When people think about addiction therapy, they tend to think of the therapist’s couch: that is, the traditional, one-on-one variety. There is little question that individual therapy during addiction treatment can play a vital role in the recovery process. Individual therapy by itself, however, does not always address the important interpersonal relationships or need for social support that is crucial to long-term recovery. As numerous addiction treatment specialists have pointed out,* human beings are social creatures. As such, it makes sense that group therapy — often used in conjunction with individual therapy — would be an ideal treatment for conditions like substance use disorder.
At our group therapy program in FL, the team at GIA Miami is confident that of the many treatment approaches offered to patients, our group therapy program plays a decisive role in their recovery. Before beginning group therapy, it is worth learning more about it. It is especially important to understand what to expect in group therapy sessions and the unique benefits of a group therapy program.
What to Expect in Group Therapy
For people who have ever experienced group therapy, it can be difficult to know what to expect. Despite what you may have experienced in the past or seen depicted in the media, it is different from the group work done in 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). The interactions within 12-step programs tend to focus on sharing challenges and successes, which can be useful in terms of inspiration and accountability. While group therapy sessions offer a similar opportunity to encourage and celebrate the wins of peers in recovery, the primary focus tends to be structured around providing useful tools and coping strategies to better manage mental health and important relationships. Groups may also provide educational materials to patients related to the biological, psychological, and environmental causes and triggers of addiction, as well as how to prepare for and respond to such triggers. When you attend a group therapy session at GIA Miami, you can expect:
- A small group of 6-10 individuals who are also focused on recovery
- Sessions led by a trained therapist who is aware of the recovery goals of each member of the group
- Regularly scheduled sessions that last between 60-90 minutes
- An atmosphere of trust and mutual support where patients are free to speak openly about their experiences and seek input from others
In group therapy, you will see that you are not alone. And in most cases, with the guidance of your therapist and peers in recovery, you will begin to see a change almost immediately.
The Benefits of Group Therapy
There are numerous benefits to enrolling in GIA’s group therapy program in FL. Among these are:
- In group therapy, we focus on the idea that no one in recovery is alone, and peers may find comfort in similar or shared experiences surrounding addiction. By listening to the experiences of your peers in recovery, we hope that you will feel less isolated and more empowered.
- One of the essential components of lasting recovery is a strong support network. In group therapy at GIA, you will both give and receive support, which makes it an excellent opportunity to build that network.
- Many patients enter group therapy feeling that they are unworthy of the attention or praise of others. Group therapy offers a space in which you can work through these feelings experientially, in order to become more comfortable and skilled at recognizing your personal strengths and achievements.
- Group therapy encourages socialization and will help improve your ability to communicate effectively. These are essential skills that help individuals to manage conflict, set appropriate boundaries, and assert needs within relationships.
Quality addiction treatment centers will have a trained medical professional, certified addiction professional, or therapist who facilitates group therapy sessions at their facility.
Contact GIA Miami to Learn More
The facilitators of our group therapy program at GIA have years of experience in helping people rebuild their lives and work toward personally meaningful recovery goals. If you or someone you know is struggling, GIA is here to help. Contact GIA online or call us at 833.713.0828.