No matter how hard we can work towards living a happier, healthier life, there will always be moments of trial and tribulation – because as human beings living in an imperfect world, that’s a constant occurrence. It waxes and wanes, but those moments of despair are what make us stronger in the long-run; unfortunately, many people fail to surround themselves with the proper support system that will help them see their way through these hard times, and that’s when a person can become even more susceptible to mental illness and other hardships.
The University of Minnesota explains that social support,
“…means having friends and other people, including family, to turn to in times of need or crisis to give you a broader focus and positive self-image. Social support enhances the quality of life and provides a buffer against adverse life events.”
In addiction recovery, social support can mean the difference between feeling isolated and feeling cared for, relapsing or pursuing abstinence, pursuing beneficial recovery activities or dwelling in misery. Social support can provide us with the resources we need to get out of a “slump” and into higher grounds; a 2017 study published in the Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education found that social support can help individuals remain in the “low severity” group when it comes to substance abuse outcomes.
12-Step programs often provide a safe, nurturing place for people to explore elements of spirituality and recovery while also developing strong connections with others. A 12-Step sponsor, for example, can be an incredibly strong form of social support for a person in recovery – and meeting others who’ve been on the road of addiction can also be helpful, especially when reminding oneself that they’re not alone.
If you’re ready to embark on a beautiful journey of healing and restoration, speak with a professional from Cumberland Heights today.
Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of two 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first. For more information, call 1-800-646-9998 today.