Addiction is a complicated disease that does not respond to simple solutions.
Those who are addicted to drugs like opioids battle with psychological, physical, behavioral, and emotional struggles. To help bring about a positive solution, treatment programs must help these individuals work through the many issues that have led to or developed as a result of their addictions. One of the most effective means of treatment that can help bring about sobriety is group therapy.
Group therapy includes the consistent participation of a number of different patients. Each session is generally led by one counselor, however if there is a larger amount of participants in a session, more than one counselor will conduct the session.
Similar to individual therapy, group therapy is utilized in addiction treatment to help acknowledge and work through the behavioral and emotional impacts of substance abuse. It is rare that an addiction develops for no underlying reason at all, as issues such as stress, pressure, abuse, trauma, mood disorders, self-esteem problems and more can contribute to addiction development. Within a group therapy setting, patients can utilize the environment to help speak about these issues and others that pertain to addiction.
Group therapy is most effective partly because of the skills of the counselors and partly because of the participation from patients. Below are the fundamental objectives behind group therapy:
- Universality – Aiding in the relief of feelings of isolation by discussing similar feelings amongst other participants.
- Self-understanding – Obtaining insight into your own problems by effectively listening to other patients as they express their successes and setbacks.
- Interpersonal learning – Sharing your own personal experiences with others as they share theirs with you.
- Altruism – Seeing the value of adding to the quality of others’ lives.
- Hope – Knowing that others have experienced similar challenges, and seeing that they have overcome them.
- Information – Obtaining a deeper education about addiction as a disease and the benefits of recovery.
- Imitative behavior – Achieving a new skill set by watching the uplifting behaviors of both the therapist and the other participants.
- Cohesiveness – Sensing the feelings of belonging, validation, and purpose that come from sharing experiences with others.
- Catharsis – Obtaining a sense of relief from emotions (such as shame) by talking about personal challenges in public.
At Inland Empire Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we value the many benefits of group therapy in a medication assisted treatment program. Through pairing counselors and patients together in the welcoming and safe environment that is group therapy, we can establish an atmosphere that champions collaboration over struggles. Here, patients can obtain an appropriate perspective and conduct a discussion that is held in a manner that boasts therapeutic benefits for everyone involved. Group therapy offers critical information, productive insights, and support that can help set a patient up for success in recovery.
There is no quick fix that can help relieve an individual from the enormous weight of addiction. When participating in a medication assisted treatment program, a number of different methods are utilized in a comprehensive approach that can effectively aid patients in putting an end to their addictions once and for all. As a result, group therapy is essential.
If you or someone you love can benefit from group therapy and other aspects of medication assisted treatment, reach out to us today.