Addiction is a disorder that does not respond to easy solutions.
Addicted individuals battle psychological, physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that must be addressed in order for treatment programs to be most effective. Group therapy can help individuals realize how these issues relate to their addiction, as well as serve as an essential element in their overall recovery.
Group therapy, a therapeutic experience that includes the participation of numerous patients at one time, is generally led by one therapist. For larger groups of participants, more than one therapist will lead the session.
The role of group therapy is similar to that of the role of individual therapy in that the primary objective is to identify and process the behavioral and emotional impacts that added to the patient’s addiction. Substance abuse very rarely occurs for no reason, as external causes, such as peer pressure, mood disorders, stress, abuse, self-esteem problems, or trauma, can contribute to its development. Group therapy offers a place to work through these issues and talk about them in ways that help everyone who is engaged in the group.
Group therapy is as effective as it is because of the knowledge of the counselor who is leading the group and the willingness of the patients to participate in this setting. By sharing their insights, thoughts, and experiences, patients can benefit from the many primary objectives of group therapy, which include:
- Universality – Providing relief from feelings of loneliness and isolation by recognizing the shared feelings and experiences of others
- Self-understanding – Obtaining clear insight into your issues by hearing the other participants in the group talk about their achievements and hang-ups
- Interpersonal learning – Learning from the experiences and insights of others in the group, all while being able to share your own feelings
- Altruism – Seeing the benefit of adding to the betterment of the lives of others
- Hope – Knowing that others have defeated challenges similar to your own, and feeling hopeful of having similar outcomes
- Information – Getting educated on addiction as a disease and the process of recovery
- Imitative behavior – Establishing strategies and skills by watching the uplifting behaviors of others, including the counselor and the other participants
- Cohesiveness – Feeling like you belong, have purpose, and are validated by sharing your therapeutic experiences with others in the group
- Catharsis – Relieving yourself of feelings of shame and other emotional upset by speaking on your struggles publically
At Cape Cod Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we understand the value of group therapy when it is incorporated into a medication assisted treatment program. By joining therapists and patients together in a safe and inviting environment, we are able to establish a space where successes and setbacks can be looked at with proper perspective and talked about in a beneficial manner. Group therapy offers information, support, and insight that can dramatically improve a patient’s ability to achieve long lasting recovery.
There is no one medication or technique that can cure an individual’s addiction and free him or her from the confines of it. Instead, treatment methods such as those utilized in medication assisted treatment programs work to incorporate a number of elements into a comprehensive approach that addresses all areas of an individual’s addiction. This form of care is proven to be highly effective in helping individuals establish a life that is filled with health and happiness. Group therapy is a critical aspect of care.
If you or someone you care for is in need of group therapy or other addiction-related services, please reach out to our medication assisted treatment program today.