What is the Purpose of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse?
Due to the complexity of addiction, there is no singular cure. In order for individuals struggling with chemical dependency to achieve sobriety, they must tackle the psychological, behavioral, physical, and emotional components of addiction. Achieving success within a treatment program involves gaining an understanding as to why substance abuse and addiction occurred in the first place. Among the treatment methods in existence, group therapy is one of the most effective types of interventions used to help those battling addiction come to understand the root causes of their self-destructive behaviors.
Group therapy is a therapeutic medium that involves multiple patients within a single session. These sessions are typically led by one counselor, although some sessions may include multiple professionals in addition to several patients.
The goal of group therapy within addiction treatment is to help patients recognize both the social and emotional influences that may have contributed to their decision to turn to opioids in the first place. It is extremely common for external stressors to contribute to the abuse of substances and group therapy provides patients the opportunity to discuss these contributors, as well as additional issues related to recovery and addiction.
Group therapy is successful due to the contributions of the counselor leading the sessions as well as the individual patients who share their own experiences, emotions, and perceptions while in session. The following are the central goals and philosophies of group therapy:
- Universality: Helping to ease feelings of segregation by highlighting the common feelings and occurrences between members of the group.
- Self-understanding: Acquiring understanding into one’s own problems by listening to other group members communicate their progression as well as their setbacks.
- Interpersonal learning: Learning from the opinions and experiences of other group members, while also being able to openly communicate one’s own perception and understanding.
- Altruism: Feeling the importance of contributing to the improvement of others’ lives.
- Hope: Realizing that others have risen above difficult situations or emotions that one may currently be experiencing.
- Information: Educating oneself about the disease of addiction, as well as the recovery process.
- Imitative behavior: Acquiring new abilities and tactics by observing the positive behaviors of both the counselors and others in the group.
- Cohesiveness: Feeling a sense of fitting in, determination, and justification by sharing the therapeutic experience with others.
- Catharsis: Experiencing freedom from embarrassment or other emotional pain by publicly communicating one’s own struggles
Objectives of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse
Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers believes in the importance of incorporating group therapy within our comprehensive medication assisted treatment programs. By providing patients with counselor-led structured sessions, individuals are able to come together to openly communicate their struggles and successes amongst other patients who truly understand addiction. Group therapy provides patients with the education, insights, and support required to successfully achieve long-term sobriety.
While there is no singular cure to break free from the chains of addiction, Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers provide a comprehensive approach that gives patients the tools necessary to achieve recovery. By utilizing group therapy within our comprehensive approach, patients have proven to be highly successful in recovery.
If you or someone you love would benefit from group therapy as well as the other program components of Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact us today.