Group therapy is a powerful and effective tool for anyone who is suffering from addiction. We believe in the therapeutic value of “one addict helping another.” This help is achieved throughout the group therapy process.
Recovery from addiction can feel like a scary and lonely mountain to climb. We want you to know that these feelings could not be further from the actual truth. Addiction is a cunning, baffling, powerful, and corroding force which affects every facet of the addict’s life.
First and foremost, we want you to know that if you suffer from this debilitating disease, you are not alone. If you have made the decision to get help, we wish to tell you, congratulations on this life changing decision. Everyday people in active addiction make the decision to seek help.
If you want to stay clean and sober, making the decision to receive treatment is paramount for your success.
There are countless recovering drug addicts before you that have lit the path to safety and serenity.
How Will Group Therapy Help?
Group therapy is one of the many techniques used to ensure that your recovery is a successful one. Group therapy works by one or two professionals in the field of addiction acting as the facilitator of a group.
A standard group size is about five to ten participants. The skilled professionals are not there to lecture the group, instead, the facilitators are there to share information and foster a safe and effective learning environment.
The group therapy setting will allow participants to share with one another in a safe and secure environment. The caring and skilled professional will be there to guide the group and redirect the discussion if it becomes stagnant or sways in the direction of no longer being helpful.
One aspect that many people in successful long-term recovery agree on, is the benefits received from attending group therapy sessions. Addiction is a very powerful disease. The disease of addiction is the only disease that speaks to us in our own voice.
Many recovering addicts agree, that had they been left to their own devices, they would have ended up in one of three places – jails, institutions, or dead.
The true basis for recovery is connection and relation with others. Often times, group therapy offered at residential treatment centers is the addict’s first introduction to other people who are suffering from the same affliction and want a way out.
Benefits of Group Therapy
Sharing is healing
It has been stated that addicts “are only as sick as their secrets.” The act of sharing our dreams, hopes, fears, failures, and successes can have an immense effect on our personal recovery.
Group Setting Can Be Intimidation for the Newcomer
This is especially true if you are a naturally shy or reserved individual. We want you to know that the group process is not a frightening one. Many past participants of group therapy, who were unsure in the beginning, agree that the rewards far outweigh any risks. Their initial belief was one of doubt, however, the end result was magical.
Plunges into addiction do not happen overnight. Neither doe the recovery from addiction. We urge you to be patient with yourself, the treatment process, and your recovery milestones.