What Is Group Therapy for Addiction Treatment?
Group therapy is an evidence-based form of addiction treatment. Although individual therapy is highly valuable in helping individuals work through specific and diverse mental health issues, understanding the how others experience addiction and recovery offers a different form of therapy that can be life changing.
During your group therapy for addiction treatment sessions, you should expect to be led by a therapist who will guide a discussion about addiction and the impact that it has had. We also encourage open discussions, allowing you to share your current struggles and the steps you are taking to overcome them.
What are the Benefits of Group Therapy?
Dealing with an addiction can be largely isolating, as getting people to understand what you are going through is nearly impossible. However, during your group therapy sessions, your peers already understand. Often, they are dealing with similar thoughts and experiences. This allows each person to offer valuable insight that comes directly form their own story.
Hearing the experiences other people have gone through and learning about how similar they are to your troubles will help you feel more connected. This feeling of increased connection should also help you take the healing process more seriously, as you may begin to feel more accountable to the group.
Aids in Boosting Your Communicating Level
Communicating with friends, family, and those you hurt along the way is crucial in maintaining sobriety. However, this can be quite difficult, especially if you have poor communication skills. Fortunately, group therapy offers a fantastic way of building these skills by encouraging conversation and speaking with peers. At the end of these sessions, clients feel more comfortable listening to others and sharing thoughts and emotions with loved ones.