Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse Disorder

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What is Group Therapy

What is the Purpose of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse?

Addiction is a complex disease that does not respond to easy solutions.

Addicted individuals battle with psychological, physical, emotional, and behavioral struggles. In order to be the most effective, treatment programs must work through each of these issues regardless if they were developed because of the addiction or served as a cause of the addiction in the first place. Group therapy can be pivotal in helping achieve this goal.

As the term implies, group therapy is a treatment modality that includes the participation of a number of patients. These sessions tend to be led by one counselor, however if the group is much larger, more than one counselor will lead.

Just like individual therapy, group therapy helps patients identify and address the behavioral and emotional aspects linked to their substance abuse. Addiction hardly ever occurs in a vacuum, as external forces often contribute to its development. This can include things such as stress, pressure, abuse, trauma, low self-esteem, mood disorders, and more. Group therapy offers up a space for these issues and others to be ironed out successfully.

Objectives for Group Therapy

Objectives of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse

Group therapy is capable of being as effective as it is because of the skills and talent of the counselor and the participation of the other patients who share their thoughts, insights, and experiences. Some of the fundamental reasons why group therapy yields great success include:

  • Universality – Helping to relieve feelings of isolation by pointing out the shared emotions and experiences of group members
  • Catharsis – Alleviating oneself from feelings of shame and guilt by expressing emotional pain publically
  • Self-understanding – Gaining strong insight into one’s own problems by listening to others share their achievements and obstacles
  • Cohesiveness – Beginning to feel like one belongs, has purpose, and is validated by sharing in group therapy with others
  • Interpersonal learning – Learning from the experiences and emotions of others all while sharing one’s own
  • Imitative behavior – Establishing new skills for oneself by viewing the uplifting behaviors of the counselor and other group members
  • Altruism – Recognizing how valuable it can be to add to the betterment of others’ lives
  • Information – Educating oneself about the disease of addiction and all that recovery entails
  • Hope – Seeing that others have defeated similar challenges, and feeling like one can do the same

At Racine Comprehensive Treatment Center, we recognize how important group therapy can be to a comprehensive treatment program. By allowing counselors and patients to join forces in a structured and secure environment, we are able to establish a forum that boasts productivity and collaboration, allowing group members to share challenges and achievements. Group therapy supplies critical information, priceless insights, and exceptional support that dramatically improve a patient’s ability to stay in recovery long-term.

There is no one medication, therapeutic activity, or technique that can put an end to an addiction by itself. Within a successful medication assisted treatment program, each of these elements are combined into a complete, 360-degree approach that helps those once addicted begin living lives that are no longer tied to substance abuse. Group therapy is one crucial element to that approach.

If you or someone you love requires treatment and can benefit from an element like group therapy, please contact us right now.