Our program provides many options for optimal success.
When a family member or friend is addicted to alcohol or drugs, the people around them often do not understand how or why it happened. They often think the person is using drugs or alcohol lack willpower, moral values, and they can just choose to stop using. These beliefs and judgments lead to the individual with an addiction to isolate from their family and friends due to feelings of guilt and shame.
The reality is that addiction is a complicated disease and recovery usually takes more than as strong will and good intentions. Recovery is a process that can require a variety of interventions and a wide net of support for success. Treatment for addiction includes individual therapy to allow the person to explore their own deep personal issues. Other problems can benefit more from a group setting. The combination of individual and group therapy together works to help address many issues in a short period of time. This allows for the most growth for the person on their road to recovery.
Benefits of Group and Peer Therapy
Group therapy is also a form of peer therapy because as the group works together, not all the feedback and ideas come from the group leader. As group part of group therapy, the individuals begin to form a small community of people that share in a common goal and have similar life experiences. These elements are an important part of the group therapy and recovery process. Benefits are:
- The individual quickly realizes they are not alone because others share in the same experiences, struggles, and barriers to sobriety.
- Group members are able to see others reach their goals, which can inspire and motivate them by knowing they can do the same.
- The common goal of recovery allows members to share and brainstorm ideas of ways to manage their recovery.
- Together, the group members learn to practice empathy, which is the ability to see life from someone else’s point of view or perspective. Empathy is an important aspect of leaning to cope in life and the ability to listen to other’s point of view.
- Group therapy is a safe place to practice modeling different behaviors and receive constructive feedback from peers.
- The peer aspect of therapy encourages the use of social skills as members learn how to interact sober.
Types of Group Therapy
There are different group therapy approaches that are useful for recovery. Each type has a different focus, and together they create powerful tools for success.
- Support Groups – provide members the emotional support needed.
- Psychoeducational Groups – are designed as a safe place for members to learn about substance addiction and mental health concerns.
- Skill Development Groups – help members learn the skills necessary to cope, communicate, and relate to others in a healthy way.
- Cognitive-Behavioral Groups – focus on identifying and addressing problems and ways to develop practical solutions.
Group therapies are an important aspect of rehabilitation programs because they work. Using a combination of group approaches helps individuals learn about their addiction, ways to manage sobriety, behavior, relationships, and address mental health issues in a safe and supported setting.
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