Group therapy is effective for a number of issues such as addiction and mental health disorders. Guided by a mental health professional, clients address challenges through relationship patterns and roles that play out among other members. Clients may feel less isolated by hearing about others sharing similar struggles and learn to give and receive support from others.
Group Therapy for Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders
Group therapy for addiction and mental health issues can be an effective way to address some of the isolation and shame that often accompany these difficulties. Research indicates that group therapy can be more effective than individual counseling in some instances.
Group therapy helps clients develop:
Peer Support – Substance abuse and mental health disorders often consume an individual’s life and isolate them from the people they care about. Group therapy helps people see that they are not alone. They hear from peers with similar issues. Peers grow together and learn to hold each other accountable in word and deed. They learn the rewards of being vulnerable, having close relationships and connecting with others.
Shame Resilience – Shame typically plays a strong role in addictions. People who suffer from addictions might be self-medicating feelings from past shame and trauma by abusing drugs or alcohol. They may also experience shame about their substance abuse and resulting behaviors. Shame can feel isolating. Hearing from others who’ve experienced some of the same regrets, guilt and embarrassment can be a tremendously impactful experience for those with addictions. Promises Austin drug rehab offers The Daring WayTM shame resilience curriculum developed by acclaimed researcher, author and TED speaker Dr. Brené Brown. Learn more.
Interpersonal Skills – Through natural group dynamics that arise in group therapy, clients learn important lessons in how others perceive them. Group therapy allows clients to gain insight into parts of themselves they may hide from others, nonverbal messages they send and how others respond to their way of communicating.
Recovery Skills – Group therapy for substance abuse may focus on important recovery skills to prevent relapse. Clients may participate in educational groups about addiction to better understand and manage their disease. They’ll learn to identify and prepare for triggers. Sometimes they’ll role play with other group members to practice effectively dealing with challenges they’ll face after treatment.
Group Therapy for Addiction at Promises Austin
At Promises Austin, we offer a number of groups that help clients gain insight into their difficulties and gain healthy coping skills. Group therapy focuses on recovery topics including: trauma, relapse prevention, art therapy, nutrition, 12 Steps, spirituality, addiction education, self-care, healthy relationships and shame resilience.
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