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Behavioral Group Therapy
Why Counseling Is Important in Addiction Treatment
Detox is only the beginning of a long-term path toward recovery. Counseling is a crucial element to any solid substance abuse treatment plan. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT), family counseling, and other diverse therapy approaches are designed to help people recovering from addiction stay sober. Often there are underlying mental health conditions contributing to the substance abuse. This is why choosing a dual-diagnosis facility like Hickory House may be the best choice.
What is Group Therapy?
Group therapy is a particular form of counseling that is used to treat disorders such as substance abuse and addiction. It usually involves regular sessions with one or more therapists working with several individuals who are being treated for the same health issue. Peer support from such group therapy has shown benefit to everyone who takes part.
Overview of Group Therapy
- Gender-specific groups may allow for more expression and open exchange of thoughts and emotions
- Clients share experiences with others who may be facing similar issues
- Groups consist of as little as 3-4 members or more than 12.
- Held multiple times weekly for 1-2 hours.
- Proven effective in an inpatient setting.
- Groups vary, and may include support groups, skills development and psychoeducational.
Group therapy can help people in several ways:
Those who are just beginning the process of group counseling may find the interaction with other individuals quite helpful. This setting allows members to realize that they are not alone and permits the sharing of information and experiences with each other. Self-esteem and confidence can can receive a tremendous boost from such interaction. Group therapy has been shown to reduce feelings of guilt, stress, and emotional pain among members.
The therapist provides structure to the group setting. Through guided discussion and measured feedback, each member should gain a greater understanding of how to avoid engaging in destructive behaviors, and instead begin to practice new, positive behaviors and ways to make continuous progress.
Addictions Treated by Group Therapy may include:
- Alcohol addiction
- Opioid addiction
- Stimulants (e.g., methamphetamine)
- Hallucinogens (e.g., LSD)
- Prescription pain meds
Several benefits are derived from family and/or couples therapy:
Family involvement will increase the chances of a person completing treatment.
Addiction impacts everyone in the family, healing the damage is an important part of the path to recovery.
Studies indicate that involving family results in lower relapse rates, increased happiness in the family, and better psychosocial development of the children of addicted parents.
The majority of experts today view opioid addiction as a chronic, relapsing illness. Similar to chronic illnesses like high blood pressure or diabetes, addiction treatment in some form must be a lifetime commitment. Many people in recovery from opioids will continue to require maintenance therapy. Medications including methadone, naltrexone, and Suboxone are sometimes taken for many years to limit the risk of a relapse. In addition to the maintenance regimen, experts recommend clients continue some form of counseling.
Individual therapy may be required in cases of dual diagnosis: coexisting depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, or other significant mental health condition that requires treatment in its own right, separate from the opioid addiction.