Addiction is often referred to as a disease of loneliness. In this case, in order to treat the illness, connection is paramount. According to a study published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the value of group therapy for a person suffering from addiction can offer powerful benefits.
What is Group Therapy?
Group therapy is a type of psychotherapy where a trained therapist works with a small group of individuals who are committed toward achieving a similar goal, such as recovery from substance abuse.
Group Therapy in Addiction Treatment
Some studies have shown group therapy to be more effective than individual therapy. One of the reasons for this could be that group therapy allows people to form bonds through relatability. Addiction is a complex disease that often entails periods of isolation and detachment. By treating individuals as a group, there is more opportunity for connection as well as drawing clients into forming a community of recovery.
Our need for human contact is engrained within us at birth. We are born dependent on a caretaker to provide for and nurture us. As a result, we are biologically determined to be social creatures. Being able to relate to the shame, depression, and isolation that accompany addiction allows individuals to realize they are not alone, and more specifically identify characteristics as part of the disease rather than as deficits of themselves.
What to Expect
A typical group therapy session will last around an hour and include one or two therapists and around ten to fifteen individuals. Some sessions will target a specific issue shared within the group. Others will discuss more general topics focused on improving skills.
Most addiction recovery programs offer group therapy. How large the group and specificities of style will depend on the facility. If you are a man, entering into an all-male facility can be beneficial as it allows for men to relate more with other clients and feel more relaxed to share thoughts and feelings.
First Step Center of Arizona
In addition to offering group therapy, First Step Center of Arizona provides individualized care for each client at its inpatient residential treatment center. With only 10 beds, our all-male clientele benefit from receiving a personalized program tailored to meet specified needs.
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If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or other mental illness, don’t wait any longer, get the help you need today. To find out more about group therapy or addiction treatment at First Step Center, call us now at 866.832.6398.