Typically, after an inpatient stay, we’re able to somewhat resume our normal day to day life with some adjustments. Making these changes without a support network can spark feelings of fear, anxiety, and isolation. That’s why it is essential to find and maintain a community of like-minded individuals that can help you work though any negative emotions that may jeopardize your recovery. These days, getting plugged into a 12-Step fellowship or support group is easier than ever and only a click away.
You Are Not Alone
If you’re new in recovery, finding a network of likeminded individuals is paramount. For those who have significant time in recovery, remember that long-term sobriety doesn’t mean that we’re immune to the disease of addiction – we will always need the support of others. Many of us have experienced job loss, personal loss, or feelings of wanting to pick up a drink or a drug as we brave navigate everyday life, but the important thing is that we don’t have to face this journey alone. Our advice? Find plenty of support wherever you can!
Seek Additional Professional Help
Even after completing an inpatient treatment program, it’s likely you will still come to face triggers, stressors, and life events that will test your sobriety. Choosing to continue your care after inpatient treatment and entering a PHP or IOP program is a great way to transition back to everyday life and manage these stressors. You may also want to continue your care by meeting with a counselor or therapist regularly as they can also support your transition and help you focus on internal issues and positive growth.
These days, virtual integration has become commonplace. Many clinical providers and treatment centers such as Recovery Centers of America are offering telehealth services. The benefit to engaging in telehealth? It’s convenient! With telehealth, your therapist or counselor is able to meet you right where you are, and often times they are able to provide patients with more flexible scheduling options.
Join a Virtual Recovery Community
Between all our day-to-day responsibilities such as work, family, and school, finding an in-person meetings that fit into our routines can be a challenge. Rest assured, each day, there are thousands of 12-step meetings and support groups live online all over the world. Getting to a meeting to find support that flexes around your schedule is now easier than ever!
We like to think of the Alumni Association at Recovery Centers of America as one more tool to add to your recovery toolbox, so it has become our priority to offer our alumni, friends, and family a plethora of virtual support meetings to choose from 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Attending a meeting through the Alumni Association not only offers you the flexibility to get to a meeting when you need one, but it affords you the opportunity to keep in touch with those you bonded with throughout treatment. From Women’s meetings to Daily Big Book meetings, to faith based services, our goal is for you to find meetings that meet your needs and access a support network of likeminded individuals no matter where you are.
For a list of all other RCA virtual support meetings, check out our meeting list and be sure to follow us on our Alumni Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you soon! If you or anyone you know is struggling with substance use disorder, contact us at 1-800-RECOVERY. Our mission center is awaiting your call 24/7.