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Being In Community With Other Addicts In Recovery Improves Sober Living

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By August 31, 2018

When you come back from Discovery Institute’s drug and alcohol rehab in NJ, you may miss the solid support structure that you found in addiction treatment. New Jersey life can sometimes feel busy and it is easy to allow yourself to forget how important it is to connect with others who have suffered the same sorts of chemical dependency and drug and alcohol addiction that you have. This is why so many substance abuse treatment programs encourage their patients to join a twelve step program. At a twelve step program you will find yourself in a community of others who are trying to do the same thing you are, succeed at sober living in New Jersey.

 

Discovery InstituteLearning How to Support Fellow Members

While you are getting to know your new friends in the program you can support them by listening compassionately and closely as they share. It is also supportive of your fellow members for you to take the plunge and share yourself. It can set everyone at ease and show that you’re interested in being an earnest and open member of the community.

As you build safe and trusting relationships with your community you’ll feel more comfortable being vulnerable and confiding in others. Being supportive of your fellow members will bring you more confidence in your choices and help you learn strategies to face challenges ahead. You can find a true sense of kinship with your group through a mutual trust and a knowledge of the safe space that your trust opens up. After some time, you may be interested in supporting other members in a more tangible way.

 

Become A Sponsor or Mentor

After you’ve spent some time constructing a life that feels healthy and succeeding at sober living in New Jersey, you might consider becoming a sponsor, or volunteering in some other capacity in a program for people addicted to drugs or alcohol who are newly seeking sobriety. If you do become a sponsor and find that helping other people like you, who are recovering from their devastating struggles with drug and alcohol substance abuse and addiction, is something that you both love and seem to be very good at, you may even consider a career change to working in some capacity at a drug or alcohol rehab in NJ.

There’s no one more qualified with empathy than someone who has found great success in their own sobriety, to help an addict through the treatment of another person struggling. There are many ways you can do this, some of which require further training. Working at a substance abuse treatment center can be a lot of work, but it is fulfilling and nothing could be more relevant to your own life experience.

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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