Addiction is a lonely struggle that can cause many people to become detached from the people around them, including their loved ones. At Vertava Health, a significant focus we have within our programs is connecting people with a healthy support system. One of the most effective ways we do this is by offering a group therapy program.
Group therapy refers to two or more people who come together for the peer discussion, group activities, or skills-learning. This form of addiction therapy offers a safe and confidential setting for people to share their experiences, learn from others, and acquire healthy skills to aid them in each stage of sobriety.
Various types of group therapy can help treat addiction, including expressive therapy groups, psychoeducational groups, and process groups. These can be beneficial for treating substance use directly and related issues such as anxiety, depression, denial, and feelings of shame.
Group therapy is an integral part of our Vertava Health rehab programs. In addition to individual therapy and medication-assisted treatment, group therapy is considered one of the most effective ways to heal from addiction and achieve lifelong recovery. To learn more, contact Vertava Health today at 844.470.0410.
Types Of Group Therapy
Group therapy comes in many forms, but each shares a common goal of healing. Many groups for addiction recovery are discussion-based but can sometimes involve activities led by an addiction counselor or specialist.
Groups can also vary in size, how they are led, and their specific goals and intentions. By offering an array of therapeutic services, our programs allow each patient to find the support that best meets their needs.
The types of group therapy our treatment programs offer may include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy groups
- Skills development groups
- Interpersonal process groups
- Psychoeducational groups
- Expressive groups (e.g., art, music, dance)
- 12-step meetings
- Support groups with specific focuses (e.g., trauma, gender-specific issues, dual-diagnosis, spirituality)
Our groups are conducted in a controlled, non-judgmental environment and typically facilitated by addiction counselors to guide discussions. Counselors can also encourage patients to observe, share their thoughts, and be open to constructive feedback. The groups offered within our treatment programs may vary by location.
What Are The Benefits of Group Therapy?
Group therapy offers a number of advantages for people overcoming addiction, including a greater likelihood of staying sober and retaining a commitment for recovery. Much of the driving force behind this is the social connection built in these spaces. Therapy in a group setting can build a powerful source of support, stabilization, and positive reinforcement.
Additional benefits of attending group therapy for addiction include:
- Gain new skills — Psychoeducational and skill-building groups can teach people valuable tools to aid them on their path towards recoveries, such as communication tools, healthy coping strategies, relapse prevention skills, and managing finances. This can be very valuable for those in early sobriety and those who are seeking treatment for the first time.
- Multiple perspectives — Examining a situation or a struggle alone, or even with just one other person, can be limiting. Numerous people can offer their views and personal insight within a group setting based on their experiences.
- Positive and constructive feedback — Group therapy provides a space for people to talk about difficult experiences and request constructive feedback or advice from others. This can be helpful in order to challenge irrational beliefs, gain validation, and improve problem-solving skills. Patients can also offer encouragement and highlight each other’s abilities and successes.
- Accountability — Attending and participating in support groups is a helpful way for people to remain accountable in sobriety. On an outpatient level, attending groups can provide beneficial structure and support in people’s everyday lives.
- Inspiration — One of the greatest benefits of group therapy is being able to witness the successes of others in recovery. This can be very powerful for people who may be struggling with their own sobriety and need an additional push for motivation. It can also keep people motivated to stay on a healthy path and continue challenging their triggers.
Treatment Programs for Group Therapy
Group therapy can be conducted in a variety of settings depending on the level of care that is needed and may include:
- Inpatient programs
- Residential rehab programs
- Partial hospitalization programs
- Intensive outpatient programs
- Outpatient programs
Most people begin their treatment within an inpatient program specialized in treating substance use and addiction. After completing an inpatient program, patients will often continue attending support groups in their community as part of their aftercare. This may include attending groups hosted by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and others offered by local treatment centers or organizations.
Recovering from substance use is a long-term process. Many people find it helpful to continue attending groups for some time as a way to stay on track in their recovery and remain connected to others facing and overcoming their own challenges.
Seek Treatment at Vertava Health
One of the most valuable aspects of entering an addiction treatment program is the opportunity to observe and learn from others who have been where you are. Whether you are entering treatment for the first time or have a history of rehab stays, no one treatment stay is the same.
Attending our groups is an effective way for patients to learn what has worked for others, reflect on their own experiences, and develop new skills for a happy and balanced life in sobriety. This may involve attending groups once a day or multiple times a day, depending on the program’s schedule.
At Vertava Health, we know how lonely it can be in the depths of your addiction. Whether you are at rock bottom seeking help or need additional support to strengthen your recovery, our treatment centers offer various programs suited to meet each person’s individual needs.
Contact us today at 844.470.0410 to learn more about our group therapy offerings and find a Vertava Health treatment program that meets your needs.