Positive Peer Community In Addiction Treatment
A resident’s experience participating in a positive peer community:
“During my teenage and early adult years, I was part of the “wrong group”. Drugs and alcohol were the foundation of my friendships. Throughout my time using, there were many attempts by myself or different friends at finding recovery. Unfortunately, I would start spending my free time with my friends who used. Inevitably, I would relapse and often be using more than I was previously. I did not know or understand what it took to be a real friend. My idea of what a friend was someone who would use with you and keep it a secret. As a young adult drug addict, I struggled creating an identity for myself. I struggled with low self-esteem and just wanted to fit in with my peers. I imagined that drugs and alcohol would help me fit in better and be more accepted. It was a cycle I repeated several times. Despite my efforts to change my life, I always reverted back to my old places and friends. I did not know how to establish and maintain healthy relationships.
When I finally got help and entered a long term drug treatment center, I learned a different definition of friendship. A friend was someone who was supportive, encouraging, and trustworthy, held me accountable, and reliable. I felt at home with a group of my peers. We were guided by the staff on how to support each other. We learned what it was to be a team, how to love one another, and most importantly how to stay and grow in our sobriety together. I finally felt I was where I belonged. That was a feeling I had been missing for years. The positive peer culture of the program was and continues to be part of my recovery. I was taught how to re-create that same sense of community outside of rehab. My peer support network has been there to help me through many challenges that I have faced and overcome in my sobriety.”
Blueprints for Recovery staff understand the importance of creating a strong peer driven community. Young adults in treatment find it easier to relate and identify with their peers. Most young adults share common experiences, challenges, and feelings making it easier for them to share openly and honestly with their peers. This helps to create an environment where trust and safety are at the foundation. A positive peer culture and community allows for the residents to learn how to be of service and help their fellows. Helping others is one of the most important tools that alcoholics and addicts have to maintain their sobriety.
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