Even after successfully completing therapy at an addiction recovery center, the journey to sobriety is still far from over. In fact, many individuals who have been sober for years indicate that they are still on the path to recovery, and that the journey never truly ends at all. One of the most advisable things to do after you have officially checked out of an addiction recovery or rehabilitation center is to locate a recovery group in your area that aligns with your particular needs. Even if you have only been away from the center from for a few days, it pays to have help in place even before you may need it. In picking a recovery group, it is important to consider several key factors. The first factor you will want to consider is the overall goal of the recovery group. Some groups, for instance, meet to celebrate successes (things like the number of years sober, or the anniversary of a milestone.) While these groups are no doubt a thrill to be a part of, it may not be wise to join a group keen on celebrating its successes when your own journey is still just beginning. On the contrary, other groups may be focused on the early stages of addiction recovery, and may not prove particularly useful to you at this point. Another factor you will want to consider is the group’s overall philosophy in regards to addiction. Many groups view addiction as a disease that individuals simply cannot control. While this belief may not immediately put you at odds with group members if you do not feel the same way, it is very likely that it will at some point down the road. Aligning yourself with a group that has the same concept of addiction is very important. Next think about it the makeup of the group. Believe it or not, certain people feel more comfortable being themselves around a certain race or gender. You may very well be one of those people, and only realize it once you find yourself in a group that isn’t for you! Finally, consider what you would like to get out of your involvement with a group. Some individuals turn to a support group purely for emotional support during rough times. Others primarily communicate with group members, and become fast friends with several. There are even some that find just one poveryerson from a support group to confide in regularly, and leave it at that. What you are looking to get out of the group will ultimately help you decide what group is right for you!