Many people can attest to the fact that old habits die hard. It can be very hard to break an addiction. Even if the addiction is detrimental to one’s health, many people die trying to beat their bad habits and addictions. Because of this, it is such an amazing thing when people willingly go into rehabilitation in order to recover and start over. While this step is a major and transformative step to take, support is extremely helpful. There are three benefits of having support during your rehab recovery.
It means a lot when you know someone believes in you. After trying and failing to break an addiction, it is easy to lose faith and belief in yourself. No matter what challenges a person faces, putting ‘mind over matter’ is the key to finding success. When a person’s mind is warped with the belief that they’re unable to achieve a goal, that belief will become a reality. Until a person can believe in himself, it is very helpful to have people who are supportive and believe in them.
In order to meet a major goal, it is wise to have a group of people around you to keep you accountable. As humans, we naturally want to do the right thing when we know we’re being watched. If you’re in a position where someone is watching you, you’re less likely to do that act that can bring you down the wrong path. After rehab, it is crucial to have people around you that support the lifestyle you want to live. Birds of a feather flock together. Studies have shown that when people have overweight friends, they are more likely to become overweight as well. Even if the best friends are in another state, the effect is still the same. You are who you hang out with. Keep positive friendships and mentors in your circle. When this happens, it won’t be long till the day you’re looking back at 20 years without a relapse.
We all need friendships and people in our lives to make us feel loved. Many times, couples marry for love, but another reason involves companionship. Most people don’t like the idea of being alone all the time. The thought of growing old alone scares many people. One of the natural emotions that many people deal with is loneliness. Loneliness can have a harmful effect on people’s emotions, decisions and realities. Loneliness can truthfully lead to a downward spiral. In order to avoid going in the wrong direction, it is helpful to have a support system for companionship. Even if it just involves a friend coming to sit on the couch and watch tv for an afternoon or running errands with a family friend; having someone around can make a really huge difference for a person wanting to experience full rehab recovery.