Social interaction and peer support is a key component of a healthy recovery. Even people who have lost loved ones through estrangement are distanced or not able to connect well with others who need love and support of fellowship. When a person is isolated in recovery, they may quit rehab early, relapse, or not feel like recovery matters and give up. There are challenges associated with rebuilding a social life during and after treatment in rehab. It is worth the effort to consider what it means to find the right support and go after it.
When it comes to substance use disorders and rehab, the old relationships often lingers in the background. Without making major changes and shifts, there may be old habits that continue. Family and friends may not support decisions and some may experience difficulty rebuilding their lives. It is not easy to start over again. Recovery is a time when everything is refreshed. It is time to look at all the old ways of doing things to see what is not working. Letting go of so much all at once feels overwhelming. Some things to keep in mind when rebuilding a social circle:
Getting used to all the bodily changes is alarming, at first. The brain and body need time to adjust. Even though it is hard at first, it gets easier over time. Although the changes may include letting go and moving on, building intentional relationships with supportive loved ones is key. The changes require a commitment and time but the advantages of supporting the community in recovery outweigh the risks returning to old relationships.
While addiction treatment programs are designed to help people overcome addiction, the main goal is to improve quality of life. This means achieving lasting change through the program’s tools and resources. It does not happen overnight. It takes a village, literally, to lift someone up out of addiction. Personal relationships, even with just one person, improve a person’s outlook and helps them develop a sense of motivation towards healing. While substance abuse decreases the quality of life, researchers are looking at ways community support boosts that. Here are some other ways community support is helpful and healing:
It may feel like moving from the old life to the new one is about enduring all the difficult times. This means more than just walking through them. This means maintaining sobriety, having peer support, and not giving into cravings and triggers. Continuing on the path of recovery is a choice made minute by minute. The risk of relapse is reduced and people who attempt recovery are able to make better choices when they check them against friends and peers. Support from this group can turn people’s lives around and literally set them on the path to healing.
It is easy to talk about finding peers but harder to do when everything is shifting all around. Peer support communities come in many shapes and sizes. There are opportunities all around to build healthy relationships. Here are a few to get started:
Addiction recovery is hard all the way around. Peer support makes it more manageable and navigable. The key is to find the right peer support group for a person’s individual needs and seek help from them when needed. There is hope in recovery for a better connection, it just takes time to grow those connections and find the right people to walk the journey within recovery.
Strive is a place to come and recover your life from addiction. Our goal is to help you connect with others so you can feel supported when you leave rehab. We are here to support you on the journey to recovery. Check out our facility or call today: 1-888-224-7312