Individuals who are struggling with addiction must confront the behavioral, psychological, and emotional challenges that are known to contribute to the development of an addiction. In order for treatment to effective, patients must obtain support and treatment for these factors. By including group therapy into a patient’s treatment plan, patients can address and process the underlying causes of their addiction.
While some sessions may differ, the majority of group therapy sessions utilize a one counselor who leads a group of multiple participants. Similar to individual therapy, the main goal of group therapy is to address the underlying factors that may have contributed to addiction in the first place. Since numerous external factors such as stress, trauma, abuse, as well as mood disorders can all contribute to addictive behaviors, group therapy provides patients with a safe environment in which to openly discuss these topics.
The success of group therapy is due to the participants who offer support and encouragement while sharing their experiences and insights with other group members. The following are the main principles and objectives of group therapy sessions:
- Universality – Eliminating feelings of seclusion by emphasizing the common feelings and experiences between members of the group
- Self-understanding – Obtaining insight into one’s own problems by listening to other patients discuss their treatment progression and setbacks
- Interpersonal learning – Learning from the experiences and viewpoints of others while being able to openly communicate one’s own thoughts and feelings
- Altruism – Seeing the value in improving the lives of others
- Hope – Realizing that other group members have progressed through challenges that one may be currently experiencing
- Information – Learning about the disease of addiction and the recovery process from the counselor(s) leading the group
- Imitative behavior – Learning new skills through the observation of the counselor who is leading the sessions as well as other group participants
- Cohesiveness – Feeling a sense of purpose and fitting in by sharing in the therapeutic process with others
- Catharsis – Experiencing a sense of relief by openly communicating one’s own emotions and viewpoints publicly
Anchorage Treatment Solutions believes that group therapy provides patients with the tools and support necessary to progress toward lasting recovery. By working closely with our qualified counselors, patients are able to work with their peers in a safe and supportive environment. Discussing struggles, setbacks, and triumphs with other individuals can help patients can gain a deeper understanding of their own emotions.
Although there is no single cure for addiction, patients who take part in comprehensive treatment are more likely to achieve long-term recovery. If you or someone you love is battling an addiction to opioids, please contact Anchorage Treatment Solutions today. We are here to help you take the first steps towards an opioid-free life.