A group therapy program is a form of psychotherapy. Unlike in an individual therapy program, several patients meet regularly to share their struggles with guidance from a therapist. Although many people initially feel intimidated by the idea of sharing private issues with a group of strangers, research shows working on challenges in this setting is highly effective and rewarding.
A group therapy program may be used alone but is often part of a treatment plan, including individual therapy and possibly medication. Many different types of problems can be addressed with group therapy, including:
- Chronic pain
Benefits of Group Therapy
During group therapy, the patient benefits from feedback not just from the therapist but also from the other people in the group. Members of addiction recovery support groups share information with each other. Doing so helps participants realize they are not alone.
Also, sharing with others can make you feel you have something to give. Further, as you realize you are able to help others, you may experience a boost in your self-confidence. In addition, therapy in a group setting is usually less expensive than individual therapy.
Other benefits of attending a group therapy program or family therapy treatment program include:
- Being held accountable for feelings and issues, you may not be able to see yourself.
- Hearing other people’s stories reduces shame and promotes honest, open sharing.
- Gaining new insights that can only come from objective observation.
- Developing a support network that can continue after treatment.
- Having a sounding board for new ideas.
- Trying out new ways of communicating and socializing that can translate to friends and loved ones outside of treatment.
- Getting ideas from people who’ve had success with similar issues.
What to Expect From Group Counseling
Addiction recovery support groups may consist of only three or four participants or as many as 12 to 15. Sessions are usually an hour or so meeting once or twice a week. As each person progresses, he or she becomes a role model for other members of the group.
Group counseling offers an opportunity to obtain several different perspectives. People from different backgrounds offer wider viewpoints. Since varied feedback can be shared in a safe, supportive environment, you may be pleasantly surprised at how rewarding participation in group therapy, including group therapy for addiction, can be.
Promises Behavioral Health’s Group Therapy Program
At Promises Behavioral Health, we offer a group therapy program that suits everyone, including group therapy for addiction. Also, we offer a multitude of other kinds of therapy, including
For more information or to schedule an appointment, reach out to us today by calling 844.875.5609.