Personal Recovery Resources
Once you have completed your rehabilitation program at Banyan Treatment Center, you should try to surround yourself with people who can encourage you to stay sober. Many people find that support groups are the best source of encouragement. You can find hundreds of support groups and meetings in your community. Our drug and alcohol treatment center stresses the importance of personal recovery resources, especially when you are new to sobriety. Here are a few tips:
- Speak with your doctor, counselor or other healthcare provider.
- Search the online directories for a list of local support groups and activities
- Speak with local or national groups (see a few below) who are devoted to helping people get past addictions and staying sober.
Once you find a support group, you don't have to feel tied to it. If that group doesn't seem to meet your particular needs, it is okay to look for another group. Sometimes, it takes a few attempts before you find a group that feels right.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
A voluntary program concerned with helping alcoholics with recovery and continued sobriety.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. The Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): 12-Step Recovery Program is a free treatment program for people suffering from alcohol abuse and addiction. AA program participants follow a set of recovery steps to achieve and maintain abstinence from alcohol. Many people use a sponsor to help them through the process. Participating in AA meetings can tremendously help your recovery efforts.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
global, community-based organization with a multilingual and multicultural membership.
NA was founded in 1953, and members hold nearly 67,000 meetings weekly in 139 countries today. NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. They are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership, and it is the desire to stop using. There are no initiation fees or dues, no pledges to sign, no promises to make to anyone. Anyone may join regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion, or lack of religion.
Gamblers Anonymous (GA)
fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.
“The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. There are no dues or fees for a Gamblers Anonymous membership; they are self-supporting through their own contributions. Gamblers Anonymous is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution. GA does not wish to engage in any controversy, and neither endorses nor opposes any cause. Their primary purpose is to stop gambling and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same.”