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Support Groups: Description and Benefits— Support Groups allow members to assist themselves without dependence on others. To further elaborate, a therapy support group is a process where individuals who share a common condition or interest assist themselves with the help of a trained professional. There are many support groups in the United States. Support groups assist individuals in dealing with their isolation, powerlessness and alienation.

Benefits of General Support Groups  

•*Peer Support.*  Support group members are empathetic and compassionate toward members given that they share a similar experience. Congregating together allows the group members to feel better because they realize that they are not alone, which provides them with a sense of universality.
•*Coping Strategies.* Support group members share valuable information and insights developed as a result of their own personal experiences to assist one another to deal with the challenges that they face.
•*Role Models.* Support group members function as positive role models to one another; modeling a proactive approach that empowers members.
•*Affordability.* Support groups are inexpensive and very affordable, which positions it as an attractive alternative to a high-cost and frequently time-limited professional service.
•*Education.* Support groups serve as an enriching forum that allows members to exchange information about members' joint concerns and to learn about other valuable resources available in the community.
•*Advocacy.* Through the process of support groups, members can advocate for each other and access resources that were previously unavailable.
•*Non-Stigmatizing.* Support groups avoid the stigma and negative connotations that are associated with seeking traditional, professional support.
•*Helper's Principle.*  Proponents of support groups perceive that being placed in a role of a helper increases the helper's self-worth and self-esteem. Being provided with the opportunity to assist another sentient human being allows one to feel they are worthwhile and making a contribution which brings meaning to people's lives.

A.C.T. is currently providing a Women's Support Group to assist in addressing the unique issues that are relevant to women. For more information, please contact Dr. Drecun at [Link Removed] 


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