A support system is any individual or group of people that provides encouragement. Support systems are especially important in the journey of recovery.
Your support system can provide important emotional support, listening to your story and counseling you on the path to recovery. Support systems can help connect you to resources. In some cases they can also provide assistance with logistics such as housing, transportation or childcare.
The best way to identify these people is for you to think about the last time you needed advice or assistance with something. The people you want to turn to are a great place to start. Think about family members, friends, co-workers, professionals, and religious leaders may fit your definition of support.
It is natural to lean on different members of your support system for different things. For example, you may feel most comfortable talking to a coach if you're having a bad day, but if you need a healthy distraction you might call a friend.