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What are the Benefits of Group Therapy?

Group therapy is often used as a tool in addiction recovery. Engaging in therapy with others who are attempting to recover from addiction and alcoholism is a highly effective way for an individual to gain a better understanding of themselves and their disease. Group therapy provides certain benefits that individual therapy cannot, and strengthens one’s ability to successfully address mental health problems that may be underlying their addiction.

Group therapy is defined as a form of psychotherapy in which a group of patients meet to describe and discuss their problems together under the supervision of a therapist. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “The natural propensity of human beings to congregate makes group therapy a powerful therapeutic tool for treating substance abuse, one that is as helpful as individual therapy, and sometimes more successful. One reason for this efficacy is that groups intrinsically have many rewarding benefits—such as reducing isolation and enabling members to witness the recovery of others—and these qualities draw clients into a culture of recovery. Another reason groups work so well is that they are suitable especially for treating problems that commonly accompany substance abuse, such as depression, isolation, and shame.” It may be intimidating at first to discuss personal problems with a group of other people, but it is a rewarding experience that provides a greater insight into the shared challenges faced by those attempting to recover from addiction.

One of the most important parts of recovery is developing a healthy support network. Group therapy creates a supportive environment, and acts as a “sounding board” for individuals to gain a more objective view of their struggles and potential solutions. The American Psychological Association explains, “Regularly talking and listening to others also helps you put your own problems in perspective. Many people experience mental health difficulties, but few speak openly about them to people they don’t know well. Oftentimes, you may feel like you are the only one struggling — but you’re not. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they’re going through, and realize you’re not alone.” Getting outside of our comfort zone and engaging with others allows us to grow in our recovery. We often find that when we open up in a group therapy setting, the experience is incredibly helpful and rewarding.

Your life can become one of serenity and peace of mind. You can begin the rewarding journey of recovery by making the decision to seek help now. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, believes in addressing all aspects of addiction, including the mind, body, and spirit, to help you develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain lasting sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431