What are self-help groups?
Self-help groups, also called mutual aid groups or support groups, emerged in the United States in 1935. Since then self-help programmes have helped millions of people with addiction problems around the world to maintain their recovery. As part of these groups, recovering addicts share their day-to-day thoughts, fears and concerns about their addiction problems, and help each other to confront personal challenges with substance abuse.
Various research has been conducted on mutual aid groups since they started. It has been found that recovering addicts who rely on these groups are more likely to succeed in their long-term treatment. The first members of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) developed the self-help programmes for addiction recovery treatment in the mid 1930s. Since then, other communities around the world, including Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, or Al-Anon (for family members of addicts) have integrated the self-help method. The groups are usually led by addicts who have been in recovery for several years, who help guide new members to stay clean and sober.
What does self-help at Triora involve?
Self-help or mutual help is an important and necessary part of Triora’s treatment. In addition to the individualised professional help provided byTriora's expert teams, self-help groups complete the treatment and recovery process. Self-help groups are essential and necessary during both outpatient and residential treatment, as well as during follow-up. Unlike self-help groups such as AA or NA, Triora group therapies involve professional therapists who advise and guide the groups.
Therapists from Triora recovery clinics also accompany patients to weekly external self-help groups oustide the clinic.
What happens at external self-help groups like AA?
Once a patient has completed treatmnet with Triora, they are encouraged to join external self-help groups are available to recovering addicts all over the world. In these groups, it is the group members themselves who advise each other on a personal level, without professional help. Any recovering addict can attend the weekly meetings of groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Triora strongly recommends that patients continue to participate in the self-help group therapies as part of their long-term recovery.
Self-help groups help people who are determined to overcome their addiction, to continue to lead life free of substance abuse or other addictive behaviour. Not everyone finds it easy to stay clean and sober or to keep away from gaming or gambling. Self-help groups encourage people to share what they are going through and the challenges they face with others who voluntarily provide support to help others live a happy and fulfilling life free from addiction.