Addiction does not only house a physical component but also behavioral, psychological, and emotional challenges as well. In order for treatment to fully be effective, all components of addiction must be addressed. Individuals struggling with addiction have often found relief in the form of group therapy. Group therapy is a therapeutic practice that involves multiple individuals sharing and processing experiences in one therapeutic session. Group therapy sessions are typically small in size and are usually led by one therapist.
Just like individual therapy, the purpose of group therapy is to productively understand the influences that may have contributed to an individual’s addiction in the first place. External stressors are often the contributing factors to substance abuse and addiction. Many individuals suffer from self-esteem issues, a history of abuse, and mood disorders which can result in turning to external sources of comfort (substance abuse in many cases). Group therapy allows individuals struggling with addiction a safe environment in which they can openly discuss these external stressors amongst other individuals who understand the struggles of addiction.
The efficiency of group therapy comes from the combination of therapist as well as the participants. The qualified therapist leads the session while the individuals participating in the session are able to provide their own individual experiences and insights into matters being discussed. At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we believe that there are specific objectives and principles behind group therapy, including:
- Self-understanding – listening to fellow group members discuss their progression to sobriety while gaining individual insight into one’s own progression
- Interpersonal learning – learning from the experiences of other group participants while sharing one’s own experiences and perceptions
- Hope – realizing that others in the group have overcome difficult situations and emotions that you may currently be pushing through
- Cohesiveness – feeling a sense of fitting in, reason, and justification through sharing the therapeutic process with others in the group
- Universality – aiding in removing feelings of isolation by focusing on the common emotions and life experiences that have taken place amongst group members
- Catharsis – experiencing relief from embarrassment or other emotional discomfort by discussing one’s emotional struggles in a public setting
- Altruism – seeing the value of aiding in the advancement of the lives of fellow group members
- Information – becoming educated about the disease of addiction and what is required to achieve sobriety
- Imitative behavior – acquiring new skills through observation of the counselor as well as other group members
Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers values the progress that is made when combining group therapy with medication assisted treatment as part of a treatment plan. By joining our highly trained therapists with others struggling with addiction, we are able to create a safe and open environment where individuals are able to openly speak about their progress. Both struggles and successes can be openly discussed to help individuals stay on track toward long-term recovery.
Combining both medication and therapeutic activity together to create an all-inclusive approach, individuals are given the tools to achieve sobriety from all angles. Please contact us today if you feel that you or someone you love could benefit from group therapy as part of a complete medication assisted treatment program. We look forward to helping you achieve the sober life that you deserve.