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Why is There Group Therapy in Rehab?

Why is There Group Therapy in Rehab?

Group therapy is beneficial for people with addiction in recovery for many reasons. Through different types of group therapy, a person can focus on treating addiction while learning to share difficult emotions openly with others. Learn more about why group therapy is used in rehab and how it supports a more holistic recovery.

What is Group Therapy?

Group therapy is a behavioral treatment used to help people display their emotions better and learn new coping skills. All groups can have therapeutic benefit but specific types of groups run by a therapist, counselor, or psychiatrist are often used to treat addiction in professional and non-professional settings. Typically they consist of:

  • A small number of individuals who share a common problem
  • Work together to find solutions
  • Are involved to end dangerous or harmful behaviors
  • Develop better habits for coping with life

How it Works

Most therapeutic settings use group therapy to capitalize on the social reinforcement offered by peer discussion. Programs like this typically use different methods but help people recover from addiction, all the same.

  • Addiction can be isolating, especially because it can impact personal relationships in group therapy.
  • People who still have friends, family, and loved ones in their lives who support recovery can benefit from attending group therapy. It may be difficult for a person with addiction to feel they are not able to speak to anyone who understands what they’re going through.
  • Encouragement is a huge part of the group therapy process. This allows people to see their situations differently and realize their beliefs, opinions, and views are not always the only ones that matter.
  • People in group therapy can slowly begin to discuss addictions and actions in a way that is safe and comfortable.
  • People receive knowledge and suggestions on coping differently with things in life rather than focus on one way.

Finding a group therapy program can be as easy as signing up for rehab. In other cases, it may be wise to seek out group therapy in a private setting outside of rehab once it ends. Support groups can be found in churches, schools, community centers, and more where members can attend as many meetings as desired. These programs are normally free and less strict than those provided  by professional facilities. Research has shown that when group therapy is offered with individual counseling, it can help achieve more positive outcomes overall in recovery. There really is no downside to trying out group therapy. It may be the best thing that ever happened to your recovery.

Serenity is a great place for people to experience the safe, community environment rehab offers. Group therapy is a key part of our process, but it is not the only thing you will be doing while in recovery. We offer many programs and services to support your journey. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401