The complexities of addiction extend beyond a singular, simplistic solution.
Those struggling with addiction are often faced with the emotional, behavioral, physical, and psychological hurdles that accompany the disease. In order for treatment to truly be effective, a comprehensive approach must be implemented in order to address all of these issues. Group therapy, which is part of this approach, plays a vital role in tackling all of these components.
Group therapy typically involves the leadership of one counselor, however, some sessions may utilize multiple counselors depending on the number of the participants.
Both individual therapy and group therapy focus on identifying and addressing both the emotional and behavioral influences that may have aided in a patient’s addiction in the first place. Since external factors such as stress, the presence of a mental illness, previous abuse or trauma, and self-esteem issues can all contribute to the development of addiction, it is important to pinpoint these influences and allow patients to safely and openly explore what may have contributed to their addictions in order to move forward towards recovery.
Group therapy is successful due to both the knowledge of the counselor leading the session as well as the patients who are participating in the session by lending their insights into their personal experiences and viewpoints. The following are the essential goals and philosophies of group therapy:
- Universality– Emphasizing the commonality of emotions and experiences among group members to help lessen any feelings of segregation that may take place
- Self-understanding– Developing an awareness into one’s own issues by listening to other group members share their setbacks and achievements
- Interpersonal learning– Learning from the insights and experiences of other group members, while also being able to openly share one’s own perceptions
- Altruism– Understanding the value of adding to the betterment of the lives of other group members
- Hope– Becoming optimistic about the future after realizing that others have endured and overcome similar struggles in the past and/or during the recovery process
- Information– Gaining more information about the recovery process, as well as the disease of addiction
- Imitative behavior– Acquiring new techniques and skills by watching the positive behaviors of both the leading counselor(s) and other group members
- Cohesiveness– Feeling a sense of purpose by sharing experiences with others
- Catharsis– Experiencing a reprieve from guilt or other emotional pain by openly sharing one’s struggles with others
Madison Comprehensive Treatment Centers truly values the importance of group therapy when utilized within a comprehensive treatment program. By providing patients with an opportunity to come together with highly qualified counselors, as well as other patients who truly understand the struggles associated with addiction, patients are given the support and treatment required to achieve and maintain long-term recovery. While there is no singular cure for addiction, taking part in a comprehensive treatment program supplies patients with the tools necessary to break free from the viscous cycle of addiction.
If you or someone you love would benefit from group therapy and the other treatment options available at Madison Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact our knowledgeable and dedicated intake team today.