The first 180 of sobriety are some of the most important. Imagine you are building a bridge that you plan to use for the next 50 years. Building that bridge on a weak foundation with rotting support beams wouldn’t be the best idea. Imagine trying to build that bridge by yourself, it would be exhausting and would take a lot more work. Chances are the bridge would collapse within the first few uses and cause more damage than if that bridge was never built at all.
If you were to build a bridge with the help of friends and peers, using metal supports that are embedded in solid rock you could use that bridge for the rest of your life without worry.
Building a strong bridge with strong support in early recovery will help make the rest of your life easier and more sustainable. A sober support group will help you build that strong bridge. Here are 5 reasons you should get a sober support group.
One of the most beneficial parts of a sober support group is the mix of stories you will hear. The people in your sober support group are also in recovery, you may have used different drugs than some of them but that doesn’t mean you can’t relate. Everyone has a unique story but you will find something you can relate to in all of them. Having people around you that understand what you’ve been through because they lived it will help give you hope in times of stress and advice when it is most needed.
It can be difficult for some people in early recovery to get a good group of friends around them. Just because you’re sober doesn’t mean you can’t go out on weekends with friends and have an awesome time. Being able to keep yourself occupied and have fun while doing it will help make your first few months in sobriety much easier. You will build friendships and relationships with your sober support group that can last a lifetime.
As was mentioned before, the people in your sober support group understand what it is like to be in early sobriety, it’s not an easy time. Life will still happen, you may stress about money, work, family members and other things. They will help you handle stress and show you how to cope with it naturally. Having something severe occur, like the death of a friend or family member, in early recovery can be catastrophic. Having people to lean on and help you through those tough times can make a huge difference.
The people in your sober support group are going to help you stay sober, but just by being there you are helping them stay sober. The newcomer is one of the most important people for those in recovery. Seeing the change in you, both physically and mentally, during early sobriety will help motivate them.
Life can get hard, this goes for people who are in sobriety and who are not. For those of us in sobriety, a bad day can cause a lot of damage if a relapse is to occur. Staying involved in sober support groups like A.A, SMART Recovery and Celebrate Recovery is a huge part of the recovery process. There will be days that you don’t want to go but it’s important that you attend. The people in your support group will keep you going to these meetings and on the right track.
A sober support group is a group of fellow recovering addicts/alcoholics that you can consider your friends or close acquaintances. These people will help you throughout your recovery in a variety of ways. They can play different roles in your life, from just a friend to a voice of reason when things get difficult. Your support group understands what you’re going through. They’ve lived it.
If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction now is the time to get help. At First Steps Recovery, we never give up on residents, we offer up individualized care plans designed around the specific needs of each individual. Addiction and alcoholism cause too much pain and heartbreak in our country, help stop the pain today. Call us today if you or a loved one are struggling: 844-244-7837.