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What is Purpose of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse?
Addiction is an intricate disorder that does not respond to simple solutions.
Individuals who are addicted to substances battle with psychological, behavioral, physical, and emotional challenges. For medication assisted treatment programs to be as effective as possible, it is imperative that they encourage patients to address all issues that contributed to an individual’s addiction in one way or another. Group therapy can be an excellent means of accomplishing this objective.
Group therapy is a therapeutic intervention where numerous patients work together simultaneously. Small group therapy sessions are led by one counselor, while larger group therapy sessions are led by more than one counselor.
Like individual therapy, group therapy in addiction treatment is geared towards helping patients pinpoint and handle the behavioral and emotional aspects that added to their addiction. A substance abuse problem very rarely ever occurs out of thin air. Instead, external forces such as trauma, abuse, stress, pressure, self-esteem problems, mood disorders, and many more often serve as a catalyst for substance abuse.
Group therapy provides patients with an atmosphere in which they can talk through these issues and how they relate to addiction and recovery. Group therapy is highly effective when the counselor is knowledgeable and the group participants actively partake in the sessions by sharing their insights, thoughts, and experiences. Below are some of the fundamental principles of group therapy:
- Universality – Removing feelings of isolation by pointing out the commonality of feelings and experiences amongst those in the group
- Self-understanding – Obtaining insights into one’s own personal problems by listening to others in the group talk through their achievements and hang-ups
- Interpersonal learning – Internalizing what is learned from the expressed thoughts of others, all while sharing one’s own feelings and beliefs
- Altruism – Seeing how beneficial it can be to add betterment to another’s life
- Hope – Recognizing that others have defeated similar obstacles that one may be facing, and feeling that one can do the same as well
- Information – Getting educated on the disease of addiction and the recovery process
- Imitative behavior – Learning new skills by watching the positive behaviors of others, including the counselor and other group members
- Cohesiveness – Feeling a strong sense of belonging, purpose, and validation by sharing in group therapy with others
- Catharsis – Relieving oneself from heavy feelings (such as shame) by discussing struggles in a public forum
Objectives of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse
At Springfield Comprehensive Treatment Center, we understand how valuable group therapy can be when it is included in medication assisted treatment program. By joining counselors and patients together in an inviting environment where they can share their personal testimonies, we are able to establish productivity and collaboration within a setting that supports the evolution from struggle to success. Group therapy provides critical information, countless therapeutic insights, and exceptional support that can dramatically improve a patient’s ability to live a recovered life.
There is no one medication, approach, or activity that will provide a patient with the key to recovery and happiness. Within a medication assisted treatment program, there are a number of elements that are combined together so that each patient can be successful in putting an end to his or her substance abuse. Group therapy is viewed as an essential element to this type of care.
If you or someone you care for could benefit from group therapy and the other aspects of medication assisted treatment, please contact us right now.