Group therapy provides a safe place to share your experiences with peers in recovery. This type of therapy involves three or more members who discuss addiction and learn about their disease. Groups also explore topics that relate to substance abuse, relationships, life skills, recovery and relapse prevention. All of this takes place under the guidance of a therapist who sets goals for the group and makes sure everyone stays on track toward those goals.
What is group therapy?
Group therapy is a type of counseling that helps to treat mental health disorders, substance abuse, and addiction. Many people benefit from group counseling due to peer support.
When you participate in group therapy, you gain support, greater self-awareness, self-confidence, and a clear view of what your peers experience during recovery. At the same time, you provide support for members who need it. They look to you for feedback and watch your progress to help them in their journey away from substance abuse.
Group therapies take place in detox, rehab and community service centers. There are also group therapy sessions and support groups available through mental health services, private medical clinics, and hospitals.
Benefits of Group Counseling Sessions
Group counseling provides many benefits. These therapies introduce you to other people going through addiction treatment and recovery. You also build relationships, learning alongside your peers. You see you do not walk alone on your path to sobriety.
In this group setting, you share experiences. You also gain insight from others’ experiences. You learn how to stop engaging in negative behaviors while practicing healthier ones. All of this builds your self-esteem and confidence in dealing with others.
Group therapy assists in the treatment of:
- Alcohol addiction
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Prescription painkiller addiction
- Opiate addiction
- Stimulant, depressant and antidepressant abuse
- Hallucinogen abuse
- Narcotic abuse
You get the most out of your group sessions by keeping yourself open to what you can learn. Giving and accepting feedback helps yourself and others during group. Spending time balancing listening and sharing will help you get the most out of group therapy.
Six Stages of Group Therapy
Therapists guide the group through six stages. These stages include the time before you consider changing your behaviors, called precontemplation. You feel almost forced to attend group sessions during this stage.
During contemplation, you start thinking about quitting your substance abuse. The preparation stage includes planning to quit your substance abuse while seeing your drugs cause harmful consequences. The action stage involves taking your first steps toward lasting sobriety, making real changes in your life.
When you reach the maintenance stage of group therapy, you’re doing your best to remain drug-free. During this time you focus on avoiding relapse. You may even achieve complete recovery in the maintenance stage.
Recurrence takes place in group treatment when you suffer a relapse. You return in one of your earlier stages of recovery, quickly rebuilding your sobriety. You also rebuild with better awareness and understanding of what caused you to relapse.
Group Therapy in a Los Angeles Rehab
In Los Angeles, Melrose Recovery Group provides a full spectrum of addiction treatment services for adults struggling with opioids and other substances. This treatment starts in detox and continues through inpatient rehab. Inpatient treatment at Melrose Recovery Group includes:
- Detox with 30-day Suboxone maintenance and tapering
- Art, music, physical fitness, and nutrition therapy
- Evidence-based therapies
- Adventure, experiential and team sports therapies
- Family programs and therapies
At Melrose Recovery Group you can dream of a better life. You just need the right help to get you to that life you imagine. Contact Melrose Recovery Group now at 866-271-3438 for more information about available programs.