The Role of Group Therapy in Florida Addiction Recovery
Additionally, group settings enable individuals to overcome issues that tend to go hand-in-hand with substance dependency, such as feelings of shame, the inability to relate to others, depression, and isolation. Group therapy sessions
Programs Involved with Group Therapy
We believe that gender-specific treatment is exceedingly crucial to the overall process of addiction recovery. Some of the gender-oriented issues we focus on are as follows:
Female-Exclusive Group Sessions
- Eating Disorders/Negative Body Image – Many female addicts and alcoholics suffer from negative body image – an issue that typically manifests as a direct result of participating in self-compromising behaviors during active addiction. As women undergo experiences that defy their once upheld set of moral standards, their self-esteem is greatly affected, and this disapproval of self will typically present itself in the form of body image or eating disorder issues.
- Issues with Men & Sexuality – Many women with prolonged personal histories of substance abuse will have adopted sexual behavioral patterns that have likely resulted in feelings of shame and self-loathing. Additionally, many women who suffer from self-esteem issues will frequently turn towards male attention as a method of seeking external validation. Gender-specific group settings allow women a safe place to discuss any issues with men they may have, and seeing as all of our group sessions are facilitated by licensed therapists with extensive experience in such realms, women will have the opportunity to thoroughly heal.
- Sexual & Physical Trauma – The vast majority of women who suffer from a substance dependency disorder have undergone significant emotional, physical, or sexual trauma. Women tend to feel much safer opening up honestly and thoroughly about such issues in groups of same-gendered peers. Female-exclusive group sessions help women to work through trauma by relating to other women who have undergone similar experiences, and receiving the support they need to work through pain and grief.
- Motherhood – One of the primary reasons why women return home before inpatient treatment is complete (a pattern that frequently leads to relapse), is the obligation they feel they have towards their children. We have much experience working with mothers in early recovery, instilling in them the understanding that if they are not clean and sober, their physical presence will not be nearly as meaningful. We also help to teach mothers to cope with the stressors of motherhood successfully, and explain how to effectively balance raising children with paying adequate attention to their personal programs of recovery.
- Building Healthy Relationships with Other Women – In many instances, women who have suffered through years of severe substance dependence have lost the ability or desire to relate to or effectively communicate with anyone – let alone members of the same sex. Our experienced therapists facilitate groups in such a way that women learn to build healthy and lasting relationships with one another.
- Self-Harm – Self-harm is a common manifestation of the self-loathing and low self-esteem that many women enter treatment possessing. We work through the feelings and emotions behind self-harm of all varieties in group settings, allowing women to relate to and actively support one another.
Male-Exclusive Group Sessions
- Aggression/Anger – While women manifest their feelings of low self-esteem and self-worth into body image issues and self-harm, many men will translate feelings of inadequacy and hurt into aggression. We have licensed anger-management therapists on staff to assist our clients in working through aggression, and learning to effectively express their feelings without channeling them into anger.
- Sexual & Physical Trauma – It is typically extremely difficult for men to open up about past trauma when there are females present, seeing as societal standards typically disallow men from expressing what they may incorrectly view as ‘emotional weakness’. Male-specific group settings allow men to open up honestly about potential past trauma, and receive understanding and support.
- Building Healthy Relationships with Other Men – It is sometimes difficult for men who have lived through years of severe substance dependency to form meaningful relationships with other men, seeing as isolation and detachment are common symptoms of drug addiction. Group settings allow men to become re-acquainted with the process of building healthy and supportive relationships with members of the same sex.
- Ego in Addiction Recovery – Many men will employ ego as a defense mechanism. Our experienced therapists work to expose the negative role of the ego in a group setting, which has proven exceedingly more effective.
- Emotions – Because of implied societal standards, many men have become used to shutting themselves off emotionally. We work to help men get back in touch with their feelings, instilling tools to help them adequately express emotions in an effective and relatable manner.
Our Values & Goals
After an individual completes their stay at our inpatient treatment facility, they will be presented with a carefully and individually designed aftercare plan, put together personally by our team of experienced and licensed clinicians. While the specific factors of each client’s aftercare plan will vary depending on his or her personal needs, requirements, and preferences, the incorporation of a 12-step program of recovery will always be included.
Group therapy sessions held during inpatient treatment help to familiarize clients with discussing personal matters amongst their peers, a skill that will later prove essential to maintaining long-term sobriety.