Regardless of what addiction treatment center you look into, there is bound to be some aspect of group therapy involved. In fact, I haven’t heard of a rehab facility that doesn’t include group therapy in one form or another. It can be casual, such as doing morning “check-ins” with the group and sharing about life events. Or it can be more detailed and involved such as group feedback therapy or interpersonal process therapy. The term “Group Therapy” is really a vague label, and the large amount of different levels and types of group therapy may surprise you. But does group therapy work with treating addiction? If it is such an integral part of virtually all professional treatment centers then it must be helpful, right?

Is Group Therapy for Me?

 

Many people can be resistant to group therapy. It is difficult enough to seek help and open up to family or a therapist, but a group of strangers? There are worries about identifying, with different demographics such as gender, age, religion, and more. It is common in addiction for people to become anti-social and to isolate from other people. Oftentimes we hide our feelings or are reluctant to talk to others about our addiction problems. Once the initial reluctance to participate in group therapy passes the person often experiences unexpected benefits from participation. Group therapy has been a core aspect of drug and alcohol addiction recovery for several decades, and it has proven to be very effective. Here are some reasons why anyone seeking treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction should consider participating in group therapy.

Benefits of Group Therapy