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Iceni Magazine | August 16, 2022

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The Importance of Long-Term Recovery

The Importance of Long-Term Recovery

When it comes to substance rehabilitation and ongoing sobriety, the benefits of long-term recovery go beyond the individual.

The recovery process is never linear. It’s more often cyclical, with some people moving back and forth between stages. Having the proper support system is crucial for long-term recovery, and getting help now will help you avoid relapse and causing further damage to yourself or your family. However, finding the right support is not always easy – it will take time, and you need to make sure that you have a support system.

How Does Long-Term Recovery Matter?

Long-term recovery is what all people suffering from an addiction face once they walk out of their detox and rehabilitation treatment programme. Having successfully completed a programme for addiction is just the first step of recovery. Ongoing recovery includes constant vigilance, discipline and setting-up a belief system which can guide you throughout your life.

Peer Support as Part of Ongoing Addiction Recovery

While many people rely on friends and family for support, others have found it helpful to engage in a peer-support network to keep themselves motivated. Social support has been shown to buffer the effects of stress and provide coping strategies. This is especially important in a challenging recovery situation where many factors can contribute to relapse. In addition to seeking out a support group, you can also seek out an outpatient counselling program to continue your addiction treatment. They will help with both physical and psychological triggers and stressful situations.

Another factor that may be beneficial for long-term recovery is participation in peer support groups. These groups can help you connect with others who are recovering from the same issues. Meeting a peer will not only provide you with the necessary emotional support, but you will also get the motivation and encouragement you need to stay sober. In addition, participating in a peer support group can be beneficial for your long-term recovery by inviting you into a community of like-minded people who are able to share your experience and advise you without being judgemental. While there isn’t much research about the relationship between peer support groups and the success of ongoing addiction treatment, they have been proven to be useful for promoting long-term recovery.

Participating in events and initiatives at a recovery community centre or sober cafes can provide you with the motivation to stay sober; you can connect with treatment providers and advisers who are also part of the meetings as speakers and counselling agents. While meeting peers who share the same addiction problems helps with motivation and finding the right path, a strong support network can provide you with lessons and motivation to overcome triggers and avoid relapse.

Sober Living Communities

A sober living community provides a safe and comfortable environment where people fighting addictions can continue with their transition from rehab into their ordinary everyday life including work schedules, studies or family matters.

The setting within a sober living community allows for those in recovery to live normally, happily and securely within a sober setting, where alcohol-free means worry-free.

The types of communities are different, and they can be meant for (this is not an extensive list):

  • LGBTQ+
  • Elderly
  • Young-adults
  • Families
  • Pregnant women and young mothers
  • Working professionals

Is My Long-Term Recovery Plan Working?

A plan for long-term recovery is something that you will be discussing with your therapists in the later days of your treatment, during the aftercare period and even once you’ve re-entered society as a sober individual and are no longer dependent on the continued support of your therapist.

You plan can focus on any of these items and more:

  • Support groups
  • Fellowship meetings
  • Stressors
  • Triggers
  • Dating life
  • Holidays
  • Career choices
  • Healthcare
  • Therapy

All of the abovementioned items can play a big part of your long-term recovery plan, but what do you do if it isn’t working? The answer is – revise and adapt. Revising the effects of your current plan and comparing them to the original scopes once every three or four months is crucial for a successful recovery.

Your plan must be sustainable and able to meet your needs, as well as those of your loved ones who depend on you for support. Keep working with your counsellors towards a working recovery plan and stay connected, because a strong support network makes for a long-lasting, healthy life without addiction.


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