One of the most critical factors to both my recovery from alcohol addiction and my depression/anxiety recovery has been social connections. Having supportive family, friends, and spouse, and connecting with others going through the same issues has helped me break out of the vicious cycle of isolation and has given me the strength to keep recovering.
But what do you do if you don't have such a network already in place? Reach out and find one:
1. The internet, as you know, is full of resources; and support groups abound. Here are just a very few of those out there:
- Addiction Support Groups
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): www.aa.org
Narcotics Anonymous (NA): www.na.org
Gamblers Anonymous (GA): http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/ga/
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?section=Find_Support
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA):
2. Check out the resources in your community as well. Churches and hospitals have support groups for addiction and mental illness; primary care doctors have resources at their finger tips; and colleges and schools have support groups and resources available in their counseling centers. Just ask.
3. Drop me a note on Facebook, (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pink-Hi-Top-Adventures/411429458973219), leave a comment here, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to connect with you!
Whatever you do, don't allow yourself to stay isolated. Connections strengthen us and provide the framework upon which solid recovery is built.