Why Support Works

Most of us can trace an event in our past that shaped us, this event isn’t always happy or magical, it can often be painful and tragic. The saying goes, “Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but WORDS will never Hurt ME.” What utter rubbish, I can honestly say that I have never been hurt by anyone physically, but I can remember, on many occasions, where words made me cry, or caused me to consider if my life was worth living, or if I had the strength to carry on. Words hurt A LOT, but they also have the ability to heal. Everyday on www.supportgroups.com we see how words can transform people, the ability to share what you might not otherwise have shared, or the words of support you receive that in other situations felt trite, here, you know that these people are your tribe, that they UNDERSTAND where you are coming from, because they don’t just sympathize, but empathize.

“The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.”
-Marjorie Pay Hinckley

The aim for our site is a place where support can be found, anytime and for no charge. Why do this, I mean it is kind of a crazy idea, but we do this because we believe in the ability to make huge changes in life. Caveat, we believe that change is possible, but it is also REALLY, REALLY hard. Our sister sites, which enable us to do what we do, revolve around addiction. They help people and people who love those with addictions to find treatment facilities to help those who are ready, towards a path of sobriety. We believe fully in the validity and use of treatment facilities, therapy, counseling and medication, we also believe that these are all bandages, a tool, a strong and sticky tool, that if used wisely can be an amazing start on a long and windy path towards healing.

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.” -Elbert Hubbard

So if counseling, therapy, and/or treatment facilities are step one and two, then finding your support system is definitely step three. Even for non-peoplely people like myself, need a support system, my support system is small and pretty sarcastic, but they are mine, they are smart, mostly woman, varying ages, degrees, backgrounds, but when I am in crisis mode, they are there for me, with food, drinks, and most importantly, advice.

“There are all kinds of addicts, I guess. We all have pain. And we all look for ways to make the pain go away.”
-Sherman Alexie

I cannot tell you how good they make me feel, or maybe you already know the feeling because of the support system you have on our site. Knowing without a doubt that no matter how close to the edge you teatter, you have a safety net, a force field (for my Hunger Game Fans) that simply will not allow you to fall and hurt yourself.

Tips for creating your own Support Network:

Friends and Family
*Some people are lucky enough to have “normal” and loving family, if that is case, do let them know what you are going through and how they can be of support during this time.
*Friends can be amazing supporters OR your biggest tow rope slowly pulling you back to a lifestyle you are trying to leave, be wise and just as picky with your list as you would be with your Fantasy Football roster.
On www.supportgroups.com
*Support people on the site, it is much like how every Social Media site works, the more people you support, the more that will support you in return.
*It breaks our heart when people message us and want to be removed because they haven’t been supported, we wish that support was instantaneous on our site, but sometimes it takes time.
Religious Leaders
*I am not a religious person, but I am involved within a religious community, I think that religious leaders CAN be good people to include in your support network, often, because they are free and because they might have some very good insight into what you are going through. Also, their community ties are strong and can often help with resources and recommendations for professional counseling and therapy services.

“In all of your living, don't forget to live.” - Ricky Maye

Life is often tough, it feels endlessly hard at times, but our ability to meet its challenges are also surprising, we often can and will surprise ourselves with our strength and commitment to change. We are as always, grateful to be part of your journey.

All the best- Team SG

Resources:
https://depression.supportgroups.com/
https://self-esteem.supportgroups.com/
https://loneliness.supportgroups.com/

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