Addiction is a disease that is not easily solved through simple approaches.
Individuals battle with the behavioral, physical, psychological, and emotional aspects of addiction. Therefore, in order to provide the best form of well-rounded care, treatment programs must be prepared to acknowledge and address each of those issues and how they contributed or developed in response to the addiction. Group therapy is an excellent way for individuals to achieve this goal.
Within a group therapy setting, individuals will simultaneously participate with one another. Small groups of participants are led by one counselor, while bigger groups are led by many counselors.
Similar to individual therapy, group therapy in a medication assisted treatment program is designed to help individuals recognize and work through their behavioral and emotional issues that contributed to or stem from their addictions. It is important to note that addiction rarely ever develops out of thin air, as external issues like pressure, stress, trauma, mental health conditions, a history of abuse, low self-esteem, and so on can trigger and/or fuel an addiction. Group therapy offers individuals the space to work through these challenges, as well as other issues that pertain to addiction and recovery.
Group therapy is effective for a number of reasons, which include the talents of the counselor and the participation of the other individuals. Below are some of the primary objectives of group therapy:
- Universality – Reducing feelings of isolation through realizing the similarities of other individuals’ feelings to one’s own
- Self-understanding – Learning more about oneself through listening to other participants talk about their journeys
- Interpersonal learning – Learning from the experiences of others all while consistently sharing one’s one feelings and understandings
- Altruism – Seeing the benefit in contributing to others’ wellbeing
- Hope – Recognizing that others have overcome similar challenges and feeling that oneself can accomplish the same achievements
- Information – Obtaining an education on addiction and recovery
- Imitative behavior – Obtaining new, positive skills just by watching the actions of counselors and other participants
- Cohesiveness – Feeling like one belongs and has purpose by receiving validation from others in the group who can relate to the individual
- Catharsis – Feeling free from heavy emotions like shame by talking with others about one’s struggles
At Sacramento Comprehensive Treatment Center, we recognize how important group therapy is within a medication assisted treatment program. By allowing patients to collaborate with one another in a welcoming and secure environment, we are able to establish a place wherein individuals can share all aspects of their recovery in ways that benefit everyone involved. Group therapy has the ability to offer critical information, support, and therapeutic insights that can encourage an individual to continue seeking long-term recovery.
There is no one simple solution or medication that can end an opioid addiction. Within a medication assisted treatment program, however, several treatment components are blended so that each individual can yield the success that programs such as these have been proven to provide. Group therapy is viewed as an essential element to this approach.
If you or someone you care for is struggling with addiction and can benefit from group therapy or other aspects of medication assisted treatment, reach out to us right now.