Peer support is a crucial factor in the journey of recovery, and not surprisingly, it is one of the main tenets of Alcoholics Anonymous. In peer support programs, professional people who have reached their own recovery from addiction and mental illness, receive formal training so they can help others on their journey to successful recovery.
Many people underrate the effect of Peer Support because they think of it as a side benefit to therapy treatment, but at Long Island Sunrise Detox, we have strong convictions that peer support is vital for long-term recovery, because it is also vital for everyone in general. Everyone at some point in life experiences loneliness but it is unhealthy to feel disconnected and alone. Peer support during addiction treatment and recovery is essential for the psychological aspects of short-term recovery, and is helpful with long-term personal growth and goals of addiction recovery. Treatment plans help guide individuals through the recovery process, but sudden stress can threaten recovery. It is during these moments of sudden stress that peer support steps in to maintain recovery.
Sunrise Detox of Long Island provides immediate treatment through our inpatient programs, followed by short and long terms solutions such as individual therapy, group therapy, and peer support. These applications all have a place in the overall process of recovery and offer the optimal chance for a happy and rewarding life.
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Benefits of Peer Support Services
The sharing of similar experiences with others opens up a new level of perspective. These interpersonal experiences create a meaningful understanding between peers, who otherwise may have felt disconnected.
Yes, there is hope! Sharing your experience with others who have been where you are, provides insights on managing and overcoming feelings of anxiety, cravings, boredom, and thoughts of using.
Joining a peer support group not only helps you, but it helps reinforce in others their commitment to create an improved, quality of life. Your life struggles, experiences, and personal views may be the key for one of your peers own success over addiction.
Talking to others who have experienced life with similar situations provides a learning experience. This is an opportunity to learn new techniques for managing anxiety, or cravings.