Group Therapy


Group Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Drug and alcohol addiction can lead to severe, sometimes life-threatening harm to your physical and emotional well-being. Getting addiction treatment is the best decision you can make to prevent devastating damage and lifelong complications. Accessing the right kind of treatment can help you overcome your addiction’s physical, behavioral, and emotional aspects and learn how to live a healthier, sober lifestyle.

Comprehensive addiction treatment generally includes individual behavioral therapy and group support. Group therapy can help people process emotions, learn and practice skills, and recognize patterns that prevent them from progressing in recovery.

Some people feel hesitant about group therapy because they do not understand what it entails– or even why it is important. Being open and vulnerable with a group of strangers can be uncomfortable, and many people struggle to understand this aspect of comprehensive treatment.

There are many significant benefits to group therapy in addiction treatment. Knowing the benefits of group therapy can help you prepare for your time and treatment, maximize your time and rehab, and build a foundation that will allow you to live the healthy, sober life you choose.

What are the Benefits of Group Therapy?

If you have seen any movies or read books about addiction recovery, you may have seen many portrayals of group therapy. Many of these portrayals are wildly inaccurate and intended to create drama and interest. however, these dramatic representations of group therapy can make people feel uneasy about participating in this part of addiction treatment.

But real-life group therapy sessions provide a supportive, safe place to share your experiences, learn valuable skills from others, and receive non-judgmental support. Group therapy sessions can help you build and maintain a community of people who have similar experiences and are all committed to working toward lifelong sobriety.

Here are some of the most important aspects of group therapy in addiction recovery.

Community

Addiction is a complex condition with roots in a person’s history, mental and physical health, genetics, and more. People with substance abuse and addiction often live with depression, shame, guilt, and other complex emotions.

Isolation is common among people with addiction because they may struggle to maintain healthy relationships and often prioritize substance use over anything else.

People with addiction may also have unhealthy relationships with people who also use drugs and alcohol. Part of embracing sobriety is leaving destructive relationships and patterns behind. This is essential but can leave people feeling lonely or isolated as they take the first steps toward addiction recovery.

Group therapy allows people to experience a community of like-minded people and to work together toward the ultimate goal of lifelong sobriety.

Observation

Many people with addiction have a narrow view of themselves and their behaviors. Participating in both individual and group therapy sessions can help you process feelings with your therapist and practice skills in real-time.

In a group therapy session, your therapist can watch you as you navigate social interactions, share experiences, and learn to relate with peers. This information can allow them to tailor your treatment program as you progress through recovery.

Improving communication

Communication is difficult for many people– even those who do not struggle with substance abuse and addiction. A lack of communication skills can prevent people from asking for what they need, maintaining healthy relationships, or working well as a team member in a family or at work.

Participating in group therapy during addiction recovery can help you improve your listening and processing skills. It can allow you to build empathy and both give and receive non-judgmental support.

Improving communication skills may lead to healthier relationships with others and more opportunities at work and in life in general.

Feedback

Healing from addiction requires taking responsibility for your actions, learning to forgive yourself, and developing the skills to manage challenges without sabotaging your recovery. Addiction is often deeply rooted in your past experiences, behaviors, patterns, and beliefs. One critical aspect of addiction recovery is understanding your needs and experiences more deeply.

You will receive feedback from peers and your therapist during group therapy sessions. This feedback can help you identify destructive behavior patterns and thinking that may be stalling your progress. You will develop the ability to examine the feedback you receive to discover what is true and what is inaccurate.

As the group reflects your behaviors, thoughts, and words back to you, you will begin to understand yourself and identify unmet needs that have contributed to your substance abuse.

Using Group Therapy in Addiction Recovery

Group therapy is one tool you can use to support your addiction recovery. When used alongside other evidence-based therapies, group therapy can help you get the most out of your time in rehab. In most cases, group therapy will be one aspect of a treatment plan that includes both evidence-based and holistic treatments, including:

  • Individual counseling
  • Aftercare planning
  • Medications
  • Mental health treatment
  • Skills practices
  • Relapse prevention education
  • Exercise, meditation, massage, nutrition support, and other holistic services

Your treatment plan will be developed to meet your unique needs and will be changed as you progress through recovery. It is crucial to remember that addiction is never cured, only managed. After completing a rehab program, you must develop and follow an aftercare program that includes group therapy, individual therapy, mental health care, and other activities that support your sobriety for life.

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Addiction recovery is about more than just detoxing and treating the causes of your addiction–it is also about learning how to establish a lifetime of sobriety. Our evidence-based addiction treatment program combines elements of holistic healing with behavioral therapy and psychotherapy to help you build a solid foundation for your recovery.

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