When a person thinks about inpatient drug treatment, he or she may expect the following:
- To focus exclusively on their recovery while free from the obligations of everyday life
- To have a safe and structured environment in which to receive treatment
- To receive medically supervised detox services designed to meet your specific needs
- To receive individual counseling that enables you to explore any underlying issues contributing to addiction
- To take advantage of nutritional meals and fitness programs designed to strengthen both mind and body
- To gain a fuller understanding of addiction, triggers and cravings
- To participate in alternative therapies and activities such as meditation, yoga, or tai chi
A person may not add mutual help to this list at first, but it is an important part of inpatient addiction recovery.
Mutual Help for Addiction Recovery
Any addiction treatment should include group counseling during which you are provided with support, camaraderie, and experience-based information and knowledge. In a group setting you can do the following:
- Learn how you are perceived by others
- Feel a sense of acceptance and belonging
- Discover that you are not alone
- Hear ideas from others that enhance your ability to stay in recovery
Knowing that a person has “walked a mile in your shoes” gives more credibility to the recovery process and the support being offered to you. Knowing that they have shared similar struggles and are finding similar new and healthy lives provides motivation to keep focused on your recovery. Knowing that they believe in your ability to succeed in recovery can help you find that success.
Benefits of Mutual Help and Inpatient Addiction Recovery
Your family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances who have not struggled with addiction do not understand what you are going through. They want to help, and they loved and support you, but they have not been where you are. Your peers in group counseling or at support group meetings have shared your frustration, fatigue, and confusion and know that these emotions and more can be overcome.
As you grow stronger in your recovery, you can be a giver of support. This has its own set of rewards. Knowing that you are helping someone achieve the same goal you are seeking empowers you and makes you feel that you are contributing to another person’s life. You can make a positive change in both your life and the life of another struggling individual.