Outpatient treatment programs have proven their success time and time again, as those who have already been working towards their recovery journey can find great support there. Peer support services are often a centralized component and may include more than just group sessions, as the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) suggests – 12-Step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), give those in recovery a chance to continue connecting with others walking through a similar – yet completely different – path. Interactions through this type of environment can help individuals develop skills needed to strengthen connections in real life as well as their own recovery.
In 2016, researchers published a study in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment that highlights the strengths and weaknesses that a number of peer support services have provided those in recovery over the years. While not every outpatient program is perfect, there are specific strengths that can really make a difference, such as:
- Building motivation
- Skills training
- Goal-setting initiatives
- Coping strategies
- Being a self-advocate
- Encouraging sobriety
Addiction has been shown to affect a person’s mind, body and spirit and 12-Step programs in particular can help a person strengthen their spirituality by building a relationship with God or another Higher Power. For many, this type of connection gives them further grounding for a sense of purpose in life.
If you’re unsure what to expect from 12-Step programs, each one is different – but for many, the benefits are the same. One woman shared her story via Mint Arrow, a website that covers a variety of topics including fashion, beauty, lifestyle and more. She explained what 12-Step programs are like by stating,
“They’re held in strict confidentiality and are a safe place to be open about what you’re struggling with and a place where you’ll be inspired by other people who have found hope and healing from addiction.”
If you’re ready to begin your journey to recovery, speak with a professional from Cumberland Heights today. The time to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit is now.
Cumberland Heights in Nashville, Tennessee on Music Row is a 12-Step based alcohol & drug rehab program. Cumberland Heights’ Intensive Outpatient Program is designed for individuals 18 and above who may be in the early stages of dependency or are experiencing problems with alcohol or drug use. We offer personalized assessments and treatment plans, as well as convenient evening hours to accommodate your workday schedule. To get started on your recovery journey today, call us at 615-356-2700.