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Therapy and Support Meetings in Maximizing Recovery Outcomes

Research has found that individuals who participate in both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and support meetings are more likely to have long-term recovery outcomes. CBT is a form of psychotherapy that helps individuals identify negative thought patterns and behaviors and replace them with positive ones. By addressing both the cognitive and behavioral aspects of addiction, CBT can be an effective tool in helping individuals manage their addiction and maintain sobriety.

Support meetings can provide individuals with a sense of purpose and meaning in recovery. Many support meetings, such as those based on the 12-step model, incorporate spiritual or higher power beliefs that can help individuals develop a greater sense of self-awareness and motivation. However, it's important to recognize that everyone's recovery journey is unique and what works for one person may not work for another.

Some individuals may find the spiritual or higher power aspects of the 12-step model to be helpful in their recovery, while others may feel more comfortable with a secular or non-spiritual approach. That's why it's important to offer individuals a range of options and choices when it comes to support meetings and recovery models. This includes 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, but also secular models like SMART Recovery and LifeRing.

"Ultimately, the objective of support meetings is to provide individuals with a sense of community and social support, regardless of the model they choose," says Susan Wagenaar, founder of Colusa County Recovery. "Through these meetings, individuals can connect with others who understand their struggles and provide support and encouragement along the way."

"By addressing both the cognitive and behavioral aspects of addiction and providing individuals with a supportive community, individuals can have a better chance of achieving long-term recovery outcomes," reports Wagenaar, who herself overcame a substance use disorder in 2019 with the help of CBT and regular attendance at support meetings.

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