Group therapy involves a number of individuals that have had similar experiences with addiction, guided by an experienced therapist that is trained to help them explore issues and learn healthy ways for addressing those issues.

What is Group Therapy?

Group therapy differs from support groups like AA and NA, in that a trained therapist oversees and guides the sessions. There are four basic types of group therapy that might be incorporated into an addiction treatment program:

  • Psychoeducational Groups – education about substance abuse and its effects
  • Skill Development Groups – members learn skills necessary to achieve long-term sobriety
  • Cognitive Behavioral Groups – negative methods of thinking are identified and reversed
  • Psychotherapy – focuses on past relationships and dynamics that contributed to addiction

Benefits of Group Therapy

There are a number of reasons why group therapy is usually a standard part of any addiction treatment program:

  • Provides opportunity to connect with others dealing with similar issues
  • Addresses feelings of isolation and loneliness that are common with addiction
  • Teaches new, healthy ways of interacting with others to overcome addiction
  • Customized to meet the needs of all the member of the group

Some studies have suggested that group therapy can be just as effective – or even more effective – for some individuals going through addiction treatment.

Do You Need Group Therapy?

Group therapy is often a requirement for individuals that enter an addiction treatment program. Group therapy often starts at the beginning of the treatment process and may continue for as long you need it. To learn more about options in group therapy, or find out if this treatment modality is right for you, contact Treatment Now.