“It takes a village.”
“No man is an island.”
“There’s power in numbers.”
All of these famous sayings revolve around the same idea:
People are able to survive and thrive better with the help of others. That is why we form communities and build relationships.
For someone who is recovering from addiction, social connection and community are all the more important.
To Sustain Recovery
Living a sober and healthier life begins by acknowledging the problem and getting addiction treatment. But recovering addicts know their journey towards sobriety is a lifelong one. The process continues as they work on making the best decisions for their overall well-being day by day.
After leaving a rehabilitation facility, you leave a safe haven. You have to reintegrate yourself into society and deal with the obstacles to rebuilding your life in the ‘real world’. And without a healthy and supportive community post-rehab, it can be more challenging to sustain long-term recovery.
Dealing with everyday stresses can be overwhelming for most people, all the more for recovering addicts. If you don’t have access to a support group who can help you manage these feelings in a positive way, you may be pushed to find social connections and coping mechanisms in other avenues. You may seek old relationships or habits that reawaken tempting behaviors.
On the other hand, if you have a community you can turn to, you have a safe place to go when you need support, motivation, comfort, guidance, and assistance. In addition, you can get help in finding safe housing, a job, and hobbies. As a result, addiction recovery can be more progressive and consistent.
Finally, accountability to your peers is a key component of recovery communities and is a vital factor in sustaining sobriety. This idea can encourage you to make the right decisions and push you to continue being a better version of you.
To Get Support
Belonging to a group that ‘gets you’ can make you feel that you are not alone. There are other people who can empathize with you and provide you the understanding you need. Most importantly, you all have the same goal—to live sober and healthier lives. Together you can provide insight and support to each other, especially during difficult moments when you can become vulnerable.
To Live a Healthier Lifestyle
Achieving sobriety is just one phase of your recovery. After stopping substance abuse or other forms of addiction, you have to continue the progress you’ve made by living a healthier lifestyle. Having relationships that are founded on a common desire to stay clean can make it easier for you to develop positive habits.
Together with your recovery community, you can work on changing unhealthy behaviors and patterns. It can also be more fun and motivating to do yoga, try a new diet plan, do volunteer work, train for a marathon, join an art class, or learn how to cook nutritious menus when you do it in a group.
To Find Purpose Again
Recovery communities provide opportunities for you to share your expertise and talents. If you are able and willing, you can give back by sharing your experience and providing strength and hope to others in the group.
By trying new activities and learning from your therapy sessions, you can also develop useful knowledge and skills. These can be helpful in opening opportunities for a new passion or career. For example, joining a cooking class might bring out your culinary abilities and encourage you to take up courses to pursue work in this field.
As you discover more about your talents and skills, you can find new meaning in life. You can be even more motivated to stick to your path to wellness and to continue pursuing more rewarding opportunities.
Some communities also include volunteer work in their recovery programs. Helping others in need is a very rewarding experience for recovering addicts, and can give a greater sense of purpose.
Find Your Community
Get the support you need to recover and live a clean and healthier life by finding the right community. If you are seeking holistic addiction treatment, get in touch with The Next Step rehab center in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This facility provides a unique therapeutic environment where you can find and pursue your personal path towards sober living.
Here, you will find a community that cultivates nurturing, supportive, joyful and fulfilling relationships. They also provide Outreach, Outpatient, and Supported Living services because they fully understand that aftercare is an integral part of succeeding in your recovery. Find out more about their programs and begin your journey towards recovery and sobriety.