Outpatient treatment has many benefits and advantages for people in recovery. One of the foundations of good outpatient treatment is support groups.
With outpatient addiction support groups, people in recovery can feel a sense of support and encouragement from their peers.
At CARF and NAATP accredited Beachway we are proud to provide support for our clients and alumni in the form of support groups.
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What is Outpatient Treatment?
When a client chooses to enter outpatient treatment, they are often either placed in sober living environment or allowed to remain in their homes. Outpatient clients are able to continue working and going to school if they are able to, and are kept busy with multiple group therapy sessions per week. Regular checkups and drug tests are also common with outpatient treatment to help with relapse prevention. In cases like this, clients are held completely accountable for their actions, as the level of trust in outpatient care is considerably higher.
How do Support Groups Help?
Once treatment has ended, clients are invited to take part in many aftercare options available to them. From support groups to our Alumni Program, treatment doesn’t technically end after leaving the facility or moving on from therapy sessions. The main purpose of support groups is to give clients an outlet to express themselves without judgment or feeling insecure. Support groups allow people in recovery to share stories and thoughts in a safe and supportive environment. This outlet helps in the recovery process as well as relapse prevention.
What is Beachway’s Sober Support System?
The Sober Support System is an excellent resource for new and existing Beachway clients. The goal of the system is to match people and connect new residents to a current member of the local sober community as sober supports. Similar to a sponsor, a sober support helps ease clients into the recovery world and helps them take the first steps as a sober member of the community.
A sober support will introduce the new resident to other recovering addicts in the community and will help bring about a sense of connection and fellowship within the relationship. By providing current clients with a positive outlook, sober supports can demonstrate how to have fun while remaining sober and how to live a happy life going forward.
Other Types of Support Groups
Getting sober is a group effort. With the help of counselors, therapists, and sober peers, people in recovery can expect to have a full support system of sobriety cheerleaders. Recognizing the hardships and getting encouragement for the hard work that comes with addiction treatment is one of the best ways to prevent relapse and promote continued success in sobriety. Some other ways that recovering addicts can feel the benefits of outpatient addiction support groups include:
- Attending weekly Alumni Program meetings – These meetings take place on Tuesday’s from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and include group sharing as well as male and female speakers at 8 p.m.
- Attending monthly Alumni events – While not strictly a meeting, these events can foster a greater sense of community and are an excellent way to celebrate sobriety while encouraging peers. Group events range from bowling to softball to barbecues and more. These events are typically free or come with a small fee attached.
- Joining a 12-step program – Once treatment is over, it may be beneficial to join a 12-step program like Alcoholics Anonymous. Your therapist or counselor can help you find one in your area. These meetings are beneficial because they further integrate you into the sober community and provide continued support and fellowship after treatment.
Making a Connection
We always recommend that Alumni and clients get to know each other. Exchanging phone numbers or email addresses can lead to friendships based on a shared commitment. The people you meet at support groups can offer a sense of fellowship and encouragement in your road to sobriety. Outside of support group sessions, you can lean on your sober peers for guidance. Something as simple as going for coffee, or meeting for dinner can help prevent relapse and keep you on the right path.
What to do in Case of a Slip or Relapse?
Experiencing a slip or relapse is actually quite common in recovery. Since addiction is a chronic disease, there is a chance that old habits can flare up. It’s important to know the difference between a slip and a relapse. A slip is usually a one-time event that is brought on by an emotional trigger or something else that makes you return to old habits.
A slip is usually followed by an intense feeling of regret and guilt and the need to make it right again. A relapse, on the other hand, is descending back into addictive behavior. Both of these instances need to be treated seriously and quickly.
The beauty of a support group is the non-judgment. If a slip or relapse occurs, you can count on your support group to help get you through it. While talking to your therapist or counselor during a slip or relapse is a definite reality, your support group will help you deal with the guilt or regret that comes with making a mistake because chances are, someone in the group has experienced something similar.
Call Beachway Outpatient Center for Expert Help & Compassionate Care
Our therapists and counselors are the most experienced and trained in the industry. We only work with the best and want to pass our knowledge and experience to you. Addiction is a disease, but with the help of our expert team and support group resources, we can ensure clients are on the right path to sobriety. With individualized treatment programs from an accredited facility like Beachway, we can ensure each one of our client is getting the exact treatment plan that will work best for their specific needs.
Take The Next Step
If you or a loved one is in need of drug or alcohol addiction treatment contact us today. Call 800-208-9273 today and speak to someone about our outpatient addiction support groups and other proven addiction treatment methods. A phone call could save your life. Call now.