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Group Therapy

There are numerous options available in terms of addiction treatment programs. This makes it easier to customize treatment to your or your loved one’s needs and to provide a better chance at recovery. One of those program options is group therapy, which is offered by several of the treatment centers we’ve partnered with here at Lionheart Recovery.

What is Involved in a Group Therapy Program?

Group therapy is a popular counseling method that has been used to treat a multitude of conditions for decades. In addition to addiction, this includes psychological disorders like depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Those who are participating in a group therapy program will all have the same condition—for addiction; this may be narrowed to the same kind of drug or drug type (e.g., opioids or heroin).

Participants in a group therapy program will involve a counselor or therapist and several patients. The counselor will lead the session by prompting the patients to provide their input into the conversation, usually by asking them questions or having them share their own experiences. There will be several scheduled sessions, although there isn’t always a set number and each program may require participants to attend a minimum amount. For some, participation in group therapy may last throughout a person’s treatment. This is especially true for those who join a peer support group on their own time once they’ve entered recovery, as the function is the same.

The Advantages of Group Therapy

Group therapy is often viewed as an opportunity for patients to relate with their peers to others during treatment. Everyone is given the opportunity to share their feelings and experiences with the group. The similarities amongst the group members—as people being treated for addiction, possibly to the same kind of drug—will likely mean that everyone will have similar experiences and will be able to relate to each other. For many, this aspect can be somewhat comforting and can help them open up about their problems.

Addiction often impacts a person’s social skills and ability to trust and relate to others. One facet of treatment serves to help patients regain and relearn those skills, so they are able to return to regular life in recovery. Group therapy often is used as a way for patients to practice those skills—a test run, so to speak. They are able to interact with others in a controlled environment—e.g., no distractions that may make them uncomfortable or make it difficult to communicate—that provides them an opportunity to participate, lead, and initiate conversations.

Another advantage of group therapy is that it is usually more affordable. By dividing the cost amongst the patients, the price per session is going to be significantly less. This may provide an incentive to seek and participate in treatment for some. For some, cost is a significant issue when there are financial restrictions in place, but it doesn’t always have to be. At Lionheart Recovery, we will work with you to help you find a treatment program or center that fits your or your loved one’s needs without jeopardizing your budget.

Group therapy doesn’t just save participants money for their treatment, but time as well. Sessions are designed to allow each person to use only the time that they need. This means a person does not have to force themselves to talk longer than they are comfortable with or cut themselves off when they have more to say. If a person only wants to share for a minute or two or isn’t quite ready to share anything just yet, then they don’t have to worry about sitting in uncomfortable silence and discomfort. This can be especially helpful early on in treatment when a person is still adjusting and may be stressed out by their situation.

The Disadvantages of Group Therapy

Everything has some kind of downside, including addiction treatment options. One of the most significant disadvantages of group therapy is that not everyone is comfortable sharing in a group setting. This can make things awkward or agitating for the person and/or others in the group. While some people may relax with this format as sessions continue, it can take time and hinder other aspects of their treatment in the interim. For those who may not be comfortable in a group setting, particularly those who have some form of social phobia, group therapy might not be an option.

Group therapy can also be a somewhat impersonal and unfocused treatment approach. A counselor leading a group therapy session needs to divide their attention by the number of patients present, which means that they may accidentally ignore an issue with a particular participant. The time allotted for each session is also divided, which can cause participants to limit their role in the conversation and cut down on the topics available for discussion.

Another disadvantage with group therapy is with the members of the group itself. Everyone has their own personality traits that make them stand out from the next person. Some personalities get along well with each other, which can provide harmony and collaboration in a group setting. However, there are also personalities that can clash very easily with one another, and the animosity that this often produces can spread to everyone else in the session. It can sometimes be difficult to identify conflicting personalities in a group and prevent conflicts. Fortunately, the counselor’s leading group therapy sessions will have the training to de-escalate such situations and help avoid any problems that may arise.

At Lionheart Recovery, we want to help you find the treatment plan that works for you or your loved one. Our staff will connect you with treatment centers that offer group therapy programs that fit your needs. Call today and let us find a solution, together.

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