Relapse prevention is an important part of aftercare planning. Treatment is nothing without aftercare planning, so we deeply believe in it at Avalon Malibu. There are a variety of different relapse prevention methods out there, as some things work better for some individuals than others. With so many options, you can find what works best for you. Alumni support groups are a common part of relapse prevention. Let’s discuss what these groups are and some of the benefits they can provide.
Benefits of Alumni Support Groups
There are so many reasons that alumni support groups can benefit you and your recovery. Some of these include:
Solidarity and Understanding
Alumni support groups are an excellent way to meet other people who are going through similar struggles. Finding a community of people who are also in recovery can be very motivating, as they know where you’ve been and can listen and share tips and encouragement to help you make it through.
If you feel like the people in your life don’t understand your experiences in regard to recovery, an alumni support group might be the answer.
Another benefit of joining an alumni support group is that you won’t have to worry about being around substances. If your friends use substances, it may be difficult for you to socialize with them without being triggered. This is a problem that you won’t have to worry about when you’re socializing in an alumni support group.
Every alumni support group is different and will provide different benefits. Some people try out a few different groups to get an accurate idea of which one is the right choice for them and their mental health. You may find support groups geared toward people in a particular walk of life — like single parents — or who have a particular co-occurring disorder — like depression.
Joining Alumni Support Groups
Deciding whether or not to join an alumni support group is a very individual decision. At Avalon Malibu, we have an extensive alumni network that can support and encourage you during challenging moments. Talk to your treatment center today to find support groups.
Joining an alumni support group is an excellent way to meet others and have accountability. Consider learning more about this option and finding a local group that you can attend. Getting into a new support group can be overwhelming at times, but it’s a decision that’s worth it. If you are interested in joining an alumni support group but don’t know where to begin, start by giving Avalon Malibu a call at (844) 857-5992. We can share more with you about this type of group and help you decide if it’s the right fit for your situation.