After a person goes through detox for a drug or alcohol addiction, he or she can enter a treatment program and start the recovery process. Recovery is a life-long journey and it takes a  lot of hard work and determination for an individual to stay substance-free. Adjusting to a new lifestyle is very challenging, especially for the first several months of recovery.

When your loved one has a drug or alcohol addiction, he or she goes through many physical and mental changes. While they are using, his or her body becomes physically dependent on the substances. They can experience a variety of emotions like depression and anxiety. When the drug or alcohol use stops, withdrawals can make staying sober extremely painful and difficult.

Family and friends are affected by a loved one’s addiction. Trust is broken and relationships become damaged. During and after treatment, your loved one should go to support groups to cope with a substance-free lifestyle. Support groups are very important for you and your loved one. When you go to support groups, you show your loved one how much you care about him or her. Also, you are able to share your experience with others in similar situations and listen to other people share their struggles with their loved one’s addiction.

Support groups are a great resource and let you know that you are not alone. Many people in support groups can help you through difficult times. The recovery process is hard for the person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol as well as family and friends. Everyone affected by drug or alcohol addiction needs time to heal and relationships to mend.

A support group will allow you to find other people with problems similar to yours. They might offer practical advice to help you cope. When you attend regularly, you will gain a sense of empowerment and control and develop a clear understanding of what to expect. Attending a support group will help to reduce distress, depression, and fatigue. In addition, you will be able to talk honestly and openly about your feelings without judgment or feeling isolated.

Support groups are beneficial to everyone affected by drug or alcohol addiction. Attending a support group is essential to the recovery process for you and your loved one.

Treatment is the beginning of a beautiful journey of healing, transformation, discovery, and more. Enlightened Recovery Solutions offers partial care programs for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, bringing together a harmonious balance of clinical, holistic, and 12-step philosophy. Call 833-801-5483 today for information.