The Recovery Center offers a dynamic approach to group therapy. Group sessions are vital components that are integrated into each individual’s treatment plan. This can be altered based on the individual’s specific needs and the clinical appropriateness determined by the treatment team.
How Does Group Therapy Work?
We at The Recovery Center pride ourselves on the effectiveness of the ‘group’. Our groups are all gender-specific and group sizes are limited to eight (8) to twelve (12) members. Patients are typically in the same group throughout the course of treatment.
So what does a typical group therapy session look like? In many cases, the group will meet in a room where the chairs are arranged in a large circle so that each member can see every other person in the group. Often times, sessions begin with introductions and explanations for members attendance in group. Members might also share their experiences and progress since the last meeting. Group is an opportunity to process treatment assignments and to set personal goals.
The specific manner in which the session is conducted depends largely on the goals of the group and the style of the therapist. Some therapists might encourage a more free-form style of dialogue, where each member participates as he or she sees fit. Other therapists instead have a specific plan for each session that might include having patients practice new skills with other members of the group.
The Effectiveness of Group Therapy
We at The Recovery Center believe in the power of the group. This belief is based on the years of our tenured staff facilitating and witnessing the healing of individuals and families, within the group therapy setting, from the devastating effects of addiction. Whether you need drug therapy, alcohol therapy, or any other type of addiction, we can help.
The key advantages of group therapy include¹:
- Group therapy allows people to receive the support and encouragement of the other members of the group. People participating in the group are able to see that there are others going through the same thing, which can help them feel less alone.
- Group members can serve as role models to other members of the group. By seeing someone who is successfully coping with a problem, other members of the group can see that there is hope and recovery is possible. As each person progresses, they can in turn serve as a role model and support figure for others. This can help foster feelings of purpose and accomplishment.
- Group therapy offers a safe haven. The setting allows people to practice behaviors and actions within the safety and security of the group.²
- By working in a group, the therapist can see first-hand how each person responds to other people and behaves in social situations. Using this information, the therapist can provide valuable feedback to each client.
¹Dies, R.R. (1993). Research on group psychotherapy: Overview and clinical applications. In Anne Alonso & Hillel I. Swiller (Eds.), Group therapy in clinical practice. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press.
²Manor, O. (1994). Group psychotherapy. In Petrūska Clarkson & Michael Pokorny (Eds.), The handbook of psychotherapy. New York, NY: Routledge.
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