Treating the Whole Person
When employed, group therapy effectively addresses the root causes of addiction and mental health problems and maximizes the chance of long-term recovery. Group therapy can also help reduce the likelihood of relapse.
Among the many other types of therapy offered at our center, group therapy encourages those in recovery to interact with others. Not only does this provide the opportunity for many people to externalize their thoughts, feelings, and emotions, but it instills a greater sense of understanding and compassion both towards yourself and those around you.
Participating in group therapy additionally helps many as they embark on their journey to recovery.
What Is Group Therapy?
What Counts As Group Therapy?
Group therapy generally refers to psychodynamic group therapy. This is where the format of exploring thoughts and feelings as a group is itself a vehicle for enacting change through exploring relationships between the group members.
However, group therapy is also generally used to refer to any form of therapeutic interaction between several people.
In addition to the above, group therapy encompasses the following:
- Art therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Support groups
- Psychoeducational therapy
- Process-oriented techniques
What Are the Benefits of Group Therapy?
For many, the thought of group therapy may seem somewhat intimidating as exploring thoughts and feelings with strangers can leave you vulnerable. However, there are many benefits associated with group therapy.
Some of the benefits of group therapy include:
- Feeling solidarity
- A sense of connection
- Learning from others
- Hearing different perspectives
- Enhanced social skills
- Developing communication skills
- Sharing thoughts and feelings with people can be a sense of relief
- Feeling supported by others
Although group therapy is effective when administered as a stand-alone treatment, it is often accompanied by individual therapy.
How To Maximize the Benefits of Group Therapy
To maximize the benefits of group therapy, it is important to attend the sessions with the following in mind:
- Be as open as possible - Although group therapy can feel awkward at first, being as open and honest as possible will help enhance self-compassion and care. Still, it will enable you to become more caring towards those around you.
- Avoid giving advice - As tempting as it may feel, we do not recommend offering your advice to others during group therapy. This is because doing so can be harmful.
- Accept and give feedback - Rather than giving advice, try to offer feedback and be open to receiving it. Group therapy is a great chance to hear different perspectives and can aid in strengthening relationships and connections.
- Be present - Try to remain as present as possible during the session, concentrating on how you feel, how the other group members feel, and how the group is interacting.
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Why Choose Empowered Recovery?
Marietta is part of what is known as ‘the heroin triangle’, an area with high levels of heroin abuse. Because of this, we understand first-hand the devastation addiction can have on a person and those around them. For this reason, you can rest assured that the treatment we offer is free from judgment and filled with compassion and nurturing.
We want what is best for you, and we are devoted to giving you the best chance of success. We are committed to empowering you, not just as you embark on your recovery journey but as you continue your recovery in the years that follow treatment. As a result, we offer twelve months of aftercare support following treatment to help you maintain your sobriety.
Contact Us Today
If you want to find out more about group therapy or refer yourself for treatment at our center, please contact us today. In doing so, our team of professionals can support you and ensure that you have the guidance you require from start to finish.