Along with individual and group therapy is one of the effective substance abuse and mental health treatments performed for two or more people. Group therapy is a broad term for any type of therapy aimed at creating symptom reduction and recovery in two or more people.
It consists of a trained leader who conducts sessions. Unlike family therapy, the members in group therapy will not usually have a pre-existing relationship outside of sessions.
Group therapy sessions can be conducted in varied therapeutic settings and levels of care, including:
- Hospital-based inpatient programs.
- Residential programs.
- Outpatient recovery programs.
For someone committed to surrendering to their drug use and beginning a period of recovery, group therapy is an option that can be as effective as individual sessions.
Group therapy has several advantageous elements that equal or surpass individual therapy, such as the ability to:
- Offer members education about the recovery process.
- Provide support and motivation from peers to maintain recovery goals.
- Allow members to observe issues encountered by others in recovery and observe their methods of problem-solving.
- Empower group members by encouraging them to offer assistance and feedback to other members.
- Teach healthy coping skills to manage daily stressors without resorting to substance use.
- Boost structure and routine in the lives of group members.
- Build a sense of optimism, self-worth, and belief in the group members.
- Develop relationships between group members that can be used outside of sessions for support and encouragement.
Group therapy is a preferred option in many situations for people in various stages of recovery. If you or someone you know could benefit from participating in a therapy group, connect with us.