Why should I join a virtual community group?
1 February, 2021
If you've been asking yourself that question, this is the blog for you.
If you've been asking yourself 'why should I join a virtual community group with Recovery Connections?' then this is the blog for you.
There are many benefits to staying connected with the recovery community in this uncertain time. We understand that the current climate can make you feel vulnerable, alone, and possibly you feel like the tools that were working well pre-pandemic need to be adapted but you're not sure how.
That's why staying engaged is so important, engaged with services and also with your peers. So, why should you join a virtual community group? What can it offer you?
- Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
Chances are, there will be people in similar circumstances to you that feel exactly the same. Our community is a welcoming and non-judgemental place for you to connect with others and be supported. Groups like SMART and our open recovery meetings are facilitated in a format that is similar to what you're used to within the building so if you found those useful, you'd probably get a lot from our online groups too.
- Reducing feelings of distress, depression and anxiety
If you live alone, or even if you don't, connecting with your peers can lift your mood and might leave you feeling better equipped to handle the day. Groups like our virtual sing-a-long are great for releasing endorphins (the happy hormone) and feeling good doing something fun.
- Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
Sharing how you feel with others gives you a chance to connect and relate, taking power out of negative thoughts. This isn't just for those in recovery / working towards recovery - if you have a family member or loved one in addiction, our family support group could be beneficial for you to take some time out to attend.
- Improving skills to cope with challenges
We know you probably have a bank of skills you've honed over the years to help you in your recovery, and those skills might still be working or you might feel like they need to be adapted to suit the challenges of a changing environment. Coming together in an online community setting gives you a chance to share how you cope with your challenges, and maybe gain inspiration from how others do too.
Whether you've engaged with Recovery Connections before or not, we'd love for you to join one (or more) of our virtual community groups. View the full timetable here.
If you want to know more about any of our groups or receive some advice, get in touch.