Individuals who find themselves trapped in the viscous cycle of substance abuse are often faced with the emotional, behavioral, physical, and psychological challenges that are cornerstone to struggling with an addiction. In order for treatment to be successful, all of these factors must be addressed and treated. By incorporating group therapy into a patient’s treatment plan, individuals are able to understand what factors contributed to their addictions in the first place.
Group therapy is a therapeutic practice that typically involves multiple patients under the guidance of a single counselor. These sessions bring together multiple individuals to work through a variety of topics related to addiction. Like individual therapy, group therapy aims to identify and treat the emotional and behavioral factors that may have led to a patient turning to the use of opioids.
External factors such as trauma, abuse, and stress are common forces that cause individuals to resort to substance abuse as a way to escape their reality. Group therapy provides patients with a safe and supportive environment in which to openly discuss these matters alongside other individuals who understand firsthand the struggles linked to addiction.
The effectiveness of group therapy is directly linked to the patients who are communicating their experiences and insights. The following are the principle goals of group therapy:
- Universality – Eliminating feelings of isolation by emphasizing the shared feelings and experiences amongst members of the group
- Self-understanding – Obtaining insight into one’s own problems by listening to other group members share their experiences and feelings
- Interpersonal learning – Learning from the opinions and experiences of others, while also sharing one’s own insights and perspectives
- Altruism – Seeing the value of contributing to the betterment of others’ wellbeing
- Hope – Accepting that other group members have overcome challenges that one may be currently experiencing
- Information – Learning more about the disease of addiction as well as the recovery process
- Imitative behavior – Formulating new techniques and strategies by observing the positive behaviors of your counselor and other group members
- Cohesiveness – Feeling a sense of belonging and validation by sharing the therapeutic process with other individuals
- Catharsis – Experiencing a sense of relief from emotional pain by publicly discussing one’s struggles
Western Michigan Comprehensive Treatment Center values the importance of incorporating group therapy into patients’ treatment plans. By allowing patients to come together with other individuals who are also navigating the recovery process, patients are able to receive support and encouragement from their peers in a safe setting. Group therapy provides patients with the education, therapeutic insights, and support that is required in order to successfully progress in treatment.
In order for treatment to be effective, patients must obtain treatment for the physical and psychological aspects of their addictive behaviors. By receiving treatment for both, patients are able to prepare for a future that is opioid-free. Comprehensive treatment has been clinically proven to increase the chances of lasting recovery.
Please contact Western Michigan Comprehensive Treatment Center today if you or someone you care about would benefit from the treatment that we offer.