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Support Groups In The Recovery Toolkit

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Return to a normal life for those who suffer from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) can be likened to hiking trail through the mountains. Medicine Assisted Treatment (MAT) gets you started on the trail by providing you with the basic supplies you need (the right medicine and counseling) to get you going in the right direction. You begin the trail freshly invigorated and you’re on your way to the top. But, before long you encounter the steep climbs, the thin air, the cold nights, the sore legs and you realize that you might need help along the way to reach your destination.


Part of the trail back to the peak of normality can be outside support groups. These groups are part of a community of peers who can help you conquer the physical, behavioral and emotional challenges during your climb to recovery.


First and foremost, make connections to your community via a support group, simply to help to eliminate the loneliness you might feel. These are people who have dealt with, or are dealing with, similar things you are. Further, it’s an open dialogue, a safe place, that fosters trust, creates bonds, and generates feelings of accomplishment that can make you stronger as you continue your journey.


A support group member expresses it like this, “The group is a reminder that you are strong in your recovery and strong in your sobriety. It’s a place where I feel like I’m not alone.”


A full recovery treatment program for best success can include MAT, Intensive Outpatient Programs and group or family counseling. Programs in comprehensive recovery facilities finely tune to your specific needs, and may include the following treatment services:


For more information about substance use recovery treatment contact your primary care physician or a care facility.

Dale Willenbrink
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