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5 Steps To A Strong (Sober) Social Support System

Human beings are social creatures. Although we may not always like it, we need each other. For recovering addicts, who likely lost a lot of old drug-using friends when they got sober, this can be a particularly painful realization. Without conscious effort, early recovery can be a lonely time.

This is where one tried and true component of addiction treatment – a strong social support system – can bolster long-term recovery. A social network can keep recovering addicts invested in their recovery program even if they lose motivation, get discouraged, or become complacent or over-confident.

Research suggests that social relationships provide emotional support, a sense of belonging and stress relief. While higher levels of social connection improve quality of life, lower levels have been linked to relapse.

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  • September 2, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Recent research into the efficacy of 12 Step Facilitation, which is an evidence based approach to addiction treatment that seeks to encourage and facilitate involvement in 12 Step support groups or their alternatives e.g. Smart Recovery, SOS, Women for Sobriety etc. has found that going to meetings greatly increases one’s chances of being able to establish a stable and lasting recovery from Alcoholism and Drug Addiction. (Read “If you work it, It works! The Science Behind 12 Step Recovery by Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. for specific information on the research findings)

    In addition, Weight Watchers has found that those that attend their face to face meetings lose about 3 times as much weight as those who participate in their program on-line.

    The old AA adage that “meeting makers make it” seems both highly applicable and very true.

    Jim F. Clean & Sober Since Oct. 4th 1987


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