Recovering from an addiction to alcohol or drugs is a complex process for most people. Treatment often begins with residential detox and continues to rehabilitation before progressing to long-term recovery. A group therapy program is usually part of the plan.
Sitting among others also struggling with addiction can be intimidating. However, group therapy can also be liberating. A person can learn to counter feeling isolated from loved ones. Interacting with others may improve their well-being and encourage them to stay sober.
What Makes a Group Therapy Program Effective?
No two people have identical experiences with drug or alcohol addiction. But, knowing that others deal with similar situations destroys the isolation that often accompanies substance abuse. Each person can offer support and understanding when someone struggles to stay sober.
Another effective aspect of group therapy is gaining insight from the experience of others. Everybody in group therapy gets a chance to talk about their challenges of dealing with addiction. This can be very insightful as a person processes their individual situation.
There are a lot of lessons in the experiences and mistakes of others. A variety of group therapy techniques like 12-step facilitation broadens a person’s rehabilitation experience.
Attending a variety of group sessions offers a chance for a more complete recovery. Other types of group therapy programs include:
- Relapse prevention
- Anger management
How a Group Therapy Program Works in Rehab
Every group therapy program is different. The members, therapist, and therapy session are all factors that contribute to the variety a person experiences.
These differences do not change some basic characteristics of what occurs. Most group sessions have 4-10 members and last up to two hours. Frequency of meetings vary, but may occur once or twice a week.
A licensed therapist guides sessions where all participants have something in common. Some groups consist of former drug addicts. Others may consist of same-gender participants. These differences are true even when everyone is at different recovery stages.
Stages of Recovery in a Group Therapy Program
Group therapy takes a person through six stages of recovery. The first one is pre-contemplation when they are not interested in changing their addictive behaviors. They do not believe their substance abuse is a problem. A court-order or family members brought them to therapy.
Contemplation is the second stage. This is when attending group sessions and listening to the therapist begins to sink in. The person starts thinking about decreasing or quitting their substance use.
The third stage of group therapy is preparation where the person is still using or drinking. However, they acknowledge the harmful consequences and plan to stop. They begin to recognize there are advantages to quitting.
Overall, action is an important fourth stage of the group therapy program. The person chooses a strategy for putting an end to their substance abuse. Therefore, they start making the necessary changes that put their plan into action. The therapist and other group members help them through this stage.
Each person in group therapy works hard to stay sober and avoid relapse. They reach the fifth stage of maintaining sobriety and often complete recovery at this point.
If not, they may relapse and go through the sixth stage known as recurrence. This means they return to a previous stage to gain a better understanding of problems connected to their relapse. In fact, support from the group may help them quickly return to maintenance.
Get the Help You Need Now
Beacon House understands the challenge of battling addiction, but our group therapy program can help. Furthermore, we have addiction therapy services to ensure you have a safe and supportive environment.
For example, we offer a pathway to lasting sobriety with services that include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Certified dual diagnosis treatment
- Mindfulness sobriety
Don’t let the fear of talking to perfect strangers keep you tied to addiction. Call us at 831.372.4366 for quality rehab services that start your recovery journey. Learn more about our life-changing group therapy program today!