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Which Recovery Support Group is Right for Me?

 In Addiction Recovery

Many people who are in the process of recovery will find that support groups are helpful during this difficult time. The fellowship of being with others who are going through the same process can be an inspiration and give a sense of camaraderie. Choosing the right recovery program can depend on the individual and their specific needs while trying to change their lifestyle. A brief summary of the history of these programs and the different methods to find success will help guide your decision to choose the proper path to sobriety.

The History of Recovery Programs

The first of these programs was Alcoholics Anonymous which originated in the 1930s and developed the 12 steps that most people are familiar with to overcome addiction. These same tactics were later adopted from alcoholism to be used for various kinds of narcotics and addictions. These same principles were used to form groups of individuals who were focused on transitioning into a sober life. Eventually, this would become the numerous kinds of drug rehab programs we are familiar with today. Some of these programs are even available for the family members and loved ones of those who are going through the process of leaving their addictions behind.

Types of Support Groups for Addiction

After the development of various anonymous programs, there also was an increase in faith-based initiatives to help people recover with their religion as a motivating factor. These Christian programs, such as Celebrate Recovery, made the distinction of following a higher power and submitting to God and Jesus Christ as a path to recovery. This was a new step in addiction recovery that has become a mainstay due to the number of people who have found success when using their faith as the main motivation to return to a sober life and improve their relationship with God. There have also been other programs such as SMART Recovery, a self-based program of utilizing behavior modification, as well as LifeRing, Women for Sobriety, Refuge Recovery and Hip Sobriety, all abstinence-based programs for dealing with a drug or alcohol problem.

Social Acceptance of Recovery & The

In recent times there has been more widespread acceptance of the recovery process and the removal of the stigma that addiction only affects certain people and that it is a moral choice. The fellowship of support groups has expanded to larger communities, which should help those who are struggling with addiction and want to make changes. There have even been political changes, prompted by the surgeon general, that have helpined integrate the need for clear paths to recovery into the fabric of our daily lives with proper funding and recognition of the widespread and epidemic nature of substance abuse.

Which Program is Right for me?

This is a question each individual has to answer on their own. There are several prompts that may help create a more clear picture of recovery will work best. These may include how important your faith and religion is to your path to recovery, whether you feel more comfortable in smaller or larger groups, and whether a more methodical approach that integrates science and medicine into the the recovery steps. Ultimately, this selection process may include some trial and error as recovery is often not an easy process, or guaranteed to succeed on the first try.

Let Rise in Malibu Help You Find Your Path to Recovery

Those who are interested in getting help with finding answers to these questions and the recovery process in general can contact Rise in Malibu, California. Rise offers a luxury treatment facility located right on the ocean. The Rise staff is experienced in helping to develop personalized treatment programs for each of their patients. Rise is on the cutting edge of treatment with plans that involve therapies and sober activities designed to help transition into a great life that does not involve substance abuse. Please get in touch today to receive more information about finding the right path to recovery for you.

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