Addiction Recovery Support Groups
Following treatment at dual diagnosis treatment centers for drug and alcohol addiction, patients seek continued support through a variety of groups. Clinical research has continually proven that recovering addicts who remain involved in continuing treatment programs have a much higher rate of long-term sobriety. The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) reports that mutual support groups are central to drug addiction recovery.
The average Southern California recovery center admission is usually only three months, and some treatment centers do not offer “step-down” support following program completion. Coastline Rehab Center is different, offering a variety of recovery support groups for addicts seeking to transition from inpatient to sober living.
Why We Recommend Support Groups
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How do I find a Support Group that is a Good Fit for me?
Depending on where you live, finding a support group that is a good fit can be a challenge, but with some time, you should be able to find one that fits your needs. Most addicts that have completed an inpatient program are more open to continuing care as they have learned that their emotional desires might derail their sobriety. Many have learned to feel comfortable in group settings, allowing for transparency and sharing that can be mutually beneficial for others in the group. One of the biggest hurdles to finding and committing to a support group is finding one with ideological commonalities.
Some of the more common questions asked when considering a specific support group would be the following:
Do they meet in my community?
12-Step programs meet in almost every city across the US and all over the globe. While it is true that some of the less common groups are not active everywhere, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Cocaine Anonymous (CA) are found in most areas.
Are there meetings convenient for my schedule?
Part of addiction recovery involves compliance and commitment to scheduling around meetings, not the other way around. Staying involved and participating actively in sober living groups should be central to your work, social and life scheduling each week. Find a group that is close enough to be convenient, and work around the meeting times available. Trying to travel great distances can be a deterrent to recovery.
Do they mesh with my personal beliefs?
Addiction recovery groups exist to support all genders and religions. While most 12-step programs are grounded in acknowledging a higher power, some groups like SMART and moderation management groups have a secular base. Depending on what type of group you associate with, your choices in support care are many. If you have questions about continuing care for addiction, call our support number at the top of this page.
There are treatment centers designed to provide rehabilitation for patients from all walks of life. Some are more expensive than others, this is true. Depending on your insurance, your rehab may be covered completely. Some Orange County rehab centers offer payment plans and will work on costs on a case-by-case basis. At Coastline Rehab Center, we never want money to be an obstacle to recovery.
Is my personal information protected?
Privacy and anonymity are a major concern for most recovering from addictions to drugs and alcohol. Alcohol addiction and drug abuse affect individuals from every social-economic background. One of the underlying principles of 12-step programs is protecting the privacy of members.
Is there a cost associated with it?
Most 12-step and other support groups such as SMART are free to those seeking help. While donations are accepted and sometimes requested, financial limitations should not keep individuals from attending any program. Seeking information for loved ones looking for support groups? Contact Coastline Rehab Center today.
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Types of Support Groups for Addiction Recovery
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There are many twelve-step programs available today for addicts looking to participate in recovery care. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is probably the most recognized, but Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Heroin Anonymous (HA), Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA), Marijuana Anonymous (MA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Pills Anonymous (PA) are the main groups.
SMART Recovery’s group focuses on a 4-point program that can be applied to many different addictions including alcohol abuse and illicit drug addiction. Group meetings are available in most communities, and online support is available to all members, too. Message boards allow group members to post questions and read through answers, helping self-support skills. The basic premise of SMART Recovery is that all chemical dependence issues are learned behaviors that can be addressed using 4 behavioral tools
Much like the SMART Recovery model, Moderation Management (MM) is a secular organization that focuses on peer group support for reducing alcohol consumption. These groups function to support individuals seeking to reduce, but not necessarily eliminate consumption. Moderation Management might work for those without full-blown alcohol addictions, but is not usually encouraged for alcoholics seeking sobriety.