Having a support system has a number of mental health benefits. A good support system can lead to a longer and more positive quality of life, reducing depression and anxiety, and increasing the chances of leading a healthier life. Most people need support from others in some way at some point in their lives, and one can get just as much out of giving support as well. Having a healthy social support system when focusing on staying sober can also decrease the chance of relapse. When on your journey to recovery, your support system becomes even more crucial. For many, the people they previously considered a part of their support system might not be the healthiest to continue in their lives. These may be people you used to drink or use with, or individuals who were not healthy and positive for other reasons. Take some time to reevaluate who you want to continue to play a role in your life. Is the individual someone you can count on and trust? Did you drink or use drugs with this person and, if so, does this person trigger you? Will this individual respect your desire to stay sober and support you in doing so? Does this person increase or decrease your anxiety? These are a few questions to ask yourself when deciding who you want to remain in your life after implementing the changes you choose to make. It is sometimes helpful to include some of your support system in your recovery if they are not already involved. For example, you might want to bring your family members to an AA meeting or to a group you attend, or introduce them to others who have been helpful in your journey. Having your support system from before your journey be included in your current treatment and recovery process can be helpful for you and them. Fellowship can be incredibly powerful; having a sober support system is crucial. Spending time with others who share a common goal often makes individuals feel less alone. With a sober support system you can re-learn how to have fun without alcohol or drugs, gain confidence, and are more likely to stay honest and on track. When you are struggling, spending time with your sober support system can help re-focus you. A support system often times includes a therapist. Continuing psychotherapy to further explore and understand your use can be very helpful, as it might help to uncover deeper causes that contributed to your use, to continue working on yourself, and to remain accountable during the process. A therapist can also help you assess your current choices, patterns, and relationships to make better decisions. Your journey will likely involve ups and downs. Having a strong and healthy support system to share in and provide support during recovery can be crucial for your continued success, and connecting with the right treatment solution to achieve recovery is essential. A free service like Freedom From Addiction can be of help to explore the different treatment options available.
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Dr. Rachel Needle has specialized training in the area of substance abuse. She is a professional consultant to substance abuse facilities and assists them in expanding and enhancing clinical programming. Dr. Needle also does expert training on the topic of substance abuse, mental illness, and sexual health for staff members at residential and outpatient facilities that specialize in alcohol and substance abuse.
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