Community Connection Hub

Community as Part of the Recovery Process

At Sana Lake Behavioral Wellness Center, we go above and beyond the standard detox and drug addiction treatment. We know that the recovery doesn’t stop once you complete your treatment.

This is why we offer a community connection hub for all our members, both past and present. Our community connection hub is a safe and welcoming environment where those who continue their journey to recovery can meet and support one another.

What is the Purpose of the Community Connection Hub?

The purpose of the community connection hub is to provide our members, both past and present, with a safe environment to continue their . We know that re-acclimating yourself into society after undergoing treatment can be difficult. Not only has your life been turned upside down, but the ways in which you go about your daily activities have changed.

There are also many aspects of your life that you can’t return to, especially those parts that involved drinking and using drugs. That’s why, at Sana Lake, we provide all our members with a place where they can meet and socialize with others who have gone through treatment and share new, similar interests and goals.

In addition, the community connection hub at Sana Lake will:

  • Provide a welcoming, safe, sober, entertaining, and supportive environment to empower recovery in our community and to destigmatize addiction, recovery, and mental health through advocacy, education, awareness, and modeling.
  • Facilitate connection to others in recovery and support all recovery.
  • Provide opportunities for members in recovery at all levels of care and beyond to be of service to others in recovery.
  • Compliment the Sana Lake Continuing Care Program.
  • Provide long term engagement in a supportive environment.

What Does the Community Connection Hub Have?

A sprawling 3,019 sq. ft. space at the Behavioral Wellness Center, the Community Connection Hub facility provides meeting spaces and recreational activities for all members past and present. Open daily from 6am to 11pm, the facility offers:

  • Community group meeting spaces for large and small groups for all forms of recovery.
  • Individual rooms for 1:1 meetings.
  • Casual lounge space with soft seating, coffee station, pool table, ping pong, Foosball, and more.

What Are the Benefits of a Community Connection Hub?

Community connections are one of the most important components of successful long-term recovery. It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out, or you’ve been in recovery for months or even years.

The support you get from others who are also in recovery, whether it be through meetings or other local community programs, is a core element in your overall recovery process.

These connections are particularly important where you find yourself in a situation where you might be tempted to use alcohol or drugs again. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of the community connection hub.

Interaction with Others

You can be told all day long how important it is to stay in recovery. Where that message is coming from is just as important as the message itself though. Your counselor or therapist can tell you until they are blue in the face how important staying on the path to recovery is but for some people, hearing that form a trusted friend or someone else that might also be in the program is more impactful.

In fact, most people are more likely to heed the advice of a friend or confidant over a paid professional. That’s not to say that they won’t listen to anything the therapist your counselor says either. It’s just our nature as humans to tend to take more stock in what people say who know us more on a personal level.

Being held accountable by others who are also going through the program just like you tends to hold a lot more weight. Chances are that person is either going through something similar to you or has in the past and can share their experiences and wisdom with you. You are more likely to value their input and take it to heart more than someone who has not shared similar experiences.

That’s why a recovery community is so important. It provides a safe place for healing and reflection without any sort of negative stigma or even shame that one might feel when talking about their problems with those outside the recovery community who might not truly understand what that person is going through.

This is not to say that everyone outside the recovery community points fingers either. However, the understanding that comes from someone who has first-hand experience with addiction is almost always greater than that of someone who has never personally been in the same position as you.

A Support System

Finding Support

Finding the right kind of support system is just as important as the support system itself. It can be difficult to find the right kind of support system, especially in the early stages of recovery when emotions might be running extremely high. Not everyone has family and friends that they can fall back on either during these difficult times, which can make the task of finding a support system feel even more daunting.

You might have had a close group of friends when you were using drugs or alcohol. But now you realize that the only thing you ever had in common with those people was the drugs and alcohol. Now, you can no longer turn to them for support.

Additionally, as a result of your addiction, you might have lost communication with immediate family members. As a result, it can be hard to find support without great limitations being placed on the type of support being offered. This is all the more reason why a solid support system is so important.

Your life has been turned upside down and you might feel incredibly vulnerable. This is when the change or relapse is at its highest. Having that support system to help get you through those difficult times is vital. If you wait until you are on the verge of relapse to create your support system, you might be too late.

That’s why it is so key to figure out your situation as far as a support system goes early. Do you have a family you can turn to? What about non-using friends? If the answer is no, consider turning to one of the following places or groups:

  • Your church or whatever religious group you may belong to
  • Your coworker, assuming you didn’t use drugs or alcohol while at work
  • Classmates or those at your school
  • Online support groups, such as AA or other 12-step programs
  • In-person support groups such as AA or NA

Friends and those with whom you build connections in recovery are more likely to provide the support you need than those that aren’t. The relationships you build and grow will ultimately help you remain in recovery long-term and reduce the chances of a relapse. Developing strong relationships in recovery will help you secure a foundation of healing that will remain in place even during difficult times when you may feel triggered, weak, or even alone.

Come Join Our Community Connection Hub!

At Sana Lake Behavioral Wellness Center, we know that the road to recovery doesn’t end when treatment is completed. That is why we are proud to provide somewhere for those that are continuing their road to recovery a safe and welcoming place to go. To learn more, contact us today.

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