At Vertava Health Texas, we offer a variety of recovery support groups. Each group has something unique to offer, from spiritual support to self-empowerment to scientific healing methods.
The availability of multiple support groups affords individuals at Vertava Health Texas a personalized approach to recovery. These groups address various beliefs as well as addiction to different substances.
Twelve-Step Support Groups At Vertava Health Texas
We offer several 12-step support groups at Vertava Health Texas. These groups have a facilitator but are structured as peer-to-peer rather than client-to-therapist.
The basic premise of a 12-step group is that the individual is powerless over their addiction. Because of this, they must turn to a power greater than themselves.
The 12 steps of recovery take people through the process of healing with the help of this higher power. The steps require a person to examine themselves, admit their wrongs, and make amends with others.
Group participants support each other through openness and discussion of their experiences with addiction. They share a common goal of abstinence from drugs, alcohol, and any mind-altering substance.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) provides a safe space for people who are addicted to alcohol or in recovery after alcohol abuse treatment to come together. It views addiction as a disease, not as a moral failing.
Though AA promotes the spiritual concept of turning to a higher power, it is not based on religion. Individuals can find this higher power within themselves, the group, or whatever “God” means to them.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a support group for individuals who suffer from drug addiction. All are welcome who desire to stop using drugs of any kind.
This group is similar to AA but is directed at people who abuse drugs—like heroin or prescription opioids—rather than alcohol.
NA operates on the belief that nothing a person has done in their past matters. Group members only examine the past as a way to find a better future.
Cocaine Anonymous (CA) also shares the basic premise of AA but is specifically for people who abuse cocaine.
Drugs have different effects on a person’s mind and body, as well as varying health consequences. This specialized 12-step group allows the discussion to be relevant to everyone whose life has been affected by cocaine addiction.
Celebrate Recovery is a Christian 12-step support group that focuses on building a relationship with Jesus Christ. It is “a place for the broken to come and face the pain in their lives.”
Members of this group accept Jesus as their higher power and believe that he has a plan for their lives. The goal is for recovering individuals to change themselves with their help.
In addition to the 12 steps, Celebrate Recovery follows eight biblical recovery principles.
Alternative Recovery Support Groups At Vertava Health Texas
While many people benefit from traditional 12-step groups, they are not for everyone. At Vertava Health Texas, we offer alternative recovery support groups that promote self-empowerment.
Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART) helps individuals find the power within themselves to change their lives. It uses scientifically proven methods.
SMART Recovery encourages individuals to learn from their past and pinpoint the causes of drug or alcohol use. Participants discover how substance abuse makes them feel better in the short-term but gets in the way of long-term happiness.
The four-point program of SMART Recovery addresses:
- Becoming and remaining motivated to change
- Coping with cravings and temptations to engage in substance abuse
- Dealing with thoughts, emotions, and behavior in a positive way without drugs or alcohol
- Developing a “balanced, positive, and healthy” lifestyle
To achieve these goals, group members must believe that they have power over addiction. They focus on accepting themselves and reducing their emotional distress. SMART Recovery teaches coping skills and activities that replace substance use.
Refuge Recovery groups are based on Buddhist principles. These groups support the idea that the individual has the power to overcome addiction and the suffering it causes.
Refuge Recovery groups believe in four truths:
- Addiction creates suffering.
- The cause of addiction is repetitive craving.
- Recovery is possible.
- The path to recovery is available.
By following the teachings of the Buddha, group members support each other on the path of awakening that leads to recovery.
Participants work together to teach their minds and hearts to view life differently. Instead of reacting with destructive behavior (substance abuse), they aim to respond with understanding. This frees them from the pattern of addiction.
For more information on recovery support groups at Vertava Health Texas, contact a treatment specialist today.