Addiction is an intricate disease that is not treated through easy solutions.
Individuals who are grappling with the physical, behavioral, psychological, and emotional obstacles of addiction require treatment that is effective in addressing the issues that have led to the development of his or her addiction. Group therapy can be a priceless tool in helping to achieve this goal.
Group therapy is a method of care that serves as an experience for all patients who participate. Each session is typically led by one counselor, however if a session is larger and has numerous patients, more than one therapist will help lead the group.
Similar to individual therapy, group therapy requires patients to uncover and process the behavioral and emotional components that have contributed to their addiction. It is important to remember that addiction rarely develops out of thin air, as external causes often fuel the fire. For example, issues such as low self-esteem, abuse, the presence of a mental health disorder(s), and trauma can all play a role in the development of a substance abuse problem. Within the safe environment that is group therapy, patients can investigate and speak about these issues, as well as other topics that pertain to addiction and recovery.
One of the primary reasons why group therapy is effective in treating addiction is because counselors and patients work together to share insights, thoughts, and experiences. Some of the main principles of group therapy include the following:
- Universality – Alleviating feelings related to isolation by connecting to one another through sharing commonalities
- Self-understanding – Helping a patient obtain insight into his or her own challenges through listening to the successes and obstacles of others
- Interpersonal learning – Learning from the experiences of other patients all while contributing one’s own experiences
- Altruism – Seeing the benefit of adding to the quality of others’ lives
- Hope – Recognizing that other patients have overcome addiction struggles and believing that to be possible for oneself
- Information – Obtaining education on addiction and recovery
- Imitative behavior – Establishing skills and strategies through watching other patients and counselors displaying positive behaviors
- Cohesiveness – Feeling as if one belongs, as well as feeling validated by sharing one’s journey with others
- Catharsis – Experiencing freedom from feelings of shame, guilt, etc. by processing these emotions in a public setting
At East Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we are proud to offer group therapy, as we believe in its ability to bring value to a patient’s comprehensive medication assisted treatment plan. We are able to bring counselors and patients together in a nonjudgmental environment where collaboration is championed. Group therapy provides a space for patients to talk about their challenges and their achievements, as well as offers a place to learn information, gather insight, and obtain support.
There is no quick or easy way to free an individual from the confines of addiction. Instead, it takes effective, comprehensive care that can bring about success for an individual. For those struggling with an opioid addiction, medication assisted treatment that incorporates therapeutic interventions can help men and women begin living lives filled with happiness and good health.
If you or someone you love is in need of comprehensive care that only East Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Centers can offer, reach out to us today.