At The Process Recovery Center, we know that group therapy is one of the most commonly used treatment choices in substance abuse treatment programs nationwide.
Now, you may be wondering why group therapy is beneficial. Or, you may be asking questions such as, “I have my own personal issues which need to be addressed, and dealt with; why would I want to open up in front of a group of people I barely know?” Or, “how are complete strangers who are also addicts going to help me?” Each question is valid and quite are quite commonly heard from clients.
It is important to remember, addiction often creates an emotional disconnect from others resulting from a brain hijacked by the use of drugs and/or alcohol. This disconnect is quite damaging as it often results in feelings of low self-esteem, isolation, anxiety, and depression. Our sessions are focused on conquering these feelings.
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Group therapy occurs three nights a week and serves as a powerful method for addicts to reconnect and begin to feel healthy again through the relationships they experience during the group process. Additional benefits of groups include and are not limited to the following:
- In a group, a client experiences the benefits immediately as he begins to relate to the other members reminding him that he is not alone in his struggles. The most powerful words any suffering addict who believes he is alone are ‘me, too’ Group members understand what each is going through is universal, and no one is alone.
- Being part of a person’s recovery, and personal growth often instills hope and empowerment to the fellow group members.
- Addicts are very adept at recognizing and confronting the various denial systems (Stinking thinking) which keep them stuck in their addiction. These interactions help group members avoid thinking and behaviors which are destructive and can lead to relapse.
- Through participation in a group, members take accountability for their own lives, as well as gain a sense of belonging, and acceptance.
- The therapist is able to observe how clients interact with one another, as well as recreate the same dysfunctional coping styles which contributed to their addiction. These observations allow the therapist to provide valuable feedback they may not have been able to limit to only an individual therapy session.