Recovery can be a very difficult time, and having the right tools and support systems available can mean the difference between succeeding or falling back into your old ways. When you have substance abuse issues it is easy to think that no one understands, and that you are the only one who has ever been in this situation. Support groups are made up of your peers, others who share common problems or types of substance abuse. These meetings will help you understand that you are not alone, millions of people struggle with addition and abuse. Knowing this and meeting others who have the same troubles can help you avoid a relapse, and provide a system of support that is beneficial. Those who do not have any support are much more likely to relapse.
Peer groups are not the only thing that can help during your recovery period. Anger management may be helpful if you have difficulty dealing with anger issues, and nutritional counseling can help you plan a diet and menus that provide proper nutrition. This will help you recover physically and ensure that your body has everything needed for optimal health and physical fitness. A sponsor is another resource and tool that can be used frequently and may be highly effective. The sponsor is someone who has been in your shoes, received treatment, and has been sober and recovered for at least a few years. This gives you someone to talk to one on one, and you can call your sponsor anytime day or night when the cravings and the temptation start. Many recovered substance abusers credit their sponsors for getting them through the toughest times.