Alcohol Addiction Support Groups

Published by Raffa Bari | Last updated: 27th January 2023

Alcohol Addiction Support Groups

Many can find living with alcohol addiction to be a very isolating experience. One that leaves them without a support network or people in their life that understand what they are going through.

Being alone is never a nice experience. If you are struggling with substance abuse due to frequent heavy drinking, then we want to help you. We want to offer you a safe environment free of judgment that will allow you to access alcohol addiction treatment.

Through our help, we will allow you to work to improve your mental health and to access medical advice and treatment to work through the physical effects of long term substance abuse.

We are Cassiobury Court, and we offer residential rehab services for those struggling with alcohol abuse and alcoholism. We have a number of different treatment programmes available to cater to you and your specific needs.

We can offer you a safe and welcoming environment that will help you see that you are not alone.

You will be able to be a part of group therapy and work with others who can really understand your experiences.

The first step is never easy, even if you know it’s the right thing to do. We can’t promise that once you are on the road to long term recovery, you won’t struggle. But we can promise you that there is help available you just have to be ready and willing to ask for it.


Group Therapy

One of the best ways you can aid your addiction recovery is through therapy. More often than not, substance abuse is a symptom of a deeper mental health issue that needs to be addressed.

Addiction can be brought on by past trauma, undiagnosed mental illness, or a genetic dopamine deficiency passed down through the family line. People try to self medicate through heavy drinking and can quickly find that they rely on alcohol abuse to live their idea of a normal life.

If you want to move forwards with your treatment program, you need to put your trust in the therapist and the others in your group.

In many ways, group therapy prepares you for the support groups you will have available to you once you leave the alcohol rehab centre.

Just like a support group, group therapy is a safe space where you can be honest about your experiences with alcohol and receive help and support, not judgement and shame. It will help you learn to rely on others. There are people you can turn to when you are having a bad day or experiencing a craving.

Group therapy is about teaching you to learn how to manage your addiction with healthy coping mechanisms. One is turning to others for their help.

What happens in group therapy depends on your specific needs. What will work for one person may prove detrimental to your recovery process.

Most commonly, you will follow the 12 step treatment program as it has proven very helpful in the past.

The 12 steps as outlined by alcoholics anonymous are:

  1. Admit you are powerless over alcohol and alcohol abuse
  2. Acknowledge that there is a greater power that can help you take back control
  3. Decide to turn your power over to God and be put in their care
  4. Take a personal and serious moral inventory of yourself
  5. Admit to any of your wrongdoings
  6. Be ready for God to remove these shortcomings
  7. Ask for God to remove these shortcomings
  8. Make a list of all personal harm done to others and prepare to make amends
  9. Make amends where you can but never put yourself or others at risk to do so.
  10. Continue with your self-reflection and be ready to admit to new wrongdoings when they happen.
  11. Meditate and pray to ask God to continue to help you
  12. Have a spiritual awakening that will empower you through your long-term recovery journey.

                      It is important to remember that it doesn’t matter what your religion or personal beliefs are. Many people choose to interpret Gods role in the steps as an acceptance that you need the assistance of some kind of higher power.

                      This higher power can be from any religion or set of beliefs, and it will help you the same way.

                      It is important to remember that therapy is not the only necessary step and that in order to deal with the physical effects of alcohol addiction, you will need to detox.


                      Support Groups

                      Along with the 12 step program, the SMART recovery system can also prove to be very beneficial for those struggling with alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

                      SMART Recovery stands for Self Management And Recovery Training.

                      SMART Recovery is a service that provides support groups across the country for those living with a drug or alcohol addiction.

                      There are also alcoholics anonymous and narcotics anonymous available as treatment options.

                      A support group is an excellent start to a recovery journey. It gives you a supportive environment that can enable you to reduce the amount you are drinking. This is a good option for those with an alcohol use disorder but not yet a full-blown addiction.

                      It can help them cut down on heavy drinking and reduce their alcohol consumption to a healthier amount.

                      However, suppose you have ever experienced withdrawal symptoms. In that case, it is recommended you use an alcohol rehab centre’s services to reduce your drinking as they have the facilities and training to help you work through them safely.

                      Support groups are also very helpful for when you have finished your treatment plan. They can continue to offer you support without the constant monitoring that comes with a rehab treatment option.

                      A support group will give you someone to work with who can be there for you during difficult times. They can congratulate your progress and help you to avoid any relapses.

                      Support groups can be your gateway to a better future. You just have to be willing to give them a chance to help you.

                      Raffa Bari

                      Raffa Bari - Author Last updated: 27th January 2023

                      CQC Registered Manager

                      Raffa manages the day to day caring services here at Cassiobury Court. Dedicated to the treatment and well being of our visitors she is an outstanding mental health coach registered with BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists). Raffa has outstanding experience in managing rehabs across the country and is vastly experienced at helping people recover from drug and alcohol addictions.