Addiction Treatment Group Therapy
Addiction treatment rehabilitation group therapy is a powerful tool for helping those struggling with substance abuse. One-on-one counseling certainly has substantial value for clients, but group therapy offers unique benefits for those seeking to start a new life in sobriety. Group therapy can help teach social and life skills, encourage accountability and provide clients with an opportunity to vent among like-minded peers.
Drug and Alcohol Rehab Therapies
Below are just a few of the substance abuse, addiction and mental health group therapies commonly offered by treatment centers.
In a codependent relationship, one person’s addiction is consistently enabled by the behavior or unhealthy lifestyle choices of a close friend, family member or loved one. Codependency group therapy sessions provide families with tools for recognizing codependency at home and tips for repairing strained relationships.
Creative Visual Arts
Artistic expression can play an important role in successful recovery treatment. That’s why many facilities offer group therapy sessions that focus on creative visual art. In these group therapy sessions, clients are given opportunities to express themselves through a myriad of art mediums and materials.
It is not uncommon for those struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction to have difficulties controlling their emotions. In many cases, chemical changes caused by substance abuse can hinder a person’s ability to properly manage their emotions. Dialectical skills group therapy is specifically designed to help clients address deep-seated emotional issues while finding new perspectives on life.
Artistic expression, no matter what the medium, has the potential to significantly enhance a client’s recovery process. The dramatic arts provide a unique opportunity for clients to process their emotions while practicing their communication skills. Dramatic arts group therapy also creates opportunities for clients to analyze their own behavior from the perspectives of others.
One common consequence of substance abuse is the deterioration of relationships between family members. Those struggling with an addiction, however, are in need of as much positive reinforcement and support from their loved ones as possible. The goal of family group therapy is to get to the heart of the issues that are driving family members apart. Experienced counselors can then recommend strategies for mending these priceless relationships.
Spirituality can play an important role for clients by allowing them to recognize their addictive habits and the need to change. Faith-based group therapy counseling educates clients on how to consider recovery from a biblical perspective. This approach makes it easier for clients to incorporate their spiritual lives into their recovery plan.
Men’s Group Therapy
Men’s group therapy helps clients to establish a sense of solidarity and openness. Providing male clients with an open floor to share their unique difficulties is vital because it allows them to receive encouragement and support from other men. Men’s groups also encourage closeness between clients, which in turn inspires a greater sense of accountability in the community.
Women’s Group Therapy
Women’s group therapy allows female clients to seek reassurance and support from other women. This approach encourages a sense of safety, which allows clients to speak freely about their struggles with addiction. Women’s groups also provide clients with an opportunity to learn new life skills and establish new boundaries in their existing relationships.
Trauma and Grief
Many individuals struggling with addiction began abusing drugs or alcohol in response to a traumatic or tragic life event. Grief-centered group therapy provides clients with a chance to address the core emotional issues that contribute to their substance abuse problem. Counselors also advise clients on dealing with triggers and developing sober coping strategies.
12 Step Focused
The 12 Steps program is one of the most widely used group therapy models for substance and alcohol abuse recovery. This group therapy option is ideal for clients who are interested in a structured, faith-based approach to handling their recovery. 12 Steps group therapy is also helpful for clients in need of strategies for transitioning back to their everyday lives.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Clients suffering PTSD experience severe mental and emotional stress following an intense psychological shock. These individuals are in need of focused treatment to address both their physical and mental pain. Specialized PTSD group therapy sessions provide those very services to clients.
The recovery journey continues long after the client has completed their treatment plan. Transitioning back to everyday life after spending months in recovery can be a daunting challenge for many freshly sober clients. Recovery skills group therapy sessions are dedicated to equipping our clients with the skills and knowledge they will need for success in recovery.
Clients who participate in addictive behaviors often make themselves more vulnerable to relapse. As a result, we recognize that a cigarette habit can act as a major stumbling block for clients as they seek out a safe and sober lifestyle. Stop Smoking group therapy provides resources and support to clients wishing to eliminate every last addiction from their lives.
Clients who exit drug rehabilitation treatment are at high risk for relapse unless they are prepared to deal with the stresses of everyday life. Relapse education group therapy educates clients on the risks of relapse, why relapse occurs and what clients can do to limit their exposure to triggers and negative influences.
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