How to Undergird Your Sobriety through Solidarity After Addiction Treatment 

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

It can sometimes be difficult to remember that treatment for drug or alcohol addiction is a tiered process. Even when someone admits to having an addiction to prescription or illicit drugs, or alcohol and then goes further to seek out treatment and successfully completes a Broward County drug rehab program When someone who suffers from alcohol or drug substance use disorder gets home from going to seek treatment at one of the many rehabs in NJ, the most important thing for them to understand, and for their families and friends to keep in mind is that they will still have work to do. In fact, because addiction is a chronic disease, they will never be able to cease treatment for their symptoms. If they do not consistently maintain their therapy and treatment for their addiction their symptoms will come out of remission and they very well may suffer from experiencing a relapse.


One way to assure continued recovery therapy treatment after coming back home from treatment for substance use disorder is to take advantage of a 12 step program such as AA, Alcoholics Anonymous or NA, Narcotics Anonymous. When the person recovering from addiction goes to treatment it is likely that these 12 step programs will be either encouraged, or available to them through their treatment facility. If that is not the case they will still likely attend some form of group therapy which should prepare them for the type of meetings available through the 12 step program. These sorts of group meetings help people feel less alone as they approach active recovery at home, outside the safe bubble of their rehab treatment facility that they attended.  This is an effective way to build community and a safe support group for meetings of accountability and solidarity, two aspects of relationship that are absolutely vital in the world of addiction recovery.


Sharing and Listening Fuel Your Sobriety

It can be scary to share at a meeting when a person first starts attending a 12 step meeting. It is perfectly fine to start time at a program like that feeling shy and a little quiet. But in order to really take advantage of what a program like this has to offer a person struggling with addiction must spend time sharing as well. Hopefully it is helpful for the addict to remember that even though the fear of judgement may seem impossible to hurdle, everyone is in that room for the same reason. Everyone is an addict at 12 step meetings, and almost everyone begins the process shy. Even more than that, most people still feel nervous when sharing, especially if they are talking about a time when they slipped up, or didn’t control themselves in a tough moment.

When someone listens to another addict’s story it can feel like acceptance, like love in spite of struggle. These are feelings that recovering addicts so desperately need in order to stay the sober course. 12 step programs can offer this type of community. But it can also start at 1st Step Behavioral Health through our detox and rehab programs. Call today to learn more.


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.