Learning to cope with the real world without going back to the substance you are addicted to is never easy, but it can be done. Addiction therapy is one of the fundamental treatments used in both inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment centers. It can include group therapy, family therapy and more. These therapies are common due to their proven effectiveness. While they can be challenging at first, ultimately they provide significant value and make the transition into an addiction-free life much easier than it would be without therapy.
Group Therapy & Family Therapy
Two of the most popular forms of addiction therapy are group therapy and family therapy.
Addiction group therapy is one of the major parts of effective addiction treatment. After you have gone through detox, you will typically participate in both individual addiction therapy and group therapy. Group therapy offers benefits that individual therapy does not, which is why it is commonly included in rehab treatment.
As the name implies, during group therapy you will be part of a group. Keep in mind that group therapy is not the same thing as group meetings like those that happen at Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous. NA and AA provide a valuable service with group recovery meetings, but those meetings are led by members, while group therapy is led by a licensed therapist.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) are two of the most popular types of addiction therapy adapted to group therapy, although there are others. Group therapy sessions tend to last around 45 minutes to an hour, although times can vary. Group therapy will be led by the therapist, who will begin the session by explaining what will occur and who will then seek participation from group members.
It is normal to wonder what the point of group therapy is, especially if you are not a socially outgoing type of individual. Why not just go through individual therapy with you and your therapist? There are many reasons why group therapy is such a major part of addiction treatment, including:
– Group therapy can help build confidence. Interacting with others can be challenging for many people, especially when discussing addiction. Group therapy allows you to learn how to talk to others in a supportive environment about what may be the most sensitive subject you can imagine.
– Acclimates you to group environments. Most of the time when you finish with a recovery program, you are going to be advised to continue to participate in group meetings like NA or AA. These programs offer support that can prove invaluable when you are navigating day-to-day life and all the struggles that tend to steer you towards substance abuse.
– Gaining perspective on your personal problems. The personal problems that encouraged your addiction are often painful and difficult to deal with. Group therapy is helpful for showing how many of these personal problems are experienced by others. When you see that you are not alone in what you are thinking or feeling, it provides comfort and support.
– Receiving well-rounded advice. Those in group therapy with you will often be from very different walks of life. Because they come from different places and different experiences, they can provide different perspectives. They may see problems and situations differently, and can, therefore, offer advice that is unique from what you have heard before. The more well-rounded the advice you get, the more useful it will be.
– Group Therapy encourages accountability. The group you participate with are going to learn about your situation and your struggles. They will hear about your goals and aspirations. They will also try to hold you accountable for the things that you do, as you will for them. Knowing that you are going to meet with these people again will encourage you to do the things you say you want to do.
Family-based addiction therapy offers a way to include the most important people in your life in the recovery process. The therapy sessions are not designed to treat everyone’s individual problems—instead, they focus on bringing your family onboard with your recovery from substance abuse. Everyone can come together to do their best in helping you leave behind your addiction.
Some of the benefits of family therapy include:
– Changing family members perception towards the addiction. Most family members want to help you recover, but sometimes their instinctive behavior or misunderstanding of addiction can make things worse. Family therapy helps your loved ones understand how they may inadvertently be encouraging the addiction, such as keeping you from experiencing the full consequences of your addiction.
– Family therapy sets healthy boundaries. Family relationships can develop unhealthy dynamics which may not be clear to the people involved. Family therapy can help identify areas where family dynamics are contributing to the addiction and can help reestablish healthy boundaries that aid in recovery.
– Bringing families together. Whether distance was created before the addiction started, or created by the addiction, that distance can make it more difficult for you to recover. This form of addiction therapy can help you and your family see where things went wrong and can help resolve issues so that you can come together to fight the addiction.
– It motivates the family to overcome obstacles. The obstacles involved in overcoming addiction are always significant. Having the support of family to overcome those obstacles can make it easier to tackle them. Family therapy can help you all identify these obstacles and bring you together to deal with them in a healthy environment.
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