Having a strong, solid support system is an essential in your recovery. Recovery from a substance use disorder is a lifelong process, but when you a group of people in your corner to encourage you and be by your side, you’ll find peace of mind while recovery.
As you’re creating your support system, here are a few tips to help you along the way:
- Call on people you can trust: Having people that you can trust goes a long way toward helping you in your recovery. Not only will the staff from the recovery center be part of your support system, but you’ll also have other key people you’ll rely on such as:
- Therapists and Counselors: They can help you to work through challenges you face and continue to focus on implementing your recovery plan and goals. OARS on-site counselors will work with you during treatment and post-treatment.
- Family and Friends: Your friends and family can work with you to establish a safer environment, reduce temptations, help you make better choices, and to ultimately be the listening ear you need whenever you need it.
- Others in Recovery: Others that are also in recovery know first-hand what you’re going through. You can seek out a support system of those going through recovery at your local AA or NA support groups.
- Cut out toxic relationships – Cutting ties with those that are a negative influence or are a trigger to a relapse can make space for the positive influences you need to help you in your recovery. Steer clear of those who continue to actively use drugs or alcohol or don’t support the changes you’ve made in your life, and focus your time on those who motivate, encourage, and inspire you.
- Tell your them how they can help – As much as it would be great if we could read minds, you have to spell out your needs to your support system. This communication is key to them being able to support you in the exact way that you need. This can be anything from positive reinforcement to attending a family night at your support group. Be specific and ask for help when you need it.
- Ask for help when you need it – There’s nothing wrong with asking for help; this is exactly what your support system is here for – to be there when you need it most. Your support system will be there to help you navigate through any situation you might be going through to help you stay focused on your goals. All you have to do is just ask for the help when you need it.
OARS is here to be the beginning of your support system. We’ll be by your side through every step of your recovery, and we’re only ever a phone call away when you need it.