Here at A Mission for Michael, we involve group therapy as an integrated service in our multidisciplinary program in order to provide well-rounded, long-term support for individuals who are battling addiction. Here is a look at the many benefits that group therapy can offer as part of a well-rounded addiction recovery treatment program.
Build your support system.
One of the primary advantages of group therapy is the instant support system it offers. Individuals in a group therapy setting can hold one another accountable for reaching their goals in recovery, motivate one another to keep going, and be inspired by successes within the group. You might also find someone in your group who is struggling with similar issues that you face, allowing you to see these issues in a new light.
Practice communication skills.
It is highly important for individuals in recovery to strengthen communication skills—for healing damaged relationships, building a support system, effectively expressing feelings to loved ones, and so much more. A group therapy setting offers an ideal setting for developing and honing these communication skills.
Gain new perspective.
Group therapy can help you dispel of the myth that you are alone in your thoughts, actions, and struggles. When you hear others voice sentiments and describe experiences that are similar to your own, you’ll gain new perspective on your own life and learn to overcome negative self-perception.
Cope in a safe environment.
It can be difficult to express your feelings to loved ones, or to share painful experiences with those who might not understand. Since everyone in a group therapy setting is fighting the same battle that you are, you may very well find better success in expressing deep-seated emotions and sharing experiences that you are trying to move past. Members of your group will not be critical, and they can certainly serve as third-party listeners when you are sharing your emotions and experiences.
Learn something new.
We teach our patients about substance abuse, mental health, recovery techniques, life beyond treatment, and so much more in a group setting. In addition to what you might formally learn about substance abuse and recovery in a group setting, you can also informally glean insights from others in your group. You can learn by observing how others cope and how others stay strong in recovery.
Try experiential therapy.
Some forms of experiential therapy such as yoga and cooking classes are best practiced with others in a group setting.