Encouragement from family and friends is an invaluable asset to recovery, but nothing compares to the support given by peers who share your addiction struggle. That is especially true during the difficult days of early sobriety when talking with another recovering addict offers a reminder that you are not alone. Friendships can help you stay sober, too. Numerous studies show that feeling supported and accepted decreases relapse risk.
Professional recovery centers are good places to make sober friends. Most treatment programs include group therapy sessions in which participants learn to empathize with each other from a place of common experience. After an individual leaves rehab, peer support can be found by joining a 12-step group such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Several benefits of joining a support group include the following:
- Feeling less lonely, isolated, or judged
- Gaining a sense of empowerment
- Improving coping skills and sense of adjustment
- Reducing anxiety, distress, and depression by sharing negative feelings
- Gaining practical insights about treatment options
Peer connection also provides growth opportunities for reasons that include the following:
- Learning from other people’s experiences and mistakes is helpful
- Seeing other people succeed can help you maintain motivation
- Talking about a craving – instead of white-knuckling it – can bring relief
- Breaking isolation and joining a supportive community builds sobriety
Twelve-step sponsorship is an additional way to rally support. This free mentoring resource allows addicted individuals to partner in a private, one-on-one relationship with a group member with more sober time. Every sponsor is different, but most provide encouragement in ways that include the following:
- They share recovery tools
- They provide companionship
- They give an added layer of accountability
- They help a newcomer connect to service work and other people within the community
Any trusted person can fill the role of a sponsor. The point is to avoid flying solo at all times by reaching out to peers for help breaking free from alprazolam addiction.
Gender-Specific Peer Support
For some individuals, building peer relationships is easier within a gender-specific treatment facility. This is especially true for women, recovery professionals say. Benefits include the following:
- They allow women to concentrate on their needs and desires away from cultural concerns about social approval and the welfare of others
- They allow men and women to work through gender-specific problems that may be uncomfortable to discuss in a mixed group
- They facilitate more rapid trust building
- They minimize concerns about sexual harassment
At professional treatment centers, treatment specialists teach strategies for avoiding relapse by replacing alprazolam abuse with healthy relationships and life skills.
Help for Alprazolam Addiction
If you or a loved one suffers from alprazolam abuse, we can help. Admission coordinators are available at our toll free, 24-hour helpline to guide you to wellness and affordable solutions. Please call today. Take the first step toward a life of health and wholeness.