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Group therapy is a useful recovery tool to treat drug addiction.  Group counseling is generally more beneficial than individual counseling. It helps with the sense of isolation some recovering addicts may feel and also allows patients to see how their peers in recovery progress throughout treatment. Being part of a recovery community encourages accountability and helps on relapse prevention.

Everyone gets to join a group at some point in his or her life. Families are also groups you have the privilege to be part of. Any group category you are part of, whether it be religious, social or cultural can shape who you are and the way you react to situations. In some cases, groups can encourage dysfunctional behavior. These types of groups should be avoided.

Most individuals enjoy the sense of community they experience in group therapy. The goals of group therapy are to guide each individual during a crisis and provide a healing atmosphere where they can share their frustrations without fear of being judged. If you want to give up your dependency on drugs, call 201-571-2410.

Group therapy models

Although some groups may have some therapeutic components in them, not all groups can be therapeutic. This form of treatment should employ addiction professionals and have a clear plan to heal the recovering addict from his or her drug or alcohol addiction. The most common group therapy models currently used on addiction treatment may include:

  • Instructive- counseling groups that teach about substance abuse
  • Skills development- it provides with the skills necessary to overcome chemical dependency
  • Behavioral groups- they help change the patient’s thought and behaviors leading to addiction
  • After care groups or support groups-this is where group members encourage each other in constructive ways
  • Therapeutic  groups-patients learn to  recreate past events and pinpoint problems that may have led them to substance abuse

Multiple variations and combinations of these models are employed during addiction treatment. The last model is generally used less, since it may require more training to handle these groups. Some individuals receiving treatment for their addiction may have traumatic pasts and problems with relationships they need to deal with first. This type of counseling may involve more time and commitment in order for the providers to address these issues.

Benefits of Group Treatment

Group counseling has many benefits. They create an atmosphere of acceptance which inspires group members to share their struggles freely.  Addicts in recovery have a lot of things in common. They accept each other for who they are. There are more possibilities for recovery in a group setting; patients can learn about themselves and about their peers. Throughout counseling sessions, patients learn to pinpoint addiction triggers and they also learn new coping tools to deal with their struggles.

The nurture and support that a sociable atmosphere provides can give some members the love and acceptance they might have never received from their families. Groups encourage discipline and provide safety within the rules and boundaries initially established.  This approach helps members focus more on what’s going on in their lives and understand treatment expectations. Join a treatment program for your addiction. Call us at 201-571-2410.


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