Addiction is a complicated disease that refuses to be solved through simple solutions.
Those who suffer from addiction battle against psychological, physical, behavioral, and emotional obstacles, and in order to break free of those challenges, a treatment program must be prepared to properly address each issue that has contributed to the addiction development. One of the best ways to achieve this is through group therapy.
Group therapy joins individuals together to work through commonly shared issues. Each session is typically led by one counselor, given that the group is small. However, if a session has a larger group of people, more than one counselor will help facilitate.
Similar to individual therapy, group therapy is designed to help treat addiction through helping people determine and process behavioral and emotional issues that added to the individual’s addiction. The development of an addiction is often influenced by issues such as past history of abuse or trauma, the presence of a mental health disorder(s), and self-esteem issues. Within a group therapy setting, individuals are invited to discuss these issues and others related to addiction and recovery.
Group therapy is most effective when the counselors who lead the sessions are skilled and the participants are willing to engage by sharing insights, thoughts, and emotions. Below are the primary objectives behind the functionality of group therapy:
- Universality – Relieving feelings of isolation by connecting with others through similar feelings and experiences
- Self-understanding – Learning more about oneself through listening to other individuals share their successes and setbacks in recovery
- Interpersonal learning – Obtaining an education from others while sharing one’s own experiences and lessons learned
- Altruism – Recognizing the value of adding to the quality of others’ lives
- Hope – Seeing that others have overcome similar struggles and feeling confident in being able to achieve comparable success
- Information – Learning about addiction as a disease, as well as recovery
- Imitative behavior – Achieving a new skill set through watching the positive behaviors of others (including counselors)
- Cohesiveness – Feeling a sense of belonging and validation by sharing in group therapy with others
- Catharsis- Experiencing relief from heavy emotions (such as shame) by talking about them out in public
At Allied Health Services of Medford, we recognize how valuable the inclusion of group therapy is in a medication assisted treatment program. Through gathering counselors and patients together in a welcoming and stable environment, we are able to foster collaboration so that challenges and achievements can be put in appropriate perspective and talked through so all patients benefit. Group therapy offers critical information, beneficial therapeutic insights, and extensive support that can help a patient achieve long lasting recovery.
There is no one singular way to help an individual break free from the confines of addiction. In medication assisted treatment programs, combining numerous different treatment elements into a patient’s individual plan has proven to be the most effective way to helping patients achieve success over their addictions. Group therapy is viewed as a key component to that care.
If you or someone you care for is in need of treatment for an addiction and can benefit from group therapy through a medication assisted treatment program, reach out to us today.