While there are many things involved in the addiction treatment process, the real meat and potatoes of what takes place happen during therapy. Immediately, people will want to focus on individual therapy. While that’s reasonable, it’s worth noting both family and group therapy programs are also important pieces of the addiction treatment process.
The importance of individual therapy is not a secret. This is the time when the addiction treatment client sits down with their therapist to discuss the nature of their addiction. The goal of individual therapy is to help the client figure out the personal demons that are driving them to abuse drugs or alcohol. The process requires honesty and introspection on the part of the client. When the truth finally comes out, the client has the basis for creating the like tools they will need to avoid relapses in the future.
So what role does group therapy play in the treatment process?
Do Alcohol Treatment Facilities Provide Group Therapy?
Before we discuss the specifics about group therapy, we want to answer the titled question. The answer is yes, most alcohol addiction treatment facilities do offer access to group therapy. In fact, group therapy is very often considered to be a very important treatment option. We’ll get into the reasons for that a little later.
Group therapy is a treatment process that involves multiple clients and at least one counselor. With the group’s counselor or counselors serving as proctors, participants are motivated to share thoughts, feelings, and experiences with one another. The premise behind the value of group therapy sessions is there are great benefits that can be derived from one addiction sufferer helping another addiction sufferer.
Group therapy sessions are usually built around one of two approaches. Many times, the focus is placed on sharing among participants. They simply use a round table forum to discuss personal feelings and experiences or answer questions set out for discussion by a counselor. The other approach involves specific exercises. Sometimes, one of the counselors will devise a specific group exercise that necessitates group members to interact in some way. These exercises generally target a very specific part of addiction or recovery. In some cases, these exercises are fun and can bring about a bit of levity to what are generally considered to be an intense situation.
What has been laid out to this point is information about the group therapy process. How does this process benefit clients? Well, there are three things clients should be able to derive from group therapy:
- Camaraderie and Accountability
- Better Communication Skills
Let’s look at this list in more depth.
Camaraderie and Accountability
The road of addiction is a lonely path. The one thing addiction sufferers tend to have in common is the lost of friendship and companionship from friends and even loved ones. In group therapy, everyone gets an opportunity to interact with new people. Better yet, these are people who all have some very important things in common. We are pointing at the fact they have addictions, plus the common goal of trying to establish a lasting recovery.
It’s these areas of commonality that can create the basis for friendship and companionship while in rehab and after treatment has concluded. It’s the friendship and companionship that leads to each person getting access to support resources on the outside. They become accountable to each other.
Better Communication Skills
In a group setting, everyone is prompted to share and participate. For the folks who usually have difficulty communicating with others, it’s the perfect opportunity to learn better ways of communication. This can be accomplished by the individual actually communicating their thoughts or feelings or by watching others who have better communication skills do their sharing.
In rehab, incredible stories are told in group settings. Some of these incredible stories can serve as inspiration for clients to realize one of two things. They might realize that their personal circumstances are far more manageable that what others might be experiencing. There’s also the possibility that one person’s drive to successfully overcome their addiction will serve to initiate that same drive in other group members.
As you contemplate getting treatment for your addiction, you can rest-assured there’s a lot of ways you can get the help you need. In our treatment facility, we offer a wide range of both individual and group processes. For more information about our treatment offering, you can call us at 833-762-3739.