Therapy is a foundational part of many addiction treatment programs. During group therapy sessions, individuals learn about the experiences of others, talk about the challenges they faced in recovery, and find support for their journey. At Awakenings Recovery Center, group therapy is a core part of our treatment plans. While we incorporate different individual therapies into these plans as well, each one of our clients will participate in group therapy several times a week.
How Group Therapy Supports Recovery
Why do we believe that group therapy is the foundation of recovery? During group therapy sessions, you’ll learn how to open up to those around you and how to better communicate your thoughts and needs. Many of those in recovery are working to not only rebuild their relationship with themselves but with their loved ones as well. Group therapy can help you effectively communicate with your friends and family members and can help you learn the skills you need to restore trust.
In addition, in group therapy, our clients build a community with their peers. Addiction can be isolating. It’s easy to begin to feel like no one else understands what you are going through. However, in group therapy sessions, you’ll find that other individuals in your treatment program have faced similar challenges in life. You’ll gain perspective on your own experiences by listening to other clients as they open up.
Some of the other benefits of group therapy include:
- Reduced stress
- Increased levels of confidence and self-esteem
- Help with learning healthy coping skills
- Feedback from experienced therapists
- Lifelong friendships
If you think that group therapy for addiction could help you heal, contact the Awakenings team today.
What to Expect in Group Therapy
Before starting a treatment program that includes group therapy, it can be helpful to know what to expect. Some people worry that they will be asked to share their most painful experiences or open up about things they are ashamed of right away. However, in these therapy programs, a primary goal is for clients to feel supported. Building trust with other group members and with a therapist is important.
You can expect your therapist or clinical team member to guide each session. They will ask questions, moderate discussion, and help different group members begin to open up.
The room might be set up with chairs in a small circle so that you can see each member of the group or with couches so that you can feel comfortable during the session. You’ll be able to introduce yourself and talk about why you’re in treatment, but you don’t need to get into great detail right away. Your therapist might decide to focus on a specific topic on certain days and allow other days for more open-ended discussion. As you participate, remember that listening to the experiences of others is just as important as opening up yourself.
Contact Awakenings Recovery Center Today
At Awakenings Recovery Center, we offer residential treatment for those who are struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol. In our treatment center, group therapy is a cornerstone of what we do. One of our goals is for you to develop a strong network of support both while you’re in treatment and when you re-enter everyday life. Support from others can help you maintain your sobriety even when life gets difficult.
If you’re ready to begin your journey to recovery, contact our team today. We offer hope for those who want to overcome addiction to opioids, prescription drugs, alcohol, heroin, and other substances. You can reach out to Awakenings Recovery Center at 833.297.4343 or contact us online to learn more.