Group therapy sessions at Unity Behavioral Health allow our clients to gain strength in numbers and lean on their peers during the difficult challenges they face while in rehab. It also helps them to gain perspective by seeing themselves through different lenses, enabling them to gain a greater understanding about their conditions and how they have negatively impacted those around them.
Isolation is the Enemy of Recovery
When people begin habitually abusing drugs and/or alcohol, they tend to become withdrawn from others, even those whose company they formerly enjoyed. Part of this is because many do not want to be judged for their substance abuse, while others isolate themselves because of depression, anxiety or other symptoms of mental illness.
Isolation is not conducive to achieving sobriety because it allows a person’s inner voice to go unchallenged, while also allowing him or her to harbor out-of-touch perspectives. In addition, it robs people of the human contact and interaction most of us need to survive. While it may seem that speaking to a therapist in a one-on-one setting is the most ideal option, group therapy with peers is an essential part of addiction recovery.
For many people, group therapy can be more even powerful and effective than individual therapy. Here are some of the ways that group therapy helps addiction patients thrive during treatment:
Combating Feelings of Isolation
By the time a patient gets to rehab, his or her substance abuse has likely caused considerable problems at home, work and/or school. This often leads to shame and guilt. Group therapy helps patients realize that they aren’t alone and that the disease of addiction has impacted others just as badly, if not more so.
Providing a Safety Net
Feelings of depression, anxiety and anger are near inevitabilities during rehab and recovery. Group rehab enables patients to healthily express these emotions during this very trying time.
Improving Social Skills
Many people with drug and/or alcohol addictions have grown accustomed to using substance abuse as a crutch in social situations. Group therapy serves as one of the initial social situations in which patients are forced to interact without the aid of drugs or alcohol.
Giving a Glimpse in the Mirror
An addiction patient may not be able to see himself clearly. By watching other patients in similar situations and with similar stories, he can see things about himself he’s never noticed before.
It may be easier for rehab and recovery patients to lie to themselves about substance abuse than it is to lie to their peers, especially when those peers have gone through the same thing. Group therapy adds an extra layer of accountability for patients during and potentially after treatment.
I do not want to take the journey to recovery completely alone.
Unity Behavioral Health enhances the patient experience during rehab by conducting group therapy sessions. These allow patients to learn from one another, motivate each other and find strength in numbers.
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Find Strength in Numbers
While there are certain aspects of rehab that patients must engage with on their own, there are many others that are easier with the help of a team. Groups help individual patients accomplish things they might never be able to alone. One of the first things group therapy does is make it so patients can immediately fit in and feel like they’re a part of something bigger.
Group therapy also gives patients the opportunity to make lifelong friends who can provide support long after graduation from rehab.
The early stages of inpatient rehab can be frightening and overwhelming. Group therapy places new patients with experienced recoverees who can help ease this transition. Additionally, the integration of new and experienced addiction recovery clients allows new patients to see what recovery looks like and can provide hope that if one person can make it that far, they can as well. On the other side, it puts experienced patients in a position of responsibility and leadership, which will ease their own transition back into everyday life following rehab.
Group therapy also gives patients the opportunity to make lifelong friends who can provide support long after graduation from rehab. The immediate weeks and months following treatment are often difficult for recoverees because many struggle to find sober friends and hangouts that are free of drugs and alcohol. Patients who healed together in group therapy are ideally positioned to help each other get through the many difficulties of recovery and maintaining sobriety.
Unity Behavioral Health Group Therapy Program
The most basic and common goal of any addiction treatment program is to give patients back the tools required to live a healthy life free of substance abuse. At Unity Behavioral Health, we utilize group therapy on a daily basis. Each of our group sessions is facilitated by an experienced clinical professional and tailored to meet the needs of each individual.
Every afternoon, clients will participate in caseload process groups. These are small, personalized and intimate groups with a primary therapist. Group sizes are no larger than eight people. In the mornings, patients will participate in various groups focused on different topics, including:
- Coping Mechanisms
- Anger Management
- Addiction Disease Concept
We also offer gender-specific and age-specific groups to help patients gain an even greater sense of comfort.
Along with groups each day at Unity Behavioral Health, we also go to outside AA/NA (Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous) meetings every evening.
The 12-step program may not be for everyone, but we feel that it is an essential experience and opportunity to get out in the community and learn about others’ recovery processes.
Our experienced addiction care specialists at UBH combine group therapy, individual counseling, holistic treatments and many other modalities to help patients in their pursuit of sobriety. We invite you to learn more about how we can help you or someone you care for overcome addiction. Contact us today at 561-812-5500 to learn more.