What Is Group Therapy?
Group therapy sessions include a therapist and multiple patients at one
time. Group therapy is a great way to help build your support group while
in addiction treatment. This is because all the patients in an addiction
group therapy session have experienced similar trials and tribulations.
Therefore, each patient in an addiction group therapy session can empathize
with one another.
All the patients within an addiction group therapy session can also advise
one another on ways to improve their addiction recovery journeys. By hearing
the perspectives of other patients in addiction recovery, group therapy
participants can gain some insight into themselves. The hope is that group
therapy patients can take these insights with them into their individual
Group Therapy vs. Individual Therapy
As we mentioned earlier, group therapy occurs between a therapist and multiple
patients at one time.
Individual therapy, on the other hand, occurs one-on-one between a therapist and a patient.
One of the primary benefits of group therapy is that it helps its patients
build support groups for themselves. This enables them to spend time with
others and build social skills. Often, these skills deteriorate as a result
of substance abuse. But, group therapy offers people the chance to rebuild
these abilities. Individual therapy, on the other hand, provides patients
with undivided time and attention. As a result, individual therapy patients
get the opportunity to focus on just themselves and be incredibly introspective.
In most cases, both individual and group therapy are involved in addiction
treatment. Group therapy allows people to gain different perspectives
addiction journeys. On the other hand, individual therapy provides an opportunity for people
to dive deeper into their own thoughts and emotions.
Group Therapy vs. Family Therapy
Family therapy sessions involve a therapist and a group of family members. Group therapy
and family therapy are similar in that they both consist of one therapist
and multiple individuals. But what makes these two forms of therapy different
is the fact that family therapy occurs between a therapist and family
members. Group therapy, on the other hand, occurs between a therapist
and a collection of patients.
Common Types of Addiction Group Therapy
There are various types of addiction group therapy. Some of the most popular
types of addiction group therapy include cognitive-behavioral therapy,
dialectical behavior therapy, psychoeducational group therapy, interpersonal
process group therapy, and skill development group therapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy
The purpose of
cognitive behavioral group therapy is to change the negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of patients
into positive ones. This means changing the way the patients think and
feel into positive thoughts and feelings when they encounter addiction
triggers. That way, these patients will behave in a positive manner rather
than resort to substance abuse.
Dialectical Behavior Group Therapy
Dialectical behavior group therapy aims to make patients accept their negative
thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. As a result, individuals won’t
need negative coping mechanisms such as substance use.
When therapists use dialectical behavior therapy in group therapy settings,
they often instruct patients to role-play with one another. This allows
patients to learn new and healthy ways of interacting with others while
faced with their addiction triggers.
During dialectical behavior group therapy, therapists also often teach
patients behavioral skills. Dialectical behavior group therapy therapists
will even often give homework. This enables people to practice their newfound
coping skills in the real world.
Psychoeducational Group Therapy
The purpose of psychoeducational group therapy is to educate patients about
the dangers of addiction. It teaches patients about the negative effects
that substance abuse can have on their physical and mental health.
Psychoeducational group therapy for substance abuse also teaches patients
about all the ways that substances can ruin their lives. The purpose of
teaching this is to motivate patients to develop positive coping mechanisms
and make positive life choices.
Interpersonal Process Group Therapy
The purpose of interpersonal process group therapy is to alter the negative
thoughts of patients that cause them to interact poorly with others. Therapists
observe the way their patients interact with one another in order to help
individuals to grow socially.
Interpersonal process group therapy therapists then pinpoint the negative
thoughts and emotions that drive their patients’ poor social skills.
Finally, interpersonal process group therapy therapists compile these
negative thoughts and emotions as points of discussion within the group.
Ultimately, interpersonal process group therapy helps recovering addicts
interact with others. This, in turn, will help those in addiction recovery
function better when they return back to society.
Skills Development Group Therapy
Skills development group therapy helps patients in addiction recovery develop
life skills. These life skills will help recovering addicts better function
in society as sober individuals. During skills development group therapy,
patients practice their life skills with one another to develop them.
Examples of life skills that patients practice in skills development group
therapy include handling triggers, communicating with others,
anger management, parenting, and managing finances.
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