Support from sober loved ones and friends are import for success in recovery. Positive reinforcement and encouragement strengthens you through the journey to substance-free living. New, sober friendships often develop in group meetings.
In AA, a sponsor is available to encourage you and talk about your recovery progress. A sponsor is a person who also struggled with addiction and agrees to listen to your experiences, and talks with you on a regular basis. Essentially, you help each other by being there to listen, encourage, and share your accomplishments and challenges in sobriety.
It can be hard for loved ones to understand the challenges a person in recovery faces on a daily basis. The individual’s brain chemistry changes and becomes dependent on the drugs or alcohol to function. The brain craves the substance and the person can feel unpleasant withdrawal symptoms until they use the drug or alcohol again. That is why recovery is one day at a time.
Having a positive support system is helpful in so many ways. At first, it might not seem possible, but recovery does happen. People take different paths on the road to recovery. Treatment is not “one size fits all” or packaged the same for everyone. It is tailored to the individual’s unique needs.
Group meetings are therapeutic and a great outlet to meet people who share similar experiences with addiction. Many sustainable, sober relationships can develop with others by attending group meetings. These new friendships are a great source of support in recovery. While new friends are helping you in the recovery process, you are also helping him or her in their journey to sobriety.
If you or a loved one struggles with addiction or a substance use disorder, get help now. At Cypress Lakes Lodge, we offer treatment that can be tailored to your unique needs. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Addiction is treatable and recovery is possible.
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” ~ Jimmy Dean
Cypress Lakes Lodge specializes in addiction treatment and is located in a serene, remote, lush-green, oxygen enriched environment. The program encompasses holistic addiction therapy and offers yoga and meditation for the mind, body, and soul. The focus is on physical, mental, and emotional well-being by generating the balance of life-enriching treatment, wellness, and healthy, sober, sustainable relationships. Call us to get started: 409-331-2204