How to Build Your Support System
Recovery from addiction is a process that doesn’t happen overnight. You’ll feel physical withdrawal, mental withdrawal, and drug cravings. You may come across addiction triggers every single day. While you’ll have the support of licensed mental health counselors during your drug detox and drug addiction counseling at a treatment center, what about when it’s time to go home? It’s crucial you take the time to build a support system during and after treatment. Recovery support systems help people with mental and substance use disorders manage their conditions successfully.1
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there are four major dimensions that support recovery are:1
The Importance of a Support System in Recovery
The National Center for Biotechnology Information performed a clinical study in which participants reported that out of the most significant experiences that can help start and maintain recovery, the support of peers, family, and friends make up about 30 percent.2 Good support systems make all the difference in recovery.
Having a support system in recovery can help to provide an enhanced sense of:
Social support allows those in recovery to escape the narrow world of their own concerns, and also helps to counteract shame, isolation, and secrecy.3
How Do You Build a Support System?
If you want to build a support system to help maintain your sobriety, you can ask your close friends, family members, loved ones, people in mutual support groups, and even people you met during your time at your Pompano treatment center for help. Our treatment specialists offer the following advice on building a strong support system:
- Reach out for help
- Be patient with yourself and those who want to help you
- Know who you can and can’t count on
- Be honest with them and yourself
- Tell them how they can help
- Educate them
- Respond to them when they try to reach out
- Stay connected with them
- Be grateful for them
While connecting with others may not be your strong suit, it’s one of the things that will impact your recovery in a positive way. Building a strong support system can help you maintain your sobriety, especially when you know you can count on these people to be there for you during the hard times.
- SAMHSA – Recovery and Recovery Support
- NCBI – Pathways to Long-Term Recovery: A Preliminary Investigation
- Mental Help – Recovery from Addiction: Social Support
Casey is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addictions Professional. Casey has spent more than 10 years working with individuals with addiction and co-occurring disorders, providing individual and group therapy, consultation and assessment, and case management in both a hospital and outpatient setting.