Support Groups Can Make a Difference

The Bigger The Problems…The More Alone You Can Feel

When you are dealing with an adverse situation, you may feel like you are all alone – depending on your own strength and resources with nowhere else to turn.

It seems the bigger the problems, the more alone you feel. However, other people have dealt with the same situation, or at least, something similar before. They can help you get through it and give you the support you need while you are experiencing it.

It’s best to face your situation head-on. Don’t try to put off dealing with it, thinking that it will get better by itself. Some situations will get better by letting them go, but most won’t. You should confront it so that it doesn’t build up. You can also make a situation worse than it already is by not taking appropriate actions.

Find Someone to Talk To…Family, Friends or a Support Group

You should talk to family members and friends about your situation. You may be surprised by their understanding. You will even find some of them have dealt with the same situation. When that happens, they can point you in the direction of a support group who could offer help.

When you feel you cannot talk to family and friends, you should find a support group. These will have people who know what you are going through because they’ve dealt with the same (or a similar) situation before. It benefits you to call and talk with someone. They may want to meet with you in person to find out more about your circumstances and analyze how they can help. Again, don’t put this off because your emotions will build. Make an appointment as soon as possible.

When you find a group that is related to your situation, go to meetings regularly. In many cases, it is the process that helps you overcome adversity, not just the meetings themselves. The groups you find have gone through the process (and may still be going through it). If you try to rush the process, you may not get everything you need from the group.

Consider Contributing Funds to Help the Group

Many groups are free of charge. However, you should consider pitching in some money as there are costs involved with running these groups. The groups may ask you to contribute some money to help out, and often, this is voluntary. But, if the group is worthwhile, you want it to continue as a going concern. They need money for that to happen.

You get out of the group what you put into it, just like anything in life. If you go there and don’t get involved, you shouldn’t expect to get much help from the group. Become involved and ask a lot of questions – you’ll get many more benefits when you are intentional about your participation and you stay focused on getting the help you need.

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