At Azure Acres, we understand that the time you spend at our center in Santa Rosa, CA, is just one part of your recovery journey.
Thus, in addition to helping you achieve the important short-term goal of gaining a solid foothold in early recovery, we will also work diligently to help you develop the skills and capabilities that will support long-term success. Our programming is designed to help you identify underlying issues, address co-occurring disorders, make lifestyle changes, and adopt more productive coping strategies.
But maintaining long-term recovery is not something that you can do entirely on your own. At Azure Acres, we recognize the great value of the recovery community, and we endeavor to ensure that all who heal with us are connected with both formal and informal sources of continued support.
During your time in treatment, you will be introduced to the principles and practices of the 12-Step recovery model, and you will have the opportunity to attend AA or NA meetings. Depending upon your needs and preferences, continued participation in the 12-Step program may be a fundamental component of your long-term recovery.
However, we are well aware that many of our alumni benefit from a host of other support groups and related services. Some support groups focus on addiction and recovery, while others address other concerns that can impact your continued health.
The following California-based support groups and organizations may fill a vital need in your life, or in the lives of your loved ones:
Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA)
CoDA is dedicated to helping men and women end patterns of self-defeating behaviors in the context of their relationships. Many but not all CoDA participants have struggled with addiction themselves or have been in a codependent relationship with a person whose life has been impacted by substance abuse. The sole prerequisite for participating in this support group is a desire to learn how to have healthier, more productive, and more loving relationships.
Families who have suffered the death of a child, grandchild, or sibling at any age may find invaluable support via Compassionate Friends. The trauma of this type of loss can cause profound distress within a family. Failing to address the pain of this loss can contribute to considerable dysfunction, including but by no means limited to struggles with substance abuse and addiction.
Adult Children of Alcoholics
This global support group is dedicated to helping individuals whose parents struggled with addiction. Though the term “alcoholics” is in the group’s name, it is open to all individuals who were raised in dysfunctional families. ACA is organized on the 12-Step model, but it is not affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous or other 12-Step groups.
Survivors of Suicide Loss
If you have lost a friend, family member, or other significant individual in your life due to suicide, SOSL can be a source of considerable solace and support. SOSL meetings are safe and supportive environments in which you can interact with and learn from others who have endured similar losses. SOSL members also participate in a variety of educational and awareness activities to ensure that individuals who are struggling with grief have access to the support that they need.
Chronic Pain Support Groups
Many individuals who struggle with addiction, especially those who are recovering from dependence upon prescription medications, are also dealing with chronic pain. If this describes your situation, you may benefit from participating in a support group that is dedicated to helping you manage chronic pain. The National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association lists a number of chronic pain support groups in California. Some of these groups may address addiction and chemical dependency, while others may be focused on other issues related to living a healthier life while managing chronic pain.
Addiction Support Groups in California
As you know, addiction can be an intensely personal experience. To ensure that you are in the best position to achieve long-term recovery, it is essential that you participate in the support groups that best meet your individual needs. Psychology Today has put together an extensive list of addiction-related support groups in California. Many of these groups are designed for a specific segment of the recovery community, while others are more general in scope.
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For more information about support groups in your area, or for additional details about Azure Acres’ ability to support your long-term recovery efforts, please contact us at your earliest convenience. A member of our team is available 24/7 to answer all of your questions and help you make the most informed decisions for yourself or a loved one.