Joining a recovery group after rehab is important for many reasons, especially when it comes to having support while learning to live life without drugs and alcohol. Sometimes the real world can be quite complicated and difficult. Even those who are not struggling with recovery or addiction can have an overwhelming daily life. When drugs or alcohol are involved, it's that much more hectic. That's why learning to live without substance abuse can be complicated without the right support group. For the best alcohol and drug rehab in Asheville NC, call Legacy Freedom.
Have you ever thought about starting your own recovery group? If not, you may want to reconsider. It's likely you met people in rehab and know people outside of a treatment that struggle with the daily life that comes with recovery. Relapse is always a possibility. If you're interested in starting your own recovery group, consider the following information. You'll be able to use the steps and tips to get started today.
In the beginning stages, it's important to plan recovery meetings and organize leaders, meeting times, and places. It's important that you not start this group without some help. It should be a joint effort between you and one or two others who also need a support group. Having one or two others to help get things planned and organized will also keep you from becoming overly stressed. Ask someone who's not directly involved in recovery or substance abuse to join the group, as well. Consider a pastor, social worker or other type of leader that can help with organizing, leading meetings and more.
Also be sure to decide whether or not your meetings will be open or closed. Will you be inviting any and everyone who would like to join? Or, would you close this meeting to members only? If you have an open meeting that means anyone can show up at any time as long as they know when and where to meet. A closed meeting would be by invitation only. If you need alcohol and drug rehab in Asheville NC, call Legacy Freedom.
Selecting group leaders will be the next step. Be sure to have two or three leaders. The pastor or social worker that helps you organize and plan can also help find good leaders.
Next, it's important to find a good place to hold meetings. A local church, community center, or having a progressive meeting place where each meeting is at a different place can all be options.
Once you begin planning and organizing, it's important to start gathering information on materials, the time and day of the meeting, the launch date, and who is going to be the contact person for the group. This person will be the one who answers questions and offers information to those who are interested in joining the group.
Having an official launch day comes once the meeting time and place have been selected. Most groups meet two to four times a month. Having a set time and day for each meeting is essential. The location of the meeting can change, but it's important to make sure everyone knows where the next meeting will be well in advance. The best alcohol and drug rehab in Asheville NC is at Legacy. Call us today.
What type of materials will be used during each meeting? Also, these things will either need to be purchased or printed from the Internet. If finances are involved, it's important to consider whether or not you will ask for monetary donations or have meeting dues to help cover the cost of anything that needs to be purchased. Be sure to appoint someone to gather materials and keep track of funds.
As you get closer to launching your recovery meeting venture, consider going through training. You might even find that you would like to become certified at some point to be a recovery coach. There are several programs you can go through. Do a little bit of research online to learn more.
After you have your materials and have gone through as much training as you feel like you need, it's time to practice. Gather leaders and go through a practice session once or twice before launching your meeting.
Advertising your group through social media is a great way to get people to join. If you are planning an open meeting, continue advertising as much as possible, even after your group has started. For closed groups, advertise until you have as many members as you would like to have. Then, cut advertising until you need more members or have to replace a few that have moved on.
The final stage in creating your very own recovery group is launching. This day will be exciting, and possibly a little frightening. You may find that you're nervous. However, the reason for this group is to have a constant support group surrounding you during your recovery. It's likely the other leaders feel the same as you do. Rely on each other to get through the beginning stage of your new recovery group. You will find that after the first meeting your nerves will calm down and you will look forward to your next meeting. Did you know that Legacy offers quality outpatient alcohol and drug rehab in Asheville? Call now to learn more.
After you have the first meeting, it's important to meet with leaders and talk about how everything went. Discuss any changes that might need to be made as well as updates or what you would like to see happen in the future. Constant feedback and communication with leaders is the best way to keep this group going. You'll also be able to improve the experiences for members, as well.
You might be wondering what to do if you only have two or three people that are interested in a recovery group. Don't worry, just a few people is a great start to a recovery group, especially for those who are looking to grow and have constant support. A big group would be great, but it's not necessary. In the beginning, start small. Then, grow as you get experience and feel more comfortable reaching out to others.
During our next blog post, we will talk more about recovery groups and how you can start your own. We will also offer tips on how to start and fund meetings so that others will be more likely to join. Believe it or not, there are tons of fun ways to get people excited to join your recovery group. Stay tuned.
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If you, or someone you know, are suffering from a substance abuse problem, it's time to get drug treatment. While it’s easy to believe that you are alone in this struggle, that is the farthest thing from the truth. There are numerous people dealing with addiction in the world, and right here in Asheville.