How To Get Sober and Different Routes To Recovery
There is much to be said about how to get sober and the different routes to recovery. Everyone person issues within their addiction and underlying issues can be a little different, and therefore there are many different ways to get sober. There are many different communities and groups aimed at helping people find meaningful and successful recovery. The route to recovery is different for everyone. Many people find success in the larger community groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, but these are not the only way to get sober. You can read more about alternatives to twelve-step programs in our post Alternatives to AA and Twelve-Step Programs. How people get sober can come in many forms including :
-12 Step Programs (Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous),
-A community with common interests to you
Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous
Twelve Step programs such as Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous are probably the most popular and arguably the most successful way to get sober. There are hundreds of meetings weekly in each county across the United States, as well as meetings all over the world in almost every country. The twelve steps are in a way, a form of therapy to be done with a sponsor. The goal of the twelve steps is to assist you in accepting that you are an addict, look that the destructive behaviors and patterns that feed your addiction, clear the wreckage of your past, and to help others. 12 step programs offer a community of millions of people that meet daily and that is most likely why it has become so successful.
SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) is a meeting based community with a science based 4-point program. SMART Recovery teaches common-sense self help techniques to teach self-management of destructive behaviors over a period of time. For many people the idea of learning how to manage ones own behaviors is very palatable. There is no requirement of believing in a god or higher power in SMART Recovery.
The four steps of SMART Recovery are:
– Enhancing Motivation
– Refusing to act on urges to use
– Managing lifes problems in a sensible and effective way without using
– Developing a positive, balanced, and healthy lifestyle
Life Ring is a another program that many people new to recovery find helpful. Some people solely attend Life Ring as their recovery program and others use it as a supplement with other programs. Life Ring lets you create and decide a program that cultivates the best recovery for you and provides a peer to peer form of therapy in meetings. Life Ring tries to support the sober-self and weaken the addict-self through community based planning and support. Life Ring provides meetings in person, as well as online.
Individual and group therapy are often recommended and extremely helpful for the newly sober addict or alcoholic. We can often be very confused about or emotions, and unsure of what is happening with us. Seeking professional help individually or in group format can be a great asset in your recovery. Just as all the programs mentioned above, therapy also provides a sense of community and being a part of something, which is critical to a successful recovery.
For many of us (as was the case for me), we are in such bad condition when we first try to get clean, that participating in any of the programs mentioned above simply isn’t an option until we go through medically supervised inpatient or outpatient treatment. Finding a safe and trusted treatment center can be one of the most important steps in starting your road to recovery. Vitality Group has several trusted drug treatment facilities that can provide a safe medical detox and a sense of community continued with successful aftercare and outpatient programs. Overall, there are many different ways to get sober, and I believe the common thread through most of these routes to recovery is a sense of community and being a part of, as well as providing a safe and sober place to talk to others.