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The Importance of Good Support Systems in Sobriety

In many ways, recovery is an individual experience. Moving through recovery means becoming well-acquainted with your own thought processes and tendencies.

It is a time when you become highly attuned to why you are abusing drugs and alcohol, and a time to find ways to become the person you want to be.

Although much of recovery involves your own individual journey, the value of support systems cannot be underestimated. There are several reasons they are vital to recovery.

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The Importance of Good Support Systems in Sobriety

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  1. Cindy,

    How about the 48 million former substance abusers that have quit on their own (reported by William White) ? ? ?

    Guy Lamunyon
    Sedona, AZ

  2. Recent research into the efficacy of 12 Step Facilitation, which is an evidence based approach to addition treatment that seeks to encourage and facilitate involvement in 12 Step support groups or their alternatives e.g. Smart Recovery, SOS, Women for Sobriety etc. has found that going to meetings greatly increases one’s chances of being able to establish a stable and lasting recovery from Alcoholism and Drug Addiction. (Read “If you work it, It works! The Science Behind 12 Step Recovery by Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. for specific information on the research findings)

    In addition, Weight Watchers has found that those that attend their face to face meetings lose about 3 times as much weight as those who participate in their program on-line.

    The old AA adage that “meeting makers make it” seems both highly applicable and very true.

    Jim F. Clean & Sober Since Oct. 4th 1987



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