When you, or someone you love, enters substance abuse treatment, it’s typical to have both individual and group therapy. There are a number of benefits of group therapy that can help make the way to recovery easier. In addition, attending group therapy can also help you weather the inevitable bumps that recovery entails more easily.
What Is Group Therapy?
In generalized terms, group therapy refers to counseling that occurs in a group. The members are all facing similar issues in life, such as substance abuse disorders. Group therapy is moderated and facilitated by a trained therapist or counselor.
There are four general types of group therapy that are used when treating substance use disorders. These include:
This type of group therapy teaches its members the skills they need to help them break away from addiction.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
A group that focuses on cognitive behavioral therapy — often shortened simply to cognitive behavioral therapy — have a leader who is a trained therapist. During these group sessions, the therapist assists members in avoiding those negative thoughts that can make it easy to fall back into addiction. Instead, there is a focus on developing new actions and habits that you can use to help you continue your recovery.
In the third type of group therapy, the support of the other members is crucial in your recovery. The other members support the constructive changes that you make in an effort to fully recover. They often challenge those excuses that you might use in order to pick up your former habits of coping such as turning to drugs and/or alcohol. You also do your part to support the recovery of the other people in the group, too.
There are many people who are struggling with a substance use disorder who can tell you a staggering number of ways that they can use to get their next high. They might have innovative methods of using their substances of choice in order to satisfy their cravings.
What might not be as obvious to them is the devastating effects that drugs and alcohol can have on every aspect of their lives. From the way it can permanently change the way the brain works to the effects it has on the body, the information learned in a psychoeducational group can often be an eye-opening experience for participants.
Benefits Of Group Therapy
The benefits of group therapy are well understood. In fact, the inclusion of group therapy programs have been a hallmark of substance use disorder treatment for several decades because of the mounds of research that point to its benefits. The following are just a few benefits of group therapy that you’re likely to experience:
Struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol is often a lonely and isolating experience. You might feel as no one else understands what you’ve been through. In group therapy, you’ll soon learn that many of the participants’ stories and experiences mirror your own. This realization can be a relief.
A key element in recovering from a substance use disorder is learning to substitute other coping mechanisms and skills that initially lead to you turning to drugs or alcohol. Being able to experiment and practice these new behaviors in a controlled setting can help them feel more natural to you when it comes time to put them in action.
Even if you share a problem with another person in your group, it’s likely that you each see it from your own unique perspective. Being able to examine a problem in a new way can lead you to discover a solution that eluded you previously.
Santé Center for Healing offers a number of proven techniques that are designed to help you overcome substance use disorder. Our supportive group therapy is just one of these. Learn more about our approach by calling us at 866.238.3154 today.