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During the rehab process, patients receive much more than therapy and counseling. They learn a lot about addiction and what it takes to stay on the path of recovery. In many cases, they also learn the value of having one or more support groups. For many years now, counselors have placed a great deal of value on promoting the idea of “one addict helping another addict.” In fact, who would know more about the recovery process than someone who has successfully lived it?
Contrary to popular belief, supports groups involve much more than a bunch of patients sitting around talking about their problems. There is much more taking place in the room. A good support group process encourages the exchange of ideas, experiences and, possible solutions.
Counselors can’t be all things or know all things. Unless they themselves are in recovery, they can’t possibly understand the turmoil that leads to and surrounds an addiction. They may not have first-hand knowledge about the chaos of the human mind when drugs and/or alcohol have control of the patient’s mind.
This is where other patients can provide a great deal of insight to each other. Patients can find great comfort in knowing they are not the only ones going through such a horrible experience. In an environment of people with something in common, everyone is much more likely to open up and share their innermost feelings and fears.
While sharing provides the basis for support groups, there’s one benefit from group therapy that patients can’t overlook. Simply put, it’s the building of trust in others to help when help is needed. While caught in the cycle of addiction, trust is not easily given. In fact, many people dealing with addiction are paranoid and untrusting. The loss of trust in the people around them promotes a lonely existence. There’s great benefit in knowing patients can find relief by discovering they can trust someone other than counselors and family.
It’s also important to note how important group settings can be on the outside. Many people in recovery make significant progress by going to 12-Step meetings. Again, these meetings offer much more than a forum for having coffee and discussing problems. These meetings offer people a chance to make new friends and develop lasting relationships. That’s a very important attribute because many people in recovery have to say goodbye to the old friends surrounding their life with an addiction.
Beaches Recovery is a premier drug and alcohol treatment center located in Jacksonville, Florida. We provide a comprehensive menu of treatment options for people suffering from an addiction. Aside from what experts refer to as traditional individual therapy options, we also place a great deal of emphasis on support groups. Our counselors are quick to take advantage of the prospects of one patient helping another patient.
Our treatment process starts with an interview upon admission. The purpose of the interview is to identify whether the patient will need detox and which one of our treatment options will best suit their individual needs. The following represents a comprehensive list of the treatment options provided by our professional counselors and clinicians:
When patients complete the treatment process, our counselors will invite them to consider using a sober living option as a great way to transition back to life on the outside.
If you are tired of living life as a slave to drugs and/or alcohol, we encourage you to find the courage to admit you have an illness and ask for help. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call us at 866-605-0532. While at our Beaches Recovery facility you will get the opportunity to start building a lasting recovery with both individual and group support.