Addiction can seem isolating—and the recovery process can sometimes feel lonely. There will be days where you feel like there’s nobody else in the world who really understands what you are going through. It’s important, on these days, to remember that you are not alone. You have people who love you and want to see you live a healthy, addiction-free life; moreover, there are other people whose recovery journeys have closely mirrored your own.
To keep these truths in the forefront of your mind, it’s important to enlist a support system. A support system can be something formal, like an addiction recovery support group; we really recommend participation in a support group, and can happily provide you with the connections you need for a support group in your area.
A support structure can also be as simple as a group of friends and family members—people you can talk to without fear of judgment. As you look to form your own support structure, here are some traits to look for:
- Seek people who will listen when you talk—no matter how painful the topic.
- Also find people who won’t feel like it is their role to “fix” you.
- Surround yourself with people who are positive and affirming.
- Try to remove all toxic or negative relationships from your life.
- Be especially wary of people whose influence causes you to be stressed out or frightened.
The bottom line: You need encouraging, caring people you can lean on during tough times and on hard days. On that note, we will remind you of the warm, caring, and supportive team you’ll find right here at JC Recovery. All of our team members are committed to offering personable, friendly care—providing you with the compassion you need for your own recovery process.Tell us about your support system! Share your story with us today.