Group Therapy

Experience the Power of Peer Support

shutterstock_168157919Drug or alcohol addiction almost always leads a person into isolation. Isolation brings its own mental health problems. Given that the substance-addicted person is living a detached life, it isn’t surprising that re-connecting to a group or community will help address important issues when it comes to recovery. Clinical studies have shown that group therapy sessions are equally as effective as individual therapy in promoting long-term sobriety.

Most drug rehab programs include both therapies in their treatment. Individual therapy offers people the chance to tackle deep personal issues that underlie their addiction and which are not usually suited to the group setting. One-on-one counseling allows for topics that may require patient and gentle confrontation to be addressed. Group settings cannot accommodate this type of therapy. However, goals may be achieved in a group session which individual therapy cannot reach on its own.

Benefits to Group Therapy

Group therapy, also known as peer group therapy, provides several important elements to the recovery process.

  • Peer therapy puts the addict in a setting where others who are on a similar path can offer them advice and the benefit of personal experience.
  • Group therapy allows the addict to observe as others reach milestones in recovery. Seeing this recovery in others establishes hope that they can achieve the same.
  • Peer therapy removes the isolation associated with addiction. No longer is the person in a “user vs. non-user” frame of mind. The group creates a supportive community where walls of social isolation can be torn down.
  • The addicted person is often ill-equipped to practice empathy – the ability to put oneself in another person’s shoes and see things from their perspective. In the group, the individual recovering from addiction can begin to learn to listen to how other people view things.
  • Persons battling addiction often need practice in how to relate with others in healthy ways. Peer therapy provides the opportunity to develop social skills in a supportive setting.

Group therapy modalities vary. A few of the most common are:

  • Support Group – this provides members with needed emotional support.
  • Psychoeducational Group – this group is a non-threatening format for learning about addiction and attendant mental health concerns.
  • Skills Development Group – this group emphasizes learning coping skills and skills needed for healthy interpersonal communication and relating.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Group – this group focuses on addressing problems and developing practical solutions.

Group therapies have become an instrumental part of drug rehab and for good reason. Peer therapy groups provide recovering addicts with opportunities to learn about addiction. Avenues for developing key social skills and communities of emotional support are provided by a group of people all working toward a common goal: create a positive life free of wrong dependencies.

If you or your loved one is suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction or dependency, the professional and friendly staff at Bluestone Recovery are here to help. Our compassionate and helpful admission councilors are standing by 24/7 to help get you the treatment you deserve. Our client centered care rehab located in the heart of Riverside Ca is the perfect place to begin your journey on the road to lasting sobriety.

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    Serenity Lodge Alumni (2012)

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