Individuals who are battling an addiction to opioids face a number of behavioral, psychological, physical, and emotional struggles associated with their addictive behaviors. In order for treatment to truly be successful, patients must receive support for each of these components. By taking part in group therapy, individuals are able to address each of these facets and gain a deeper understanding as to why they turned to opioid use in the first place.
Group therapy is a therapeutic tool that utilizes multiple participants in a single session. Typically, these sessions are led by one counselor, although some instances require the use of multiple professionals. Like individual therapy, the goal of group therapy is to understand and treat the underlying causes of patients’ addictive behaviors.
Addiction is typically caused by a variety of external factors. Stress, mood disorders, a history of trauma, abuse, and self-esteem issues can all contribute to an individual’s turning to opioid use for relief. Group therapy provides patients with a safe and supportive environment in which to explore these topics while gaining the treatment necessary to progress towards a future without addiction.
The effectiveness of group therapy is directly related to the counselor who is leading the session as well as the patients who are sharing their emotions and experiences with the group. The following are the goals and principles of group therapy:
- Universality – Alleviating any feelings of seclusion by focusing on the common emotions and experiences of group members
- Self-understanding – Achieving perspective into one’s own issues by listening to other members of the group share their experiences
- Interpersonal learning – Learning from the thoughts and experiences of other group members, while also being able to voice one’s own perceptions
- Altruism – Experiencing the value of aiding in the advancement of others’ lives
- Hope – Accepting that other group members have overcome difficulties that one may be currently dealing with
- Information – Learning more about the disease of addiction as well as the recovery process
- Imitative behavior – Creating new skills and approaches for handling current and future situations by observing the positive behaviors of the counselor and other group members
- Cohesiveness – Feeling a sense of purpose and support by sharing the therapeutic experience with other individuals
- Catharsis – Experiencing a sense of relief from embarrassment by publicly sharing one’s struggles
At New Hampshire Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we value the importance of group therapy within a comprehensive treatment setting. By providing patients with the expertise, support, and guidance of our highly qualified counselors, individuals who take part in our program will be given the tools necessary to successfully progress in treatment.
Although there is no one medication or therapeutic technique that can cure an addiction to opioids, taking part in a comprehensive treatment approach provides patients with the treatment and support necessary for them to achieve recovery. When the physical and emotional components of an addiction are treated, patients are able to achieve long-term recovery in a safe and effective manner. Group therapy plays a crucial role in the treatment process as a whole.
If you or someone you love is battling an addiction to opioids and would benefit from group therapy as well as the other treatment options available through New Hampshire Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact us today.