Support groups are a significant aspect of overcoming substance abuse. At Beaches Recovery, therapists understand the importance of making meetings available to program participants, such as Big Book study groups that use materials from Alcoholics Anonymous. What makes these support groups so successful for clients?

What Happens at Big Book Study Groups?

Young people at a big book study group of Alcoholics AnonymousAlcoholics Anonymous uses a text that program participants call the Big Book. It’s the same for everyone. Big Book study groups focus primarily on a specific passage of the text. It’s easy for newcomers to the group to catch on.

An offshoot of these groups is a Step Study group. These meetings focus primarily on working through one of the 12 steps.

What makes these groups so successful is the emphasis on client leadership. Although Beaches Recovery staff members are there, you have an opportunity to lead the group. Similarly, program participants can direct the course that discussions take. This is true for facility groups as well as those you might attend at a community Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

Because we can separate men and women during the weekly meetings, you’ll feel comfortable sharing openly. Therefore, your study of the material goes more in-depth than it might at a co-ed group. Most importantly, discussions focus on topics that are important to your lifestyle and role among loved ones. There are also groups for those who don’t want to participate in a 12 Step program.

How Support Groups Meet Individualized Needs

What makes Beaches Recovery work on so many levels is the commitment to personalization of care. You’re different from anyone else. Therefore, you have unique needs and preferences. Therapists commit to meeting them with diverse recovery groups.

When Big Book study groups don’t work for you, attend meetings of another type. Celebrate Recovery is a Christian program. It’s an excellent option for people who want to revisit their spirituality while in rehab. Others prefer non-religious group meetings.

SMART Recovery follows the teachings of Self Management for Addiction Recovery. It’s a group that aligns itself with behavioral therapeutic interventions. Beaches Recovery also offers gender-specific meetings. Our facilitator has the required certification to lead the sessions.

Refuge Recovery group meetings benefit participants who wish to deepen their understanding of mindfulness practice. The focus is on the development of coping skills for recovery. The group setting provides support and encouragement. This meeting is open to current and former program participants.

Groups Integrate into the Rehab Program

It’s important to note that Big Book study groups or other types of meetings alone won’t be enough for recovery. Instead, they integrate well into a set of customized treatments. Examples include:

Similarly, the groups work well against the backdrop of the various treatment delivery options. Residential rehab clients have the same access to groups as those who are part of an outpatient program. Alumni may attend certain groups, which strengthens the connection between former program participants. It also makes staying on track a lot easier.

I Relapsed Recently–Can Group Attendance Help Me, Too?

Current rehab program participants, alumni, and those with a recent relapse can benefit from group attendance. The dynamics in the groups focus on encouragement and positive peer pressure. Moreover, you feel energized and optimistic by being around likeminded people. In the wake of a relapse, groups can help you get back on track.

Work with an addiction specialist to determine whether you could also benefit from outpatient program participation. Maybe there are some coping skills that you still need to work on. Indeed, your situation could have changed, and you need to work on new life skills. Rehab makes it possible to put relapse behind you.

Find out today how Big Book study groups with Alcoholics Anonymous and similar meetings could benefit you. Contact Beaches Recovery at 866.274.9281.