What Is Group Therapy?
A medically-based detox program and individual therapy sessions are the first steps toward healing, but full recovery requires connecting with others who have similar experiences. For this reason, we’ve made group therapy one of the cornerstones of our recovery program.
Our 12 Step-informed, communal therapy sessions address a range of topics. They cover everything from emotional wellness to practical strategies for life in recovery.
Along the way, you’ll gain a fuller understanding of how drugs, alcohol, and other forms of self-medication affect the brain. You’ll learn how to discuss difficult topics in a productive way and discover the comfort in connecting with others.
How Does Group Therapy Look?
Our group facilitators are trained to provide an environment that is both challenging and supportive. They skillfully lead discussions that focus on regulating emotions in a positive way, developing skills for life in recovery, and setting achievable goals.
These communal therapies can take many shapes, but they are always conducted under the guidance of a licensed, compassionate therapist. CARUS Recovery provides a variety of group therapies, including meditative morning reflections, process groups, and practical information-based sessions.
What Topics Does Group Therapy Address?
Group therapy is a specialized form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is intended to inform participants about the science of substance abuse disorders and the social elements of mental health. In addition, counselors provide respectful advice about coping with the challenges of sobriety.
Here are some common discussion topics used in our group therapy sessions:
- Relapse Prevention
- Addiction as a Disease
- Stages of Change
- Boundaries and Communication
- The Cycle of Addiction
During these conversations, you’ll become more aware of your own physical and mental needs. You’ll reflect on the stages of pain and recovery. You’ll learn helpful guidelines for managing post-acute withdrawal symptoms.
Why Group Therapy?
Because group therapy requires authenticity and trust, it’s a wonderful environment to learn about healthy relationships. You’ll grow close to your discussion partners while establishing constructive personal boundaries. By expressing your own thoughts and feelings, you will acquire new confidence and self-respect. Together, you’ll work to discover new coping skills and strategies.
Studies have repeatedly shown that people who participate in group therapies manage their symptoms better, avoid relapse, and achieve significantly higher recovery rates. The lessons and habits you learn in community with others will follow you throughout your recovery journey—and for the rest of your life.