A List of Aftercare Support Groups for Recovering Addicts
For an addict, one of the most important days of their lives comes when their drug treatment counselor says, “You’re ready for aftercare.” Aftercare is the part of the process that comes after an addict has successfully completed a drug treatment program. It means they are ready to begin their lives anew. That, all by itself, can be a scary proposition. To help the recovering addict through the ups and downs of daily life, there exists several established aftercare support groups that are available – day and night – to help keep the recovering addict on the straight and narrow.
Narcotics Anonymous was founded in the 1950s after the model of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping drug addicts and anyone who would like to join them along the way to stay clean and sober. A quick visit to their main website can put the recovering addict in contact with a chapter close by. If there isn’t a meeting available due to distance restrictions, there are phone numbers available for support.
The concept of this organization is based upon recovering addicts helping recovering addicts. They do not care how much an individual used, what kinds of drugs were abused or how those drugs may have affected the life of the abuser. They care about what will happen next, and they have had decades of success helping addicts reach sobriety.
LifeRing is a support network for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts based upon the concept that the positive self can reach out to support the positive selves of others. In the same manner that two addicts may use together, LifeRing teaches sober individuals to stay sober together.
Alcoholics Anonymous, affectionately known as “AA” around the world, is a place where those addicted to alcohol can celebrate their sobriety, obtain counseling, reach out to others in service, as well as call upon others in their group for help when they need it.
For those addicts who reside in small, rural areas of the country, it is possible that there are no “famous” support groups in the area. This doesn’t mean there are no places to turn to for support. Local churches often have a support group that will meet locally, combining modalities and sharing life stories of victory and defeat. If there are no organizations or support groups, a recovering addict may find support and help by starting a group of their own.
Because of the health implications involved in drug and alcohol abuse and recovery, it is not uncommon for local hospitals to have a list of nearby support groups. A visit to a local emergency room when a recovering addict fears they may relapse is a better choice than the alternative, of course. However, finding a support group prior to that situation is a better course of action.
There are many support groups available that can offer a recovering addict a safe place to talk with others who have been through similar life experiences. This can be a crucial piece of the recovery plan and has proven to be beneficial in a great majority of successful recoveries.