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Addiction Group Therapy

Learn more about how our addiction group therapy services will help you meet your recovery goals.

Benefits of Addiction 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 recovery journey.


What Group Therapy Gives You


Addiction thrives in secrecy and isolation. Becoming a part of a therapeutic group offers patients accountability and a chance to receive feedback on the many choices they face in early recovery. A group of peers gives patients a chance to process various issues with others who can relate and positively reinforce behavioral changes.


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, seek employment, participate in a twelve-step group, and develop relapse prevention skills.


Identifying and processing emotions is a skill that serves individuals in their 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.

5 Tips 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, group therapy is an essential component of effective addiction treatment in drug rehab.

Generally, group therapy sessions consist of as little as three members and up to 12 members. Group therapy in our accredited Florida drug rehab has proven to be an essential and valuable tool in treating substance abuse and mental health issues.

Suggestions from licensed clinicians to get the most out of group therapy are to

Be vulnerable

Don’t be afraid to share your feelings and experiences.

Offer feedback

Our therapists are always open to your suggestions.

Accept feedback

We’re all trying to help each other do better and recover.

Avoid monologues

Group therapy is about interacting with others.

Try to participate

Concentrate on group dynamics and be ready to participate.

Addiction Group Therapy Models

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. For most of our treatment programs, we incorporate small group discussion sessions to make the recovery process feel less isolated.

Some of the specialized group therapies 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.

Music and Art Therapy

These methods offer patients a chance to express emotions, process events creatively, and explore new interests, as well as get in touch with passions that may have been stifled in active addiction.

Experimental Therapy

In this unique model, patients “role-play” to practice assertive communication, access emotions, and 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.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a common form of evidence-based treatment in alcohol rehabilitation centers. Initially, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy helped suicidal patients find meaning and purpose in life. Today, research studies believe it can positively affect other forms of addictions.

In DBT Therapy, therapists generally assist patients by developing four skill sets: mindfulness, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance. DBT therapy helps decrease feelings of anxiety or depression; thus, it is ideal for dual diagnosis patients. Learn more about DBT.

Talk to an Admission Specialist

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we want our patients to feel comfortable in their environment to remain focused on what is truly important, their recovery. We’re here to answer any questions you might have about the risks of drug abuse and to learn more about alcohol or drugs addiction treatment.


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 community member and self-driven. In a group therapy session, a trained professional directs the session to achieve maximum benefits for all patients, selects the format, integrates evidence-based modalities, and provides feedback.

Our Effective Approach

For this type of therapy to be effective, the group facilitator must be trained in conducting group therapy sessions and managing various group dynamics. A licensed or certified mental health professional trained in dual diagnosis or substance abuse treatment leads the meeting.

The group facilitator will be a therapist, psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, or other credentialed specialist trained in substance abuse addiction treatment and group therapy techniques. Sessions times can range from one hour in duration and up to 3 hours in length, 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.

As part of addiction recovery, we also know that individual therapy is an essential part of building coping skills and learning how to manage intrusive thoughts.

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Will Insurance Cover Treatment?

Insurance plans often cover the cost of addiction treatment. While each insurance company has different criteria, we work with patients and their medical plans to cover expenses. Addiction recovery is critical for your health care, and behavioral therapy services are often covered under insurance.

In addition, for self-pay clients, we have flexible financing plans. If you are considering treatment and would like more information about your specific benefits, please call one of our staff members today. We are committed to assisting you in accessing the treatment necessary to recover from addiction.

About Lighthouse Recovery Institute Drug and Alcohol Rehab

About Lighthouse Recovery Institute Drug and Alcohol Rehab

For those ready to enter drug rehab or alcohol rehab, coming to Lighthouse Recovery Institute can turn lives around. Patients from across the country have found the calm and peaceful setting that Florida offers to help them during recovery will readily attest to the usefulness of taking the trip. 

Lighthouse Recovery Institute provides inpatient and outpatient programs, counseling, therapy, and additional resources such as teaching sober life skills. 

Don’t let addiction dominate your life for one more day. If you are unsure whether an inpatient or outpatient drug addiction program is best to choose, we encourage you to call now and speak to a staff member. We are a call away to help guide you during your time of need and help you make the best decision for drug rehab.

We are here to support you during your time of need and help you make the best decision for yourself or your loved one.