It can be hard to make the decision to get help, and it is even more difficult when you are finally ready for recovery but don’t have the right support.
Fortunately, there are many different ways to find support in recovery. We will discuss how positive support networks can help you through the recovery process and what steps you can take towards building a great support network.
How support networks help you through recovery
Having a positive support network you can rely on can provide you with:
- People for you to share valuable experiences with in recovery
- Encouragement for you to stay strong and avoid relapse
- Accountability for your decisions in recovery
- Support should you experience cravings
- The opportunity to help support others to lead their own healthy life
The more you surround yourself with positive individuals who live a healthy lifestyle, the more you will make positive decisions on your own. Additionally, you’ll be less likely to use addictive substances as a way of relieving stress, curing boredom, or dealing with other problems that can arise in your life.
How to build a healthy support network in recovery
It is important to find support in recovery, but it’s also crucial that you keep your support network healthy. Support networks can offer accountability for your decisions in recovery as well as providing the opportunity to help other people with their own healthy life. Here are our tips for building a healthy support network in recovery.
Connect with support groups
Meetings with others in recovery can be a wonderful place to start, whether you’re just beginning to develop your support network, or want to expand and meet new people who understand your situation.
If you’re looking for a way to connect with people who are going through the same situation as you, there are plenty of online and offline options. You may also find it beneficial to have different groups for various aspects of your life (such as parenting, grief, and mental or physical disorders).
Rebuild relationships with family members
Because addiction affects family members the most, it may be difficult to face these memories and emotions. It might seem odd to revisit these feelings when you’re trying hard to stay positive, but revisiting them can help you work toward a solution. This type of healing won’t happen overnight, but it may lead to strong bonds that assist with long-term sobriety.
You can get in touch with other individuals that are making both mental and physical health choices throughout a regular exercise session, such as a running group or sports team. This is preferable to being dedicated to simply working out on a regular basis because by engaging with others and holding each other accountable it encourages you to progress your health goals, while also assisting in avoiding loneliness.
When it comes to building your support network, you must think carefully. Keep in mind that not all connections you make will result in a long-term friendship, and that not all new friends are destined to endure. Friendships grow and change over time; this is not a reflection of your character.
It’s important that you avoid individuals who are actively abusing drugs or alcohol, even if they agree with your choices. This might lead to issues for you, especially if you are just beginning recovery.
Finally, checking in with your new network is just as essential as checking in with yourself. Examine how your new connections make you feel, and if it’s negative, think about whether you should continue interacting with that person.
There are many ways to find support in recovery that will give you accountability, encouragement, support if needed, people with whom to share valuable experiences, and the opportunity to help other people through sharing of knowledge gained from experience; all of these aspects may contribute towards increased sobriety.
Contact us if you have any questions or want further information on how to create your support network in recovery.