Contrary to popular belief, alcohol therapy and self-help programs for alcoholism and drug abuse in New York and Princeton are not mutually exclusive. Many people going through alcohol therapy and recovery programs benefit from the ongoing support of self-help groups, and self-help groups cannot always provide the same guidance and individualized counseling of alcohol therapy. For this reason, many people are encouraged to attend self-help groups during the course of their recovery program.
Combining the positive effects of both types of treatment can enhance your recovery efforts and help you cope with the ongoing difficulties you will face during the course of recovery.
Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider self-help groups during your recovery program:
- Community involvement: One of the biggest perks of self-help groups is the community atmosphere they foster. Escaping negative environments is often a challenge during alcohol therapy, as friends and regular hangouts are often associated with substance abuse. The self-help atmosphere can introduce you to others who are overcoming alcoholism and drug abuse and provide you with a safe haven to spend time.
- Long-term support: Self-help groups are open-ended. Attendance is not mandatory, but as members develop relationships with one another it is common for people to continue going to meetings, either to seek out support for their own troubles or to provide support for younger members in need.
- Positive relationships: Self-help programs will introduce you to others who have undergone similar experiences, providing you with others to relate to and socialize with as you disconnect yourself from friends who may be negative influences on your substance abuse habits.
- Personal development: Self-help groups provide a positive atmosphere for goal setting and personal development. As you continue to work through your recovery program, and even as years pass and you are committed to your recovery plan, self-help groups can push you to continue bettering yourself. Other members of self-help groups can act as pivotal role models as you make goals for your future, and can encourage you as you continue to push yourself towards your goals.
Self-help groups can offer positive complementary therapy during your alcohol recovery program. Talk with Dr. Washton to learn more about the self-help groups available in your area, and which self-help organizations may be most beneficial for you.