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Group Therapy in Drug Rehab
Benefits of Group Therapy
Group therapy offers what many individuals in early recovery lacked during periods of active drug addiction: community. Entering inpatient drug rehab or outpatient drug rehab can be a lonely, scary experience. Fortunately, through the group process, patients have an opportunity to develop supportive and caring relationships with peers who can assist them in their personal recovery journey.
Accountability: Addiction thrives in secrecy and isolation. Becoming a part of a therapeutic group offers patients accountability and chance to receive feedback on the many choices they face in early recovery. A group of peers offers patients a chance to process various issues with others who can relate, as well as positive reinforcement of behavioral changes.
Support: The ability to relate to others fosters connection, a key element of recovery from drug and alcohol dependence. Group members can receive support from their peers as they navigate issues like relationships, seeking employment, participating in a twelve-step group, and developing relapse prevention skills.
Process: Identifying and processing emotions is a skill that serves individuals in lifetime recovery from substance use disorder. The group dynamic offers a unique platform for developing the communication skills necessary to develop healthy emotional regulation and positive relationships. Assertive communication is both modeled and practiced in the group process.
5 Tips Ways To Get The Most Out Of Group Therapy
One of the hallmarks of active addiction is isolation and loneliness. Addiction thrives without a positive support network that can offer accountability, feedback, and healthy affirmation. For this reason, among others, group therapy is an essential component of effective addiction treatment in drug rehab. Generally, group therapy sessions consist of as little as 3 members and up to as many as 12 members. Group therapy in our accredited Florida Drug Rehab has proven to be a significant and effective tool in treating substance abuse and mental health issues.
5 Suggestions from Licensed Clinicians to Help You Get the Most Out of Group Therapy are to:
- Be vulnerable.
- Offer feedback.
- Learn to receive feedback.
- Avoid monologues.
- Concentration on group dynamics.
Group Therapy Models
Some of the specialized groups we offer at Lighthouse Recovery Institute include:
Family Roles and Schema Therapy
Patients can identify, address, and shift unhealthy behaviors and dynamics, allowing for a greater chance of healing the family unit.
In this unique model, patients “role-play” to practice assertive communication, to access emotions, and to resolve feelings of grief. For example, in this model, patients may role play like one another’s “addictive voice,” offering them a chance to face addictive thinking patterns and prepare for coping with triggers.
Music and Art Therapy
These methods offer patients a chance to creatively express emotions, process events, and explore new interests as well as get in touch with passions that may have been stifled in active addiction.
CBT and DBT
These evidence-based models assist patients in shifting unhealthy thoughts and behaviors which fuel addiction through a range of models, including mindfulness, challenging cognitive distortions, and emotion identification.
These are just a few of the many models offered in group therapy at Lighthouse Recovery Institute. Group topics are dynamic and ever-shifting to best meet the needs of the patient community while attending our addiction treatment center.
Group Therapy Expectations
A common misconception is that group therapy is the same as a self-help support group. In self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, the meetings are led by a member of the community and self-driven. In group therapy, a trained professional directs the session to achieve maximum benefits for all patients, select the format, integrate evidenced based modalities and provide feedback.
For group therapy to be effective, the group facilitator must be trained in conducting group therapy sessions and in the ability to manage various group dynamics. Sessions are led by a licensed or certified mental health professional who is trained in dual diagnosis or substance abuse treatment. The group facilitator will be a therapist, psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, or other credentialed specialist who has been trained in both substance abuse addiction treatment and in group therapy techniques. Sessions times can range from one hour in duration and up to 3 hours in duration depending on the group.
No two individuals are the same, which is why we offer flexible group sessions that fit into work, school, and family schedules for patients attending outpatient drug rehab. We are committed to working with patients to create individual plans of care that meet their needs both in treatment and in their daily lives.