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What is the Purpose of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse?
Addiction is an intricate disorder that does not always respond to easy solutions.
Those who are grappling with addiction and the behavioral, physical, psychological, and emotional battles that come with it require effective treatment that will help them sort through each one of these areas of concern and understand how they relate to the development of an addiction. Group therapy can be an essential aspect of care in helping patients gain this knowledge.
Group therapy consists of a group of people working together in a therapeutic setting. Small group therapy sessions tend to be led by one counselor, while larger group therapy sessions are often led by more than one counselor.
Similar to individual therapy, group therapy works to help patients understand the emotional and behavioral components of their addiction in ways that let them thoroughly address them. Addiction rarely ever develops out of thin air, as it is often brought on by external issues such as pressure, mood disorders, stress, self-esteem problems, trauma, abuse, and more. Group therapy offers up a place for patients to come together to explore these issues as they relate to addiction and recovery.
Objectives of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse
Group therapy is effective because of the skillful counselors that lead the sessions and the patients who choose to actively engage in this setting by offering up their own personal vantage points. Some of the many objectives of group therapy include:
- Universality – Alleviating one’s feelings of being isolated by sharing in the commonality that is provided by other group participants
- Self-understanding – Obtaining sturdy insight into one’s own problems by listening to others share their achievements and setbacks
- Interpersonal learning – Obtaining a education by learning from the experiences and feelings of others all while being able to share one’s own truths
- Altruism – Seeing the value in adding to the betterment of the lives of others
- Hope – Knowing that others have overcome similar challenges, and feeling like one can as well
- Information – Getting more information on addiction as a disease and the process of addiction recovery
- Imitative behavior – Putting new behaviors into effect just by watching the positive actions of the counselor and other group participants
- Cohesiveness – Feeling a sense of validation, belonging, and purpose by sharing experiences with others
- Catharsis – Feeling relieved from heavy feelings of shame and being upset by speaking about one’s own struggles
At Wichita Comprehensive Treatment Center, we understand how beneficial group therapy can be when it is incorporated into a complete medication assisted treatment program. By joining counselors and patients together in a safe and structured setting, we are able to develop an environment that fosters collaboration and productivity wherein challenges and achievements can be put into appropriate perspective so all participants can benefit. This form of therapy offers up critical information, countless therapeutic insights, and extended support that can dramatically increase a patient’s ability to sustain recovery.
There is no one medication or treatment modality that will serve as a single solution for all of an individual’s addiction-related problems. Within a medication assisted treatment program, a number of elements are put together to offer patients a comprehensive approach to treating addictions to opioids. Treatment that is structured in this way ultimately guides patients towards drug-free lives, and group therapy is a fundamental element that can round out this type of care.
If you or someone you care for could benefit from group therapy and the other aspects of our complete medication assisted treatment program, reach out to us right now.