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Making a Support Group Work for You

  • Make meetings a priority. Attend regularly and be on time. Be an active participant. Set positive goals and work toward them.

  • Keep your expectations realistic. Look for improvement, not miracles. Give as well as receive.

  • Keep the group in its place. It's possible you will make friends within the group, but don't depend on members and meetings for your social life.

  • Play by the rules. Avoid making criticisms or forcing advice onto the group. Listen more than you talk.

Online Medical Reviewer: Godsey, Cynthia M.S., M.S.N., APRN
Date Last Reviewed: 12/1/2003
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