Support groups offer people the opportunity to appropriately release powerful emotions you may otherwise keep to yourself. It is an opportunity for you to share your feelings, fears, and concerns.
Sharing your honest feelings with a group of people with similar concerns can help you to feel more emotionally connected and less alone. It helps to know you’re not alone and to talk to others who have been through similar experiences.
Support groups offer the chance to draw on collective experiences. Others who have “been there” may share ideas about coping with similar situations that have not occurred to you. Brainstorming with others may inspire even more ideas.
Support groups can improve your mood and decrease anxiety and stress. Sharing experiences and making connections can make you feel better about life in general. Seeing others making progress in coping with their issues may give you hope and optimism about your own future. Also, your self-esteem will increase as you improve your coping abilities and as you get a sense of perspective that comes from facing difficult life challenges. Facing your challenges together as a group can make it easier to achieve personal growth through your struggles.
A support group is also a place to contribute, so that you might reach out to help others, and in so doing you might lift yourself up as well. Contributing is a good way to increase your sense of meaning and purpose in life, and to make use of all that you have learned on your journey through a difficult experience.
Texas Voices members currently facilitate monthly support groups in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Waco, and San Antonio. Groups are open to members of Texas Voices, registrants, and family members of registrants.
Texas Voices Support Groups are strictly for individuals 18 years of age and older.
Parolees and probationers are encouraged to obtain permission from supervising officers and/or treatment providers before attending.
Support Group Schedules.
Austin – 3rd – Thursday of each month, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Dallas – 3rd – Tuesday of each month, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Fort Worth – 3rd – Sunday of each month, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Houston – 3rd – Tuesday of each month, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
San Antonio – 1st – Monday of each month, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM