Prosocial behavior is a crucial element to successful opioid-addiction recovery, but why? Well, on July 1st of this year, a study was published by the Department of Health & Human Services confirming that recovery from opioid addiction demands prosocial behavior. Here, we’ll explain why social interaction and general prosocial behavior so crucial to the recovery process.
Prosocial Behavior And Recovery
Primary to the recovery lifestyle is learning to live in diametric opposition to the addicted life. Since the opioid-addict is chronically insecure, judgmental, and socially isolated, recovery demands self-acceptance, changing antisocial behavior & thinking, & learning to sustain meaningful peer connections.
Group Therapy Benefits
Group therapy offers the perfect environment to learn and practice these prosocial skills by creating a place to both provide education around prosocial behavior and a place to practice and provide peer feedback to evolve prosocial skills. Similarly, peer support settings offer a space to both practice and to “put up a mirror,” learning from the mistakes of those you inherently relate with. This a huge reason why, for example, the pandemic has increased relapse and overdose rates considerably; people are more isolated, and there is a built-in justification to practice antisocial behavior.
Contact Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery
Opioid addiction is a difficult disease to recover come, but it’s necessary. As opioids continue to kill more & more American’s, CMAR is here to provide the tools and services, including prosocial behavioral development, to empower our patients to achieve and sustain their recovery from opioid-dependence, other addictions, and all co-occurring mental health. We are Colorado’s most comprehensive opioid-recovery program.