What Is Group Therapy for Addiction?
Group therapy involves discussions that are designed to focus on and address specific issues that people are facing in their addiction struggles and in their lives.
Some of the concerns being tackled regularly in group therapy for addiction settings may include:
- Substance abuse
- Drug use
- Alcohol abuse disorder
- Social anxiety
- Panic disorder
Typically, a group therapy session will look like this:
- At least one psychologist
- Anywhere from 5-15 patients
- One- or two-hour meetings
- Meetings held once per week
Some of those attending group therapy for addiction may also have individual, one-on-one therapy sessions to work on individual issues in a private setting. They may also supplement therapy work by participating in holistic treatments designed with a whole body and mind approach, and dual diagnosis treatments to address underlying issues at the root of a substance abuse disorder.
What Are The Benefits of Group Therapy For Addiction?
Sitting in a room with a group of strangers and sharing intimate and often difficult details of your life likely sounds intimidating to you. But group therapy for addiction with Avedis Recovery provides many benefits that individual therapy alone may not. Some psychologists have noted that those participating in group therapy for their addiction are often shocked by how rewarding and beneficial their group therapy sessions end up being. Some of these benefits include:
A Safe Space to Share
Group therapy for addiction helps you build not only a strong support network of peers working to overcome similar issues but also it operates as a safe sounding board for your specific struggles, ideas, and positive thoughts. Sometimes, simply naming and saying your issues out loud to others can be a positive step to overcoming those issues. Group therapy provides such a platform. All of our programs at Avedis Recovery are 12-step-informed. We encourage people to attend 12-step meetings like Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, or another program.
Taking New Ideas on Board
Other members of your group therapy sessions may offer up new ideas that you can utilize for improving a situation or overcoming a current or future challenge you may face during your recovery.
The members of your addiction therapy group will become the people capable of holding you accountable along your journey of healing and recovery. You’ll work hard, in part, to report back on progress, and start laying the foundation of what will become a lifetime of success.
Putting Things Into Perspective
Regularly listening to others share their unique experiences, struggles, and successes will help put your own problems into perspective.
Learning That You’re Not Alone
Many people experience addiction issues in life, but so few speak openly about these trials and tribulations. The result can be that you end up feeling like you are the only one struggling — but you’re absolutely not. Avedis Recovery’s group therapy for addiction in Los Angeles will put you at ease, to learn that you’re not alone in your struggles or in your recovery goals.
Diversity of Thought and Experience
Diversity of thought and experience is a massive benefit of group therapy. Since everyone has a different personality and a unique upbringing, they look at situations in different ways. Hearing about how others face their problems and work to make a positive change in their lives, you will learn new methods for confronting and conquering your own issues.
Learn More at Our Los Angeles Outpatient Rehab
If you are struggling with a drug or alcohol dependency, starting group therapy for addiction could be part of the answer you need to get your life back on track. Contact Avedis Recovery using our secure online form or call us confidentially at 833.514.0579 today.