Post by Susan Peabody on Feb 1, 2009 12:30:20 GMT -8
Of course when looking for a group you need to take some time to find a good fit. Some people will benefit from a therapeutic approach and should look for a professionally facilitated support group. The therapist in such a setting will keep things on track and provide the kind of structure some people need to feel safe. Usually, these groups work best for people who just need a jumpstart and not a lifetime of support.
If you are looking for a spiritual solution, and think a long-term support network is beneficial, you will find 12-step programs very helpful. Twelve-step programs, like Alcoholics Anonymous, believe that there is a benevolent force in the universe that can do for you what you cannot do for yourself. Even within the category of 12-step programs, however, you need to look around until you find a group that feels right. You will know it when it happens. Sometime during the course of the meeting you will have a sense of homecoming.