You should try to surround yourself with people who can encourage you to stay sober. Many people find that support groups are the best source of encouragement, and finding a support group is not that difficult. You can find hundreds of support groups and meetings in your community. Here are a few tips:
- Speak with your doctor, counselor or other healthcare provider.
- Search the online directories for a list of local support groups and activities
- Speak with local or national groups (see a few below) who are devoted to helping people get past addictions and staying sober.
Once you find a support group, you don't have to feel tied to it. If that group doesn't seem to meet your particular needs, it is okay to look for another group. Sometimes, it takes a few attempts before you find a group that feels right.
Global, community-based organization with a multilingual and multicultural membership.
NA was founded in 1953, and members hold nearly 67,000 meetings weekly in 139 countries today. NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. They are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop using. There are no initiation fees or dues, no pledges to sign, no promises to make to anyone. Anyone may join regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion, or lack of religion.
A voluntary program concerned with helping alcoholics with recovery and continued sobriety.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. The Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): 12-step recovery program is a free treatment program for people suffering from alcohol abuse and addiction. AA program participants follow a set of recovery steps to achieve and maintain abstinence from alcohol. Many people use a sponsor to help them through the process.