When someone who suffers from alcohol or drug substance use disorder gets home from going to seek treatment at one of the many rehabs in NJ, the most important thing for them to understand, and for their families and friends to keep in mind is that they will still have work to do. In fact, because addiction is a chronic disease, they will never be able to cease treatment for their symptoms. If they do not consistently maintain their therapy and treatment for their addiction their symptoms will come out of remission and they very well may suffer from experiencing a relapse.

One way to continue recovery treatment after having come from addiction recovery programs at one of the top rated drug rehab centers in NJ, is to start to go to group therapy. The most common group therapy utilized at this time of active recovery are 12 step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. These meetings are an effective way to help the person suffering from addiction transition back into their previous lives in a sober and healthy way. The structure of the meetings fosters true and organic community and often leads the forming of lifelong support systems for those who have suffered from some of the same trials in life.  


Don’t Forget To Share

Discovery InstituteTo really take advantage of a 12 step program like NA or AA, a person must actually participate. It can be intimidating for people who are new to programs like these to want to share at first. That is a normal hesitation. Sometimes for the first few meetings sitting in the back, on the periphery, and staying quiet just listening to others tell their stories is what a person needs to feel like they can trust the group of people present and to have the courage to talk. But if that moment never comes when they speak and tell their stories and confide in those around them, then the program will not work for them. Sharing is the only way to fully take gain the benefits of a 12 step program.  


The thing to remember is that even if you feel shy, everyone is there for the same reason and it is likely true that they all feel somewhat hesitant, even those who have been doing this for years may feel trepidation at times when they prepare to tell their stories, or admit a failing, or ask for help. It can sometimes feel scary because a person may fear the judgement of the other people attending the meeting but all of the attendees there need the same kind of support. 12 step programs run very much on trust, especially because they are meant to be anonymous.

Solidarity is The Bulwark of Sobriety

When someone shares at a meeting they are showing solidarity with those around them. They are saying “I’m in it, I know you’ve been in it too.” They are saying “I’m succeeding, you can succeed too.” When someone listens to another person’s story they are doing the same. This kind of witnessing, this kind of acceptance is a firm foundation for the growth of a sober kind of living. It offers support but also encouragement and real friendship to a person going through a difficult transition and acceptance phase of their lives.


Discovery Institute offers group therapy and medical detox for those suffering from drug or alcohol dependence. Call to learn more.


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy 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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