Group therapy is one way people in addiction recovery talk about their issues and work through tough mental and emotional situations. Group therapy is sometimes used alone but may also be integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan which includes individual therapy and medication.
Group Therapy Model
The key therapeutic principles of group therapy derive from self-reports regarding individuals who have been involved in the process. This includes things like:
- Altruism: sharing strengths and supporting others, which boosts confidence
- Imparting information: helping by sharing information
- Instilling hope: seeing people who cope with recovery at different stages of grief and providing hope to those beginning the process
- Universality: being part of a group tho has the same experiences that helps people see what they go through is unique but also one that many experience in similar ways
- Development of socialization: great place to practice new behaviors is in a group setting that does not support a person without first providing safe space to experiment with failure and what it means to grow
- Interpersonal learning: modeling behavior for others and providing observation and imitation which builds learning
How it Works
Groups can be as small as three or four people, but it may involve more than that. A group can have more people but it is designed to stay small and intimate in structure. Typically, people meet once or twice a week for an hour or more. The minimum number of group therapy sessions is generally around six but a full year is more common. The meetings may either be open or closed and people are welcome to join at any time. If it is closed, people must be invited.
Reasons to Use Group Therapy
- Group therapy provides support and encouragement from others who are going through the same thing
- Role modeling is key to growth in recovery from those who are further down the path
- Group therapy is about working in a group and responding to group behaviors. This mirrors the outside and role playing may be part of group therapy, depending on the environment
- Safe haven for communicating difficult emotions or feelings without fear of judgment
- Affordable care is one of the keys to finding healing in recovery. Group therapy can provide that and allow a therapist to devote time to a larger group of people at one time
The benefits of group therapy are myriad. They allow an individual to check in with themselves and begin to notice all the ways they are feeling challenged but not doing it alone. This is usually done while a person is also in individual therapy.
A Step in the Right Direction provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. We provide lots of types of therapeutic settings to support the healing journey of recovery. We teach people how to live a sober life through programs, therapeutic support, and evidence-based therapies. For more information sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702.