Recovery Group led by Ryan Elliott, MSW, Time and Date TBA
Recovery is the process of actively seeking mental, physical, emotional. and spiritual wellness in the context of negating harmful experiences from earlier in one's life.
By attending bi-monthly meetings, you will gain in many ways:
Learning occurs on many levels. It can be fast or slow, painful or fun. Learning by leaps and bounds involves exposure to basic knowledge about dysfunctional behavior. A group experience allows you to access the knowledge base of the leader, guest speakers, and of everyone in the group and inculcate the culture of recovery into your worldview.
You Will Discover New Possibilities and Grow Toward the Person You Know You Are!
1. Understand Recovery is possible 2. Know that Recovery skills can be learned 3. Learn skills are best taught by those who have integrated them into daily life 4. Listening to others and develop empathy 5. Helping others and feel love flow through you 6. Become part of a community and find support and accountability. 7. Practice New Behaviors first without negative consequences 8. Use proven ways to express emotions. 9. Raise your EQ and self Esteem. 10. Reduce Isolation, anxiety, depression, and shame. 11. Embracing your strengths and Nurturing your vulnerable self. 12. Emphasizing interpersonal relations in a group helps you resolve problems in relating to other people, problems from which you may have attempted to flee by means of addictions, codependent behaviors such as pleasing or controlling, denial or withdrawal.
In seeking wellness, we do not always follow the same path, but seeing the road map of otherâ€™s experience can help us choose our route and make sure we are headed in the right direction.
Being Part of a Community
Every community has distinguishing characteristics. For recovery groups the unique message is that we are not alone in experiencing the challenges of dealing with reality. Healthy groups empower individuals to tackle challenges that accompany childhood neglect or abuse, alcoholism or substance abuse, dysfunctional behavior by teaching recovery skills. They invite members to join with others who have entered the process of recovery.
Strong and rapid growth in any process requires feedback from others. In a safe environment, provided by a recovery group, feedback from others can help you to see yourself more objectively. Having this view can readily reinforce your strengths even when you are frustrated and discouraged. It can also help you develop a realistic picture of who you really are when you are fighting strong feelings or self sabotaging behavior.
Options Always Exist
Life can seem hopeless but the realization that it's not serious and the message of group members who see strengths and progress toward recovery provides an alternative to the message of depression, anxiety, fear, shame and guilt that screams lies about learned inadequacy and helplessness. Seeing your progress through the eyes of others who have walked in your shoes is an antidote to the message you may be hearing from society that emphasizes an illness you experience rather than recognizing your unique gifts and personality.
In a recovery group setting, the success of other members nurtures hope and faith. Watching others hit lows and resistance and then come back to stability and strength gives perspective about our own walk through conflicts. This give-and-take brings a better understanding about what living is all about.
Finding opportunities to help others may well be the most important benefit of being part of a recovery group. Helping others reinforces our own strengths and our progress toward wellness, and teaching others what we have learned causes us to reflect on our own progress.