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As September unfolds, we proudly join the nation in commemorating National Recovery Month. This observance is a reminder of the remarkable journeys of individuals who have overcome addiction and a call to action for those still forging their path to recovery. At New England Medical Group, we firmly believe that one key to successful addiction recovery is the supportive embrace of a strong community. In addition to providing accountability and emotional support, a supportive community can also help foster a sense of belonging, significantly increasing the chances of long-term sobriety.
Isolation can be particularly dangerous for individuals in addiction recovery. Why? In addition to intensifying feelings of loneliness, despair, depression, and anxiety, isolation can lead individuals to return to their old habits. These feelings and actions can create an atmosphere for relapse.
Additionally, without the support and engagement of others, individuals may find themselves mired in negative thoughts and unable to cope with the challenges of recovery. Feeling this way can amplify feelings of hopelessness. Hopelessness can be a powerful trigger for relapse, as individuals may perceive their situation as insurmountable and succumb to the allure of substances to escape guilt, shame, and emotional pain. In contrast, a supportive community is a reminder that others have successfully navigated addiction recovery. Supportive communities also help individuals see that recovery is not only possible but also achievable.
Some of the specific ways communities, which can include family members, peers, neighbors, and friends, play in addiction recovery include:
At New England Medical Group, we are proud to play a part in building and supporting the recovery community in Massachusetts. Our addiction treatment programs prioritize a holistic approach that incorporates not only medical care but also the power of community. Some initiatives we offer include:
As we observe National Recovery Month, we invite you to reflect on the power of community in addiction recovery. The support and connection of a community can make a world of difference for individuals on their path to recovery. Together, we can break the chains of addiction, reduce stigma, and celebrate the strength and resilience of those who have overcome this challenging journey. Let us all continue to work towards a healthier and more supportive future for individuals affected by addiction in New England and beyond.