Mentors in Addiction Recovery
March 29, 2008
Finding a mentor can be a very beneficial part of a drug and alcohol treatment plan. People have known this for a long time. Alcoholics Anonymous calls them sponsors. Having one person that you can go to at any time of day or night in a crisis situation is important.
Mentors can be helpful in many areas of life. Don’t overlook this important resource of help for being successful in addiction treatment. You can never have too many people supporting you.One of the most important qualities a mentor should have is being someone that you trust. The relationship will really be ineffective if you don’t believe they’re being honest with you or you think they are trying to lead you down the wrong path. You will need to be able to speak openly with this person about your drug and alcohol addiction and the psychological issues surrounding it. They can help you work through your fears and recognize problems. A mentor should be someone who has had similar experiences before and been successful in dealing with them. They will be able to provide you with feedback, support, and guidance, and call you out on unhealthy thoughts and actions.
Finding a mentor in addiction treatment may be easier than you think. Many recovering addicts are eager for the opportunity to give back by helping someone else who is not as far along on their journey. Support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous are one place that you can begin looking. There may be someone available at a drug rehab facility or through the aftercare services provided by one. If you already know of someone in your personal life who has been through a similar situation with drug addiction or alcoholism and is now in a stable place, you can ask them for help.