Reciprocal Support Group (RSG)


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The Isolation of Addiction

As humans we are members of a social species. A defining characteristic of addiction is isolation which destroys the very essence of humanness. One of the first steps out of addiction, as well as, sustaining recovery across the lifespan, is connection with our social community. One way we  do this is through sharing our experience, strength and hope. 

If you are struggling to find or have lost that social connection we invite you to begin your journey to freedom with Cedars Reciprocal Support Group. Take this opportunity to help yourself through supporting others. 

  • The term RSG refers to the support derived from connection and stabilization effects found in therapeutic groups. More accurately, it is the ‘bidirectional support’ that individuals with a shared experience (e.g., recovering alcoholics /addicts) receive and provide as part of belonging to mutual aid groups or networks. Groups such as AA, NA, Church organizations, etc, are examples of such groups/networks.
  • Research shows that while receiving help as part of mutually supportive groups is generally helpful, but not always, those individuals providing assistance almost always benefit from the experience.
  • This form of ‘help from helping’ is grounded in the ‘Helper Therapy Principle’ (Riessman, 1965) which has a long history of proven use among mutually supportive groups. Within RSG  this form of helping is grounded in Positive Psychology. 
  • What are some of the benefits of helping as part of supportive group affiliation? 
    •  It serves as a definitive demonstration of our strengths while acknowledging our needs. 
    • Facilitates engagement in new roles in a safe environment. 
    • Research shows that individuals who help others reported an increased sense of competence, equality, and independence. They also felt more useful and valued by family and friends. 
    •  Provides an increased sense of well-being and more positive perception of the benefits the group provided.



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Week 1- RSG Introduction Week 7– Recovery Commitment
Week 2– Developing a Recovery Identity Week 8– Self-Control, Self-Regulation
Week 3– Change and Transition Week 9– Relapse Awareness 
Week 4– Eliminating Self-Centered Thinking Week 10– Denial 
Week 5– Developing Hope in Early Recovery Week 11– Five Rules of Recovery
Week 6– Guilt and Shame Week 12– The Authentic Self 

Time: Mondays 10:30am – Noon

Cedars Alumni Cost: $65 per session or $650 for all 12 (plus applicable taxes)

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