Group therapy is one of the numerous addiction recovery therapies used as part of an integrated treatment. Group sessions are mostly offered by inpatient or residential treatment facilities.
In group therapy, a psychologist usually leads the session, encouraging individuals to talk about their experiences with addiction. Each individual works together with others to set recovery goals together.
It can be intimidating in the start; talking about one’s own problems. However, it’s also encouraging to see many others on the path to recovery. After this initial discomfort, come several different benefits.
1. A safe environment for people in recovery
Group sessions allow to foster a safe environment for individuals where they can be comfortable talking about their struggles with addiction. People in recovery often feel alone, thinking that no one in their surrounding can understand what they’re going through.
However, group sessions help people talk and listen to those who can relate with their condition. Without fear of judgment or shame, they can speak about their difficulties.
2. Part of a team
Most individuals in therapy are adults who had a functional life. However, addiction can cause harm to social and personal relationships.
In recovery, group therapy can help them feel like a part of a team. The leaders act as coach, guiding team members and mentoring them. These may be people who were addicts once and have now completely recovered. This team mentality is comforting and helps people stay on the path of recovery.
3. Tracking recovery progress
Group sessions are often scheduled as a weekly or biweekly activity.
An hour or two spent at the session provides individuals with a more positive outlook. Furthermore, the regularity of these meetings and setting goals, help people accomplish more.
For several individuals, this is a time for self-reflection when they’re prompted to talk about how they feel and how far have they progressed. In every meeting, new recovery goals are set until the next time.
4. Leaning to communicate
It can become difficult to communicate with others when an individual is going through these problems. However, speaking with others can assist in confidence and trust building. When communicating your emotions, you’re bound to analyze why you feel. This is a necessary step towards realizing what stressors one might have, in order to escape negativity.
5. Inspire and be inspired
Watching others experience the same recovery process can motivate you to stay. This helps boost self-confidence, making you realize that it is possible to make the full recovery. And you can inspire others too in the same way!
If you’re struggling with drug and alcohol addiction problems, we can help you recover with our integrative approach towards recovery. Our addiction treatment programs include both individual and group counseling sessions.