Finding the Right Drug Addiction Support Groups for You

Finding the Right Drug Addiction Support Groups for You

Finding the right drug addiction support group is a bit like finding the right pair of shoes. Not only will you want to try out a few different types of groups, but you may also want to try out other meeting locations within the same group type.  If you went to rehab, you were likely exposed to different drug addiction support groups either through their being described or your attending some meetings. Drug addiction support groups are an essential component of a relapse prevention plan.  At The Last House, we know the importance of finding and attending support groups, and we’re happy to help you find meetings. 

Different Kinds of Drug Addiction Support Groups

Drug addiction support groups are much different than being in treatment for a huge reason.  These groups are not run by licensed professionals but by the members themselves. In addition to other kinds of drug addiction support groups, there are often meetings tailored to different demographics, such as all-women meetings, LGBTQ meetings, or all-men meetings. Researchers have found that attendance and participation in drug addiction support groups increase success in recovery.  Whether you are new or established in recovery, support groups can play a vital role.

Twelve Steps Groups

Twelve-Step programs are perhaps the best known of the self-help groups. These programs include:

As the name suggests, these groups are based on recovery through the completion of twelve steps. AA was established in 1935 with the principles essentially remaining the same, with the only requirement for membership being a “desire to stop drinking.” 

AA and the other twelve-step programs that have grown from it are built on mutual aid, with alcoholics and addicts helping each other stay sober.  All twelve-step programs include reliance on a Higher Power, referred to as God in the literature, of your choosing. 

Refuge Recovery

Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-inspired support group offering recovery from all forms of addiction.  In addition to a book, there are Refuge Recovery meetings held in many locations worldwide. Refuge Recovery meetings include group meditation, sharing, and readings.  Group members practice meditation, personal inventory, mentorship, retreat, and service as part of the program. 

Smart Recovery

SMART Recovery,  or Self-Management And Recovery Training, approaches recovery in a much different way and does not use labels such as addict or alcoholic. The program also does not rely on religion or spirituality. SMART recovery focuses on a scientifically-based approach to behavioral change using their 4-point program. Once individuals become familiar with SMART and are free from addictive behaviors, they are encouraged to volunteer. 

Women for Sobriety

Women for Sobriety (WFS) is a recovery group focused only on women. WFS, with its “New Life” program, addresses the unique needs of women in recovery by highlighting the need to nurture feelings of self-value and self-worth. Meetings are held in many locations and online.  Literature from WFS is available online.  

Secular Organizations for Sobriety 

Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) is a recovery group focused on helping those staying sober from alcohol, drugs, or compulsive eating. Whereas twelve-step programs emphasize reliance on a Higher Power in sobriety, SOS recognizes the individual as the source of their sobriety.  SOS holds meetings around the world, and much of its literature is available online. 

Live Sober at The Last House

The Last House is a network of structured sober living homes in the heart of West Los Angeles. We believe in providing our clients with the tools to have a meaningful life and participate in their sobriety.  Activities such as service commitments, sober parties, conventions, dances, and house outings are all a part of helping you learn how to have fun in sobriety.  Comprising active members of the Los Angeles Sober Living community, our staff is familiar with many recovery support groups in the area.  If you’re wondering how to create your sober life, The Last House is here to help! 

What to Do After You Leave Drug Rehab

What to Do After You Leave Drug Rehab

Once you’ve admitted you have a problem, go to rehab, and get sober, you may be wondering what to do after drug rehab. It’s a bit like graduating from school and finding yourself not knowing what the next step should be. In rehab, you’ve likely learned that you need to change your life and your surroundings.  But how does that work?  We know how overwhelming it can seem to change everything.  That’s why The Last House is here. We want to help you as you start to create your sober life. 

What to Do After Drug Rehab

It is critical to realize that there is no magic action that will keep you sober after rehab. Instead, it is the collective results of many different steps.  Much like rehab has various components, so does recovery and sobriety.  It may take you some time to find the right mix of actions that work for you, and that’s not only okay, but it’s also expected.  You are building a new life, and you will not have all of the answers. That said, there are some things that you can do that will help set you up for success while you are figuring it all out, including:

  • Making choices that support physical and emotional well-being
  • Having a stable and safe place to live
  • Engaging in meaningful daily activities
  • Building supportive relationships and social networks

One of the first things you can do after drug rehab is to find a sober living house.  Early recovery can be challenging. A sober living house can provide you with structure and stability to support your recovery.  At the same time, living in a sober house can also enable you to meet others in recovery and begin to form a support network. Many sober homes will host different activities to help you discover how to have fun in recovery.  Many who have found themselves in active addiction have stopped participating in any activities except getting and using the drug of choice.

While it’s essential to learn how to have fun in recovery, it’s also important to begin to take on responsibilities again.  A great place to start is by getting a job and learning how to support ourselves financially.  Depending on the job, you might find a sense of purpose within the work and a sense of accomplishment.  You will also begin to make friends at work and have a social support network that is not built around drugs and alcohol.

Balancing It All    

You might be wondering how you’re going to stay sober with a life filled with work and fun.  Where does recovery fit? Well, in addition to living at a sober house, you can also participate in recovery meetings.  Most, if not all, twelve-step programs have in-person and online meetings that you can attend.  There are also other recovery groups such as SMART Recovery, Refuge Recovery, and a wide variety of online communities that can support your sober life.  And, the good news is that you don’t have to pick just one.  You can experiment with attending different groups and different meetings within the same group until you find the ones that work best for you. 

Reach Out to Us Today at the Last House 

The Last House Sober Living is a network of sober living homes in the heart of West Los Angeles. We believe in providing our clients with the tools to have a meaningful life and participate in their own sobriety.  Activities such as service commitments, sober parties, conventions, dances, and house outings are all a part of helping you learn how to have fun in sobriety.  If you’re wondering where to start to create your sober life, The Last House is here to help!