Recovery can be filled with addiction triggers and drug cravings. In order to overcome these hurdles and stay on track, support from others can go a long way.
Getting Help from The Right People in Recovery
Asking for help in addiction recovery can be harder than it seems for some people. Not only can asking for help from someone in sobriety make you feel vulnerable, but also you may not be sure where to turn.
Addiction can sometimes destroy your personal relationships, and once you are in recovery, you may need to separate yourself from certain people who could be dangerous to your sobriety. This can leave you feeling alone. There is also the added challenge of knowing who to turn to for what. Certain people may be better equipped to assist you with a problem than others. Although they may be more than willing to help, you family may not be the best people to ask for help in recovery for every issue because they have no personal experience with addiction. Instead, having different groups and people to ask for help in recovery can make getting the right support easier.
Who Do You Ask for Help from in Recovery?
At Banyan Philadelphia, we are sharing some insight on who you should ask for help in addiction recovery and even more importantly with what.
Several recovery groups like Alcoholics Anonymous have sponsorship programs where someone who is further along in their recovery is connected to someone in early recovery. As soon as your inpatient or partial hospitalization program is over, find a sponsor that you can trust. Go to this person for more personal problems related to your recovery struggles that you may feel uncomfortable sharing in a big group such as your battles with your mental health or issues with mending your personal relationships post-recovery.
When you attend the same recovery meetings regularly, you can get to know the other members and see people at different stages of recovery. When you have a problem related to recovery that is a bit more personal, this can be a good place to turn. You may want to talk to this group about what brought on your recent drug cravings or the using dreams you keep having.
At Banyan, we have a rehab alumni program that connects people who have successfully completed one of our many treatment programs. This can be a helpful resource if you have general inquiries about how to deal with certain situations like dating or job interviews because you can get the opinion of several different people in recovery. The alumni program can be especially helpful if you were in a specialized program like our addiction treatment program for older adults, people in the LGBTQ+ community, or first responders and you have questions that pertain to issues that are more specific to this group.
Friends & Family
While your friends and family may not understand exactly what you are going through, they can still offer valuable support. Turn to them when you want someone to exercise with, someone to keep you accountable for your diet, and matters that involve helping you get back on your feet.
If you are struggling to know who to ask for help in recovery or simply feel uncomfortable opening up to anyone, it may be time to turn to a therapist. Keeping your problems to yourself can cause them to become bottled up and you may become overwhelmed. Especially if you find your mental health waning, seek professional help immediately.
By having a variety of people available to lean on in sobriety, you can better ensure that your needs are being meet. Knowing who to ask for help in recovery and for what problem could make all the difference in your recovery. Ultimately, this can make the obstacles you face seem more manageable and help you better progress in your recovery.
If you or someone you care about has yet to take that first step to sobriety, get started today. Call us now at 888-280-4763 to begin.
Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.
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