Group Therapy

Group Therapy

For drug rehab to be most effective, a combination of individual and group therapy may be the best option. You cannot just depend on individual therapy since there are some limitations to it. In contrast, if the patient has a chance to engage with group, each one of which is trying to treat her addiction, the chances of success are higher.

What Group Therapy Is

As the word implies, this type of therapy brings together several individuals who are fighting their addiction. In most cases, it will involve a group of people with the same type of addiction or mental health issue, however, there are cases when the group consists of people with various types of mental illnesses, but with addiction levels that are similar to each other.

A group requires a leader who guides and organizes each therapy session. The sessions are moderated by a mental health practitioner who may either be a licensed therapist, psychiatrist or a psychologist. He or she acts as a professional counselor to all the members.

In a session, each member is encouraged to share their personal experiences. Expect to share your knowledge and insight into your experience and healing process if you are a member.

This type of therapy is a safe place for you to be together with other people who are experiencing the same pains and struggles that you are experiencing. This is why group therapy is effective.

“Commonality with other people carries… with it a feeling of smallness, or insignificance, a sense that one’s own troubles are ‘as a drop of rain in the sea.’ The survivor who has achieved commonality with others can rest from her labors. Her recovery is accomplished; all that remains before her is her life.” – Judith Lewis Herman

How Is It Conducted?

Group therapy is usually conducted with a regular schedule and a time limit. This means your group will agree to meet several days a week with each meeting lasting for a set time period.

Why Group Therapy is Effective

If you join a group of people that has the same problems as you have:

  • You will realize that you are not alone in your suffering
  • It will encourage you to strive harder to better yourself
  • Seeing others succeeding in their struggle will give you the impetus to try harder
  • Your success is also assured in group therapy because, on the average, a group consists of members who are in various degrees of addiction. There will be those who have just joined in, some will be in their middle stages of recovery, while others may already be in their advanced stages of healing.
  • You will have the opportunity to learn and profit from each other’s experiences and insights. If you are a beginner, you will be able to learn from the insights of those before you, and if you are an advanced member, you will be able to share your knowledge and experience to those who are just starting out.
“Tough love and brutal truth from strangers are far more valuable than Band-Aids and half-truths from invested friends, who don’t want to see you suffer any more than you have.” – Shannon L. Adler

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