Addiction can create psychological, behavioral, physical, and emotional roadblocks for those trapped in its tight grasp. In addition to the physical component of treatment, individuals must also seek help for the emotional piece in order to obtain the full set of tools necessary for recovery. Group therapy is an extremely helpful tool to help combat addiction.
Group therapy involves multiple individuals coming together during one therapeutic session. Like individual therapy, group therapy sessions are counselor-led. Unlike individual therapy sessions, however, group therapy involves multiple participants working together towards a shared goal.
The goal of group therapy is to confront the behavior and emotions that may have contributed to an individual’s addiction. It is commonly believed that various external forces, such as stress, can lead to addiction. Mood disorders, a history of abuse, and issues with self-esteem are also contributing factors. Group therapy allows individuals to have a safe environment in which to openly discuss these issues, as well as their recovery from addiction.
The counselor or therapist leading the group sessions is in charge of ensuring that participants share their perceptions and feelings regarding their own personal experiences. Some essential goals and values of group therapy include:
- Universality – aiding in the relief of feelings of segregation by discussing the common emotions and experiences amongst members of the group
- Self-understanding – increased understanding of one’s own issues by listening to others in the group discuss their advancement and delays in recovery
- Interpersonal learning – learning from the feelings and experiences of other group members while, at the same time, being able to share one’s own intuitions and interpretations
- Altruism – knowing one’s own worth in adding to the improvement of others’ lives
- Hope – knowing that others have gone through difficult situations, experiences, and emotions that one may be currently going through
- Information – gaining knowledge about the disease of addiction, as well as the recovery process
- Imitative behavior – acquiring new skills and approaches to recovery by watching the constructive behaviors of the therapist, as well as others in the group
- Cohesiveness – feeling a sense of reason, fitting in, and authentication by sharing the therapeutic experience with others in the group
- Catharsis – feeling a release from internal guilt or embarrassment by discussing one’s issues in a public setting
The professional staff at Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers values the importance of bringing together therapists and patients in order to provide a safe and organized environment in order for patients to openly discuss their progress, struggles, and achievements. Group therapy provides patients with fundamental tools and information that is valuable for their long-term recovery.
It is important to remember that, although there is not one therapeutic forum or medication that can automatically release an individual from the grips of addiction, a combination of the two provides the tools necessary to break free. By combining medication assisted treatment with a therapeutic approach, individuals are more likely to see a successful path to recovery paved in front of them.
Contact us today if you or someone you love would benefit from the treatments available at Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers.