The road to long-term sobriety can be a difficult one, and peer recovery groups are a valuable tool for recovering addicts, providing them with the motivation and support they need, from individuals who have had similar experiences with addiction. Recent research, in fact, has validated the benefits of peer recovery groups in substance abuse treatment, indicating that peer support can be instrumental in helping alcoholics or drug addicts achieve and maintain lasting recovery. If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse disorder, contact the addiction recovery experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at (877) 735-2044, to get the help you need.
Peer Support in Addiction Recovery
In one study published in September 2016, researchers examined the increasing trend of peer support in addiction recovery, and found that the human connections recovering addicts develop in peer recovery programs are an important part of the recovery process, providing an extra boost of confidence to recovering addicts surrounded by individuals who accept their weaknesses, celebrate their strengths, and hold them accountable for their behaviors. “I’ve had a long-standing interest, both because I see the benefits that [peer recovery] offers to the recipients of the peer supportive treatment, but also the peers delivering the treatment,” says study author Kathleen Tracy, director of New York University School of Medicine’s community research and recovery program. “It’s a win-win situation.”
Peer Recovery Among Business Execs
Among business executives recovering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, peer recovery groups create a “circle of trust” of sorts, providing an opportunity for execs to support one another and acknowledge that, while their experiences may be similar, they are also different. And while therapy led by professionals, such as those on staff at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, is imperative in helping addicts develop the tools they need to stay sober post-treatment, peer recovery groups offer an added element that can help addicts identify with one another and create a sense of social support within the recovery community. Take advice from our own CEO and founder of BRS, Per Wickstrom, “We don’t tell you what you have to do to achieve peace and sobriety. We show you, so that you have the power to make changes for yourself.”
Benefits of Peer Recovery Groups
Learning to take responsibility for your actions is an important part of the recovery process, and peer recovery groups automatically require a certain amount of accountability on the part of the addict. Recovering addicts who have participated in peer recovery groups find these groups a vital source of support, one that can help them through the recovery process and prevent relapse. For business executives who face an incredible amount of pressure and job-related stress in the outside world, peer recovery groups provide a haven where they can admit their weaknesses and express their insecurities, without sacrificing their image or reputation in the workplace.
Unfortunately, there is limited research available that explores how social support groups function and what makes them so effective in addiction recovery, and according to Daniel Frings, a social psychologist based in London, a better understanding of the benefits of the support provided by peer recovery groups can lead to improved options for recovering addicts, including “understanding under what conditions people do well in groups, how group identity changes behavior in ways we are sometimes not aware of, and how the group dynamics affect change.”
Contact the Experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services for Help
Business executives are typically seen as powerful, successful individuals, but for addicted execs, this image is simply a façade, one they keep up at work and at home to make everyone believe they have it all together when in reality, they are in trouble. Unfortunately, addiction is a growing problem among business executives in the United States, and too often, execs refuse to get the help they need, continuing to abuse drugs or drink excessively to try to keep up with the image they have so carefully crafted. If you know someone at work which is suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at (877) 735-2044, to find out how you can help.