26 Oct Group Therapy
Group therapy is an important part of the recovery process for addiction and other mental illnesses. Group therapy is when one therapist works with a number of people at the same time. These people are often struggling with similar issues and need to work on developing similar skills for their recovery.
Group Therapy Benefits
Many individuals who are struggling with addiction feel isolated and alone. Group therapy can dispel this notion as members of the group work together. Knowing that there are others in the same situation can give members of the group an instant sense of support. Discovering that they are not alone in their disease can be both a huge revelation and a relief to those participating in the group.
Since social skills are often damaged during the course of addiction, group therapy is an essential part of rebuilding these skills and learning how to interact with others. Being in the presence of other people struggling with addiction and forming bonds with them will help the group members to treat one another with dignity and respect. This will also help them to better respect themselves. These skills can translate to the ability to improve other relationships outside of the group.
What to Expect
As the name suggests, group therapy will be held in a group, led by a therapist. Members will meet in a specified location on a regular basis with the same people in attendance each time. Sometimes group therapy will take place in family groups. This helps the therapist observe family dynamics and make suggestions based on those relationships. Other groups may consist of strangers who have never met before but share a similar struggle.
Group therapy can be an inviting, nonthreatening way for individuals to engage in treatment. They can participate as much or as little as they choose and will find support no matter what their level of communication is. Knowing that they are not alone in their problems is a huge weight off the shoulders of those in addiction recovery, which is why so many people find great insights and build important relationships in group therapy.