Building Your Support System
Many survivors feel that they have few people they can talk to or get
support from regarding their recovery. It is important not to try to recover in a vacuum. You do need help from like-minded and empathetic survivors and trained professionals. The ASCA program encourages combined use of professional therapy and self-help for optimum recovery; we do not share the anti-professional stance of some self-help programs. Learning to trust others and to turn to them for support is a crucial step in recovery. Doing so challenges one of the basic notions that arises from a history of abuse: namely, that people are dangerous.
Print the Indentifying Your Support Network and ASCA Colleagues sheets on pages 24 and 25 to help you with this process.