Group therapy can be vital for those struggling with substance use disorders. It can help people communicate their thoughts and feelings, connect with others, and begin to understand their behaviors and the causes of their addictions. Group sessions at our Christian drug rehabilitation center are held in a safe and confidential space to ensure clients feel comfortable enough to share their struggles and achievements in recovery. Today, Faith in Recovery shares some of the most common addiction group topics we discuss in our sessions and activities that can facilitate long-term sobriety.
Group therapy is a common form of psychotherapy that entails one or more therapists who facilitate and lead groups of people with a common struggle. A licensed and trained therapist always guides group therapy sessions, but the benefits come from communication with other group members.
These groups treat multiple people at once, unlike individual therapy, which is centered on a therapist treating someone in a one-on-one setting. The purpose of group therapy is to offer participants a safe space where they can engage with others in the recovery community and listen to their experiences. It also helps many navigate different relapse prevention strategies, enabling them to express their thoughts and emotions.
Group sessions are strictly confidential, ensuring that all participants feel safe enough to express themselves openly and honestly. Like other therapies, substance abuse group sessions can be conducted in all types of spaces, including hospitals, private therapy practices, community centers, and mental health clinics. However, group therapy is frequently conducted at a rehab facility, like our Christian drug rehab, as part of treatment for drug or alcohol addiction.
Group therapy treats a wide range of conditions, including mental health and substance use disorders. In a group therapy session, members discuss core problems that contribute to their addictions and proper coping strategies. Group members support one another in exploring their addictions and offer each other peer support.
Many people find the thought of discussing these matters in a group more intimidating than individual therapy because of the vulnerability required to openly communicate in this manner. However, a huge range of benefits come along with sharing feelings, struggles, and achievements in a group setting that an individual otherwise wouldn’t get from individual sessions.
Group therapy benefits include:
Group therapy also offers participants the opportunity to meet a recovery sponsor. Especially in 12-step meetings, certain participants who are “veterans” in recovery may be asked to sponsor individuals who are newer to sobriety. Recovery sponsors offer guidance during challenging situations.
Support systems like therapy groups can help members gain self-awareness and offer them a sense of community. Group sessions also provide people with structure and consistency, which can be very useful when it comes to sticking with a relapse prevention plan.
There’s a variety of group topics for addiction that therapists will discuss with participants over time. Depending on how long sessions are, how often the group meets, and how long the program itself is, participants and therapists may spend anywhere from one to several sessions on addiction group therapy topics. Therapists may also have participants partake in acting out scenarios.
Some common group topics for addiction recovery our therapists discuss include:
Group therapy is just one of the many faith-based addiction recovery programs offered at our rehab center. From levels of care like medically assisted detox and outpatient treatment to substance-specific rehab programs, our facility can offer you or a loved one everything needed for long-term sobriety.
For more information about our Christ-centered addiction treatment, call Faith in Recovery today at 888-280-4763 or send us your contact information to speak to an admission specialist.
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