Topic: Recovery Support Groups
In his review of long-term outcome studies involving both alcohol and heroin users, Vaillant noted the inspirational aspects of such participation.
In other words, they may also be engaged in professional treatment, attending live support groups, seeking medical or mental health care, or some combination of the above.
Maybe for some individuals, whose goal is simply to get off drugs and meet like-minded people, a 12 Step fellowship fits the bill better than, say, the local church or civic group.
We don’t need to ‘cure’ social anxiety, only to increase the individual’s level of control over his or her emotions…
Reclaiming holidays doesn’t just keep them from becoming relapse triggers– it can also offer chances to live the joy in recovery.
You might as well write ‘I don’t want you to go to AA’ in big letters on the wall behind the therapist’s chair. It’s about that obvious.
12 Step literature suggests that sponsors stick with advice on how to work the Steps, rather than stray into realms better left to trained professionals.
AA and NA aren’t designed to have a ‘success rate’. Their mission is to reach out a helping hand to those who still suffer.
Sending somebody to meetings without some prep work is like making a referral for therapy without bothering to find a therapist.