The Importance of Support in Addiction Recovery

January 13, 2010 — 5 Comments

For anyone who has entered into addiction recovery, one thing becomes clear…support is needed in order for you to be successful in your addiction recovery.

“You alone can do it, but you cannot do it alone” – O. Hobart Mowrer

But what makes support such an important component to a successful recovery? And what is the meaning of support when it’s pertaining to addiction recovery?

It’s my understanding that when you are speaking about support in recovery you are really talking about a kind of give and take of honesty. A kind of honesty that others in recovery can identify with. It is this ability to identify with others and have others identify with us that is the true definition of support.

The only thing that makes this type of honesty possible is a little something I like to call…HUMILITY. Humility is basically the acceptance of being human. What better way is there to accept being human than to be able to listen to someone else talk about a situation that they are experiencing that is very similar to our own?

When you hear/read the trials and tribulations that another is experiencing with their humanness and it strikes a familiar chord with you, you’re able to say…ok, I’m not alone on this one, I’m not weird, I’m human. That thought process is the very reason why support is so important in addiction recovery.

Support is not so much about getting answers from others. I mean, who really knows anything right? We’re all here on earth for the first time trying to make our way through life. Support is more about realizing that we are not alone in having imperfections. It’s also about realizing that our imperfections do not make us bad people. Our imperfections make us human.

Now, when I talk about support I don’t mean that everyone needs to attend support meetings or twelve step programs, although that is helpful for a lot of people. Support can be found in numerous ways. The key is to find what works for you. I find that I need to feel accountable to whatever support system I’m involved with. Everyone needs accountability in addiction recovery.

At this point in my life I am finding that blogging and receiving comments on my posts as well as reading other people’s blogs and commenting on them is all the addiction recovery support I need. Will that always be the case? Who knows. I’m not ruling out other forms of support. I’m just going with what works for me right now.

Thank you to those few people out there that have given me the support I need for a successful recovery. Hopefully you know who you are.

5 responses to The Importance of Support in Addiction Recovery

  1. just curious. what sort of online support blogs are available?

  2. Today is the 21st anniversary of my mother’s death. I’m definitely going to make a meeting tomorrow. I’ve been struggling with the temptation to go back to Percocet. 21 years since Mom died doesn’t make the grieving go away. My mother had one year clean time before she passed away at age 63. I feel so sad. I wish I knew what made her so unhappy besides her addictions. Sometimes I wonder if she even was truly able to love me. I have finally come to an understanding of why she gave me up and put me in foster give me a better life. But I did not dodge the bullet of addiction. I am fighting to stay clean even though I’m crying inside.

  3. Support is super important. My sponsor and I use this iPhone App to keep us in touch:

    1. Immediate one-touch ability to dial your 12 Step Sponsor.
    2. Customizable schedule for reminders to call your Sponsor.
    3. Easy access Phone List of 12 Step contacts for quick dialing.:
    4. Crisis outreach access for addiction treatment.

  4. We all need some level of support. Either from the rooms, a sponsor or fellow recovering addicts, support is key. It is pertainent for recovery. You can not spot self-deception by yourself.

    (oh, and Erin, I DO think everyone should have a 12 step program of some sort;-))

    Be well dear and keep up the good work. If no one today has told you that they are proud of you today, know that I am.

  5. Recent research into the efficacy of 12 Step Facilitation, which is an evidence based approach to that encourages involvement in 12 Step support group 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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