Support in recovery, is something that is oftentimes dismissed; and at the cost of person in recovery. What do we need to accomplish as a society, in order to create a different recovery culture?
Samantha*, is a woman in her mid 20’s. After years of partying off and on, Samantha never suspected her substance use was any different from that of her peers. Every weekend, her drinking began at happy hour friday afternoon, and ended Sunday morning for Mimosas. Most days following heavy drinking, she would wake with a resounding headache, unquenchable thirst and restless nerves.
“But that’s just a hangover”, she would remind herself, and continue drinking. With an established normality, she was always able to justify her drinking. She held a good job, maintained healthy relationships with her family, paid her bills. Until one day she couldn’t justify it any longer.
Every event was an excuse to partake, every perceived slight a justifiable reason to numb out and every morning was a painful awakening. The kind of awakening that leaves you with heavy shame, burden and literal pressure from all the intoxicants taken the night before.
So she decided to quit, to get clear, to heal her body. She excitedly shared her new perspective with her friends and peers, looking for encouragement and support. This was met with indecision and a general lack of enthusiasm. Samantha knew that she needed connection, support, a new community to engage in that wasn’t drinking or using. But where do I go for connection?
Where do I go to get support? Who supports people in recovery?
This is, unfortunately, a common situation for most people in recovery. Despite intrinsic motivations to change our life, if we are net met with that reciprocal enthusiasm our success will be limited. We need a support system, and we need connection.
One of the biggest indicators of an individual’s success in recovery, is the kind of support system that they have available. With a good support system, an individual in recovery can stay connected and engaged.
Support groups across the country of various modalities are available to serve that purpose, and get us connected. AA and 12 step culture is an excellent example, of how recovery support systems, can help move a person through recovery. When we get connected to a group that supports us, understands us and holds us accountable; we are much more succesful in our recovery.
How do I find support in recovery? Where can I meet others in recovery?
If you are located in the Denver area- there is a plethora of resources available for you to access. Please see the bottom of this link for a short list of places to seek support in recovery.
Support groups, are the most common and most efficient. These provide millions of Americans community, support and hope in an often dark time.
These are typically offered at churches, community centers and mental health centers nationwide. For most, a simple google search can provide adequate information on places in your area that provide support. However, reaching out to certain members of your community can also provide you with resource lists. Spiritual leaders, mental health workers and human services offices are all equipped to offer substance use referrals.
What is a support group?
A support group, is a group of individuals that come together to support each other through a common problem. These groups, are often free or low-cost to attend and require minimal commitment. The goal of a recovery support group, is to inspire members in recovery to continue on their path of personal development.
Why should I seek a support group?
Support groups in recovery serve a variety of purposes, helping to solve a lot of the common problems that come up. Things a recovery support group will help you achieve:
- accountability for behavior and substance use
- Outlet for talking through difficulties
- Hope for what a recovered future may look like
- Connection with peers struggling with similar problems
- Provide tools and techniques for handling obstacles in recovery
- A safe place to be and feel welcomed without judgment
Denver Metro Recovery Support Groups:
- Freedom Recovery Groups- Integrative, holistic, peer driven recovery groups. These groups meet once weekly, and are low-cost and accessible to everyone.
- Hayley Mathews (720)979-7933 Hayley-mathews.com
- AA- 12 step based groups. Free- various times and locations.
- NA-12 step based groups. Free- various times and locations.
- Phoenix MultiSport- Athletic gym for individuals in recovery.
- LifeRing- Secular recovery groups.
- Celebrate recovery Religious 12 step based groups. Free- various times and locations.
Freedom Recovery Groups are registering for our next cycle now,so please be sure to contact Hayley Mathews, for registration information now.