Addiction Treatment

Building a Healthy Support System in Recovery

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Building a healthy support system is key to building and maintaining a drug-free lifestyle in addiction recovery. According to the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, the addiction recovery process relies heavily on the quality of a person’s relationships and social network.

In effect, a healthy support system becomes a primary source of day-to-day support as you learn to manage drug cravings. Having other healthy, like-minded individuals to talk to or spend time with when drug cravings arise can prove invaluable over time.

Steps to Building a Support System

In order to develop a strong, healthy support system, you must take the following steps:

  • Work closely with your counselor to learn how to trust and how to recognize safe relationships.
  • Work closely with your friends and family in recovery.
  • Be ready to open up.
  • Don’t be afraid to take a leap of faith.
  • Attend a support group, group counseling and regular monthly meetings.
  • Attend family therapy or couples therapy.

Your support system will act as your day-to-day backbone in recovery. When you feel like you’re falling, a strong support system will help you stay on top. When you feel like you need someone to talk to, your support system is there for you. And when you’re feeling good about your recovery, a strong support system is there to help you celebrate responsibly and safely.

Consider Your Treatment Needs in Addiction Recovery

More than anything else, your individual treatment needs ultimately determine the best approach to take when dealing with drug cravings. While it is possible to manage drug cravings without formal treatment help, someone coming off a chronic or long-term addiction problem will likely require some form of ongoing treatment, whether it be psychotherapy sessions or outpatient treatment.

How Our Helpline Works

For those seeking addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one, the Addictions.com helpline is a private and convenient solution.

Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by American Addiction Centers (AAC).

We are standing by 24/7 to discuss your treatment options. Our representatives work solely for AAC and will discuss whether an AAC facility may be an option for you. Our helpline is offered at no cost to you and with no obligation to enter into treatment. Neither Addictions.com nor AAC receives any commission or other fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a visitor may ultimately choose.

For more information on AAC’s commitment to ethical marketing and treatment practices, or to learn more about how to select a treatment provider, visit our About AAC page. If you wish to explore additional treatment options or connect with a specific rehab center, you can browse top-rated listings or visit SAMHSA.