How to Find the Right Support Group

depression rehab therapyEstablishing a support system is a vital part of addiction recovery. Although there are a number of therapeutic options, support groups are among the most successful. Group therapy is a way for you to understand your addiction by understanding the addictions of others. Together, group members learn how to cope with life after recovery. If you have an addiction, you should consider seeking a support group of some form.

Before you commit to a specific type of support group, there are a number of basic ideas to consider.

Considerations for Joining a Support Group

Your individual needs will determine what form of support group you need, but before making your choice you should contemplate some of the following:

  • How severe your addiction is, and what additional treatment you need
  • What therapy setting you’re comfortable with
  • Cost of the therapy
  • Qualifications of the group leaders

With these things in mind, you can learn more about the types of support groups available for you. Each major type of support group has a specific set of benefits.

Types of Support Groups

Although the basic function of all support groups is the same, a few key differences exist between major options. Your addiction’s severity, available finances and desired depression treatment level all have bearing on which type of support group is right for you.

  • Inpatient support groups: Inpatient depression support is part of a more detailed treatment regime that may be right for you if you have a severe addiction. Inpatient treatment allows you to participate in extensive group counseling sessions that are conducted by trained therapists and physicians. You will also receive round-the-clock treatment outside of group sessions. This multifaceted approach is what makes inpatient support one of the most effective forms of support group treatment, however, it also makes it a more expensive option.
  • Outpatient support groups: Outpatient support groups are available both if you have completed an inpatient treatment program, and if you simply require a less intense form of addiction treatment. Outpatient support groups are led by trained professionals, encourage interaction with other members, and allow you to immediately apply your therapies at home.
  • Community support groups: Community support groups are strongly recommended for you if you’ve already completed another type of rehab program. Community support groups are usually free of charge. Normally, support groups like this are led by community members. Sometimes these leaders are former addicts themselves. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are two of the best-known support groups that exist in your community.

While each type of support group has notable benefits, it is up to you to determine what is right emotionally and financially for you.

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