerns to a counselor is a better option than a family member, especially if you need to discuss complicated or painful issues.

It’s also essential to establish a community of people on the same path as you because they understand your unique struggles. At Right Path Addiction Treatment Centers, we believe that group psychotherapy is an essential step in the recovery process. Group therapy can be more successful than individual therapy for addiction treatment.

In group therapy, you benefit from several positive outcomes unique to group discussions, including:

  • A sense of community, which helps reduce feelings of isolation
  • Positive reinforcement from witnessing group members’ successes
  • A family-type environment
  • Learn coping mechanisms for similar struggles and challenges
  • Getting feedback to help you reflect on your recovery, goals, and self-improvement

Reaching Out

Once you have a support system in place, it’s up to you to use it. Family members or friends often want to help but won’t always know how. By reaching out and stating what you need, you increase the likelihood of getting it and having the reassurance of knowing someone’s there.

Telling the truth about how you feel and your actions may be challenging because addiction, in its very nature, is rooted in secrecy. You may find the people you reach out to don’t understand certain things or how you feel.

Your support group and counselor at Right Path Addiction Centers can help you learn the strategies of opening up to your support system. We can walk you through scenarios, conversations, and ways to open a dialogue with friends and family to establish a renewed and honest relationship.

Final Thoughts

At Right Path Addiction Treatment Centers, you won’t be on your own. Through our treatment programs, you’ll learn how to navigate the complexities of reestablishing relationships with your family and friends. Creating a healthy support system does require effort, but it doesn’t need to be overwhelming.

If you want further guidance on creating such a support system or the kind of help available at our treatment center, don’t hesitate to contact one of our professionals.

Written by Sergey Zhitar, MD Medical Director

Native of Moldova, Dr. Zhitar is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine as well as Internal Medicine and completed his training at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA in 2000.