What is Group Process Therapy for Substance Abuse?
Group process therapy is a type of counseling where a trained therapist or counselor treats a small number of patients simultaneously as a group. It can be used to treat many issues such as grief, trauma and depression but it’s also used in drug and alcohol treatment centers. It’s most often used in conjunction with individual counseling and family counseling.
There are four common types of group therapy used for substance use disorder treatment.
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The Role of Group Therapy in Recovery
Studies have shown that group counseling in a treatment program is paramount and can be more effective in gaining and maintaining recovery than individual counseling. A group therapy program is highly beneficial to recovery from a drug addiction and alcoholism, and dual diagnosis disorders. It provides hope in a way that no other program can by developing a sense of camaraderie among other recovering individuals. When you can relate to others who have similar experiences to yours and have progressed in recovery, a sense of hope arises that you, too, can overcome and a live a life free from substance abuse.
In addition to the priceless sense of fellowship that’s developed, an effective group therapy program provides important skills to further ensure your likelihood of success after leaving treatment. These skills address triggers, positive coping mechanisms, stress management, incentives for recovery, problem solving skills, positive relationships, and building a sense of community through positive activities and involvement to replace the constant cycle of addiction and withdrawal.
The bonds that are built during treatment provide patients with much-needed peer support, even after being discharged from drug and alcohol treatment. It alleviates you from experiencing a sense of isolation when you know you’re not traveling the recovery road alone. Group therapy is also effective after discharge from a drug and alcohol treatment center on an outpatient basis.
The comprehensive and integrated treatment program at a Behavioral Wellness and Recovery includes group therapy, which we feel is paramount in overcoming drug and alcohol addiction. You can get started on the road to recovery today by calling 800-683-4485.
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