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Can a Support Group Help Me?

A support system is essential when recovering from mental illness and addiction. However, a support system doesn’t guarantee that people will understand what you’re going through. Your loved ones might care but not really get it. Even if they do, you may feel hesitant to speak candidly for fear of altering those preexisting relationships. No matter the circumstances, a support group could help.

What Is a Support Group?

A mental health support group offers a space for you to discuss your illnesses, experiences, and healing journey. Peers further in recovery typically run these groups. In most cases, you can attend for free. The group may set topics and prompts for each meeting, or they may leave it an open forum.

Why Should I Join a Support Group?

If you’re considering joining a support group, you should consider the many benefits they offer. Let’s discuss a few just to get you going.

Receiving and Giving Guidance

Someone without lived experience may tell you to “cheer up” or “ignore it” when you’re having a bad mental health day. This not only doesn’t help but also can cause active harm. In a support group, you’re likely to get more constructive guidance. You might learn or be reminded of coping mechanisms.

On the other hand, in a support group, you might get to help someone else by offering them guidance. It can fulfill you to pass on what you’ve learned.

Feeling Less Alone

Going through a treatment program can feel isolating. You’re removed from your social circles and home. As you re-enter the outside world, you often come across as different to your loved ones. It’s an adjustment period. No matter where you are in this process, a support group can help you feel less alone. Not only will you be interacting regularly with people, but you will also be with others who understand what you’ve gone through.

Expressing Yourself

Mental health disorders and addiction can stunt your emotional awareness. Even if you’re aware of your emotions, you may feel incapable of expressing yourself. As you attend a support group, you’ll hear other people identify and speak about their emotions. This can help you better understand your emotions. You can work on identifying your own emotions, and you’ll have a safe space to practice talking about them.

Reintegrating into society after a facility stay can feel challenging. You’ll need to prioritize your ongoing recovery. Joining a support group can help you bridge the gap between treatment and the outside world. With a support group, you’ll gain a consistent support system and a place to express yourself. As you progress in outpatient treatment, this will offer you stability. At The Guest House, we can help you through inpatient treatment, outpatient programs, and aftercare. With dedication and resources like a support group, you’ll find yourself thriving in your recovery. To start healing, call us at (855) 483-7800.