What is Group Therapy
Group psychotherapy gives you a safe and confidential environment that allows you to freely express your issues while simultaneously providing a support network for those wanting to get help. Some group therapies give you the benefit of being able to meet with multiple counselors.
For more complex addiction issues, multiple counselors can sometimes act as a multi-pronged attack in a treatment process. Attendants of group psychotherapy sessions typically sit in a circle facing each other and give a brief testimony of where they are and where they want to be in the future. Counselors in group psychotherapy can help you create a plan to boost your chances of recovering from drug or alcohol addiction.
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The Benefits of Group Therapy in Addiction Therapy
No one knows the plight of a drug addict or alcoholic like someone who has been there before. Many counselors are former users themselves. Living a life of recovery doesn’t mean you have to be a boring person.
Using group psychotherapy as a way to know that you aren’t alone on your path will help relieve some of the anxiety you may have about seeking out help. Consequently, you’ll be able to rely on the peers in your group psychotherapy sessions as trusted confidants. Someone who you could perhaps call in the middle of the night if you’re having a tough time.
The APA says that regularly attending group psychotherapy sessions can provide key benefits as:
- Bonding: Being able to share recovery experiences will help you pave a new path forward.
- Develop Communication Skills: Talking openly and honestly about your problems will only help you deal with it as you move forward in life.
- Self-Awareness: How do others perceive your inner dialog? Does it sound ridiculous or reasonable to others?
- Safety Net: You’ll always have peers in your group psychotherapy session who will keep you accountable. You’ll also be able to rely on each other as a safety net.
- Cost: Group psychotherapy can cost less than one-on-one therapy.
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How AmHealth’s Group Therapy Program Can Help You
When you begin attending a group counseling session, you’ll be tasked with answering a lot of questions. Be truthful with yourself and those in your group. If you aren’t, the therapist will likely see right through it and start calling you out on your lies.
You should expect everyone in group psychotherapy to be there because they want to be there. Most individuals attending group psychotherapy will not use a filter in their speech.
Your group psychotherapy session is a safe space to share your story. It’s important to be open and honest with your therapists and your peers because, in order to figure out who you are at the core, you’ll need to reach deep within your soul and figure out how to show the world the best version of yourself.
That’s what group counseling hopes to accomplish in your life. Just like anything, different things work for different people. But if you or someone you know is dealing with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, why not ask them if they’d be interested in going to a group psychotherapy session? You can even offer to tag along and maybe you can frame it as finding the root cause of the issues within a person’s life.
If you or a loved one is a victim of substance abuse, it’s important to get help. Just hinting to a friend that group psychotherapy sessions exist could be the moment of realization they’ve needed in their life. Learn more about group psychotherapy and how it can help conquer addiction by contacting us today.