Life isn’t easy. While a lot of joy and positivity can be found, there is also inevitably sickness, struggles, and passing on of loved ones. Support groups provide one way of coping with these situations when they arise, and when they seem too difficult to move beyond by oneself. Oftentimes people who are going through a tough time can feel isolated and alone, despite support from friends and family. In support groups, people who share in a common struggle meet regularly to share with one another, exchange coping strategies, and to feel a sense of community. The realization that others, too, are experiencing something similar or have been through it before (and survived!) can offer immeasurable hope and comfort.
Support Groups for Addiction:
For addiction and substance abuse, specifically, there are countless support groups available to both the sufferers and people close to them. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are the two most popular groups, and have helped millions of people to recover from addiction. These two groups have also inspired many alternative groups that help sufferers from gambling, sex, and other more specific addictions. These groups are all based on the idea of fellowship, character development through the Twelve Steps, and relying on a power outside oneself rather than trying to stay sober based on their own self will. At Serenity Acres, we strongly encourage participation in these groups as critical element of treatment and recovery.
Support Groups for Families:
Further, these groups have also expanded to family and friends of addicts and alcoholics. Al-Anon provides support group meetings for spouses, parents, children, siblings, and anyone else who has been affected by or is close with someone who is actively using or trying to recover. These meetings help people who are directly affected by someone else’s addiction to share their struggles with others who understand, and to use the same Twelve-Step principles to learn how to cope with their loved one’s problems in a healthy and productive manner.
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