Group therapy is clearly helpful for people going through addiction recovery. But many people don’t understand just how helpful this type of therapy can be for them.
Addiction treatment group sessions bring people suffering the same problems together. When therapy begins, most members have suffered lost relationships or damaged their relationships so much that they will require work for repair. This trail of broken relationships leaves individuals in recovery feeling alone and unsupported.
In group therapy, people in similar situations engage with each other and form strong bonds. Your group sessions will give you some of the closest, most honest relationships you will ever experience. Group members support each other, discuss problems openly, hold each other accountable, and help each other get through hard times. You may hesitate to go into group therapy at first, but you’ll soon see it as the most welcoming place you’ve ever been.
Group sessions are usually set up with seating in a circle. This allows everyone in the group to make eye contact with each other. When one person is speaking, everyone can hear that person clearly and see their body language. This provides greater authenticity, understanding, as well as productivity among members.
During group therapy, participants gain a great deal of insight into themselves by working through problems. They also learn about themselves from others in the group. Watching others can be like holding a mirror up to yourself.
In this type of therapy, you also gain self-confidence, relationship development skills, and the ability to clearly consider others’ criticism. With a boost in self-esteem, you’ll then have the confidence to build or strengthen relationships outside of your program.