Group therapy is a type of counseling provided by addiction specialists in rehab. Individual counseling takes place one-on-one with an addiction counselor. As a complement to individual counseling or stand-alone type of counseling, group sessions usually involve peers near or at the same point in their recovery. The group’s goals include symptom reduction and recovery.
A trained counselor leads group sessions and guides participants toward their goals. Most group participants have no pre-established relationships outside of the group. In many ways, this “stranger” aspect fosters honesty among peers.
Counselors conduct groups in a variety of settings, such as in residential inpatient treatment, outpatient programs or aftercare support programs. Other settings include holistic or experiential environments, such as outdoors, in a fitness center, or in a classroom.
If you’re serious about recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, group therapy activities give you effective skills for avoiding relapse. You also learn about yourself and how others see you.