When recovering from substance abuse, group therapy is a valuable treatment option. However, many people struggle to attend group sessions due to the fear of opening up.
This is understandable, and our team at Red Oak Recovery® knows how difficult it is to talk about your addiction. We’ll stand by your side in rehab and recovery, and through it all, give you the strength to prevail when an obstacle arises.
Benefits of Group Therapy
Did you know that group therapy is a core aspect of substance abuse recovery? Moreover, it’s proven to be an extremely effective way of promoting positive growth and change.
This psychosocial treatment typically targets a specific substance abuse and gives you the outlet to open up about your struggles. By doing so, you will gain a better understanding of your addiction and set goals for your recovery. Other benefits include:
- Support and encouragement
- Perspective through discussion
- Behavioral improvements
- Builds trust and understanding
Group therapy can be intimidating at first glance, but it’s more rewarding than most people think. By hearing others’ stories, some of which will be very similar to your own, you can relate to others and gain the perspective you need to continue in recovery.
These small group sessions will help you reconnect and gain insight on your addiction. They are regularly accompanied by individual therapy and treatment as well, including our 12 step addiction recovery. Support is necessary for success in rehab, and this treatment option provides encouragement and a supporting cast that can relate to your substance abuse.
Working in Groups
You more than likely have a lot of questions before entering a group therapy session. What should I share? How much should I open up about? Will anyone have addiction stories like mine?
It’s completely normal to have these feelings before any addiction therapy services and it’s important to feel comfortable during any counseling session. Always remember that you’re not the only one who is opening up and asking these same questions. By sharing your story, you’ll start to understand the roots of your addiction and the causes behind it.
At first, the other group members will be strangers to you, but after multiple sessions, you’ll begin to see them as friends and some of the best support you have. As you can see, the impact of group therapy can make a huge difference in your recovery.
Is Group Therapy Effective?
Substance abuse is commonly known for being a lonely disease, but group therapy gives you companionship and understanding. Giving and gaining support from others with similar issues is an effective way of finding insight, relief, and confidence during rehab and recovery.
It may be difficult to see the solution to your problem, possibly because you’re too close to it emotionally. By talking through your struggles in a group, you’ll receive positive feedback and encouragement in a non-judgemental environment.
Not only is group therapy effective, but the many other therapies and treatments offered at Red Oak are also effective ways to gain a stable life in recovery:
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The first step to a successful recovery is deciding to seek help. Red Oak Recovery® is proud to provide the best possible recovery services to our clients, with respect and integrity.
You’ll never face your substance abuse alone at Red Oak Recovery®. Overcome your addiction today and begin your journey to sobriety at one of our beautiful campuses.