Addiction is a challenging disorder that is often unresponsive to easy solutions.
Individuals who are addicted to substances often battle behavioral, physical, emotional, and psychological obstacles. To be effective, treatment programs must key in to the issues that have added to the addiction or developed in response to it. Group therapy can be an excellent means of helping achieve this goal.
Group therapy, as the term implies, is a therapeutic experience where numerous patients can work together at the same time. Within these sessions, one counselor works with a small group of patients. However, if the group of patients is larger, there will be a number of counselors working with the patients.
The primary goal of group therapy is to help patients identify and address the behavioral and emotional aspects that have added to their opioid addictions. Addiction hardly ever develops out of thin air, as outside aspects (like pressure, trauma, stress, abuse, self-esteem issues, or mood disorders) often contribute to its development. Group therapy offers up a place for patients to talk through these issues, as well as address any other related topics.
Group therapy is able to be as effective as it is because of the counselor’s skills and the participation of group members who offer up their insights, thoughts, and experiences. Below are some of the primary objectives surrounding group therapy:
- Universality – Removing feelings of isolation by seeing that others share similar feelings and experiences
- Self-understanding – Developing insight into your problems by listening to others share achievements and setbacks regarding theirs
- Interpersonal learning – Learning from the experiences and thoughts of other group members all while being able to express your own understandings
- Altruism – Seeing the value in adding to the enhancement of the lives of others
- Hope – Knowing that other people have overcome difficulties similar to yours, and feeling like you can do the same
- Information – Learning more about addiction as a disease and what recovery entails
- Imitative behavior – Developing behaviors through watching the positive ones of peers and counselors
- Cohesiveness – Feeling like you belong, are validated, and have purpose by sharing your experiences with others
- Catharsis – Freeing yourself from feelings of shame and emotional upset by talking through your challenges in a public forum
At North Florida Comprehensive Treatment Center, we see group therapy as a valuable aspect of medication addicted treatment. By joining counselors and patients together in a secure environment, we are able to establish collaboration and productivity amongst group members where their challenges and achievements can be put into proper perspective. Group therapy offers up imperative information, priceless insights, and exceptional support that can dramatically improve upon a patient’s ability to stay in recovery for the long-term.
There is no medication or technique that will cure an individual’s substance abuse problems. Effective medication assisted treatment requires programs to utilize both medication and therapeutic interventions to serve as a comprehensive approach to treating the entire problem and help patients end their substance abuse. Group therapy is a core component to this goal.
If you or someone you love could benefit from group therapy and other aspects of a medication assisted treatment program, please reach out to us today.