Addiction is a complex disease. Fortunately, at Compass Detox, we offer several therapeutic ways to help individuals heal and recover. Addressing the issues that drive an individual’s addiction can be a challenge. The illness’s complexity often means that people will have to dive into places they are reluctant to explore. Group therapy sessions offer you the chance to deal with your addiction’s roots with others who have similar experiences. A group therapy setting’s social aspect can make people feel more at ease when opening up about difficult topics.
Group therapy typically involves having one or more therapists sit down with clients in a group setting. The number of people in the group can vary depending on the setting. The sessions can happen several times per week while focusing on a specific topic, like alcohol use disorder or substance abuse.
Members of the group therapy session listen to each other and offer feedback. These sessions can be a good way of helping members work through interactions that might have given them trouble in the past. Everything is kept confidential so that members build trust and feel comfortable opening up to each other.
What Can You Expect From Group Therapy?
You can choose to share as much or as little about yourself during a group therapy session. People may sometimes be reluctant to open up about their issues in front of people they don’t know. As you grow more familiar with the members, those boundaries may shift as you become more comfortable.
The therapists typically guide the session and establish the ground rules. They work to establish the atmosphere and make members of the group feel comfortable and safe. Therapists may steer discussions in ways that promote growth among everyone.
Many people find it helpful to listen to the experiences of others. You can think about how what they went through and learned might apply to your situation. Sharing more about yourself can provide that same benefit to others. People who openly engage with others in a group therapy session tend to find them more fulfilling.
What Are the Benefits of Group Therapy?
Group therapy can help people understand that others have gone through similar struggles. The support that group members lend to each other can make you feel less alone as you work toward recovery.
People who may have difficulty communicating can find group therapy beneficial in learning to open up to others. The debates that come up can prepare you for difficult conversations that you might end up in daily. The feedback received from other group members can help you learn to accept helpful criticism without overreacting.
Group therapy can help you develop self-awareness as you listen to others talk about their problems. The sessions can be a safe place for talking about your troubles without feeling judged or worrying about being seen as weak.
Is Group Therapy Better Than Individual Therapy?
Both individual and group therapy allows people to explore issues that drive their addiction. Some advantages come with both forms of treatment. It’s not about whether one form of therapy is better than another. It’s about what suits your personality, helps you understand your behaviors, and provides you with the most benefits. Many people find they do better when their treatment plan includes a combination of group and individual therapy.
Discover What Compass Detox Has to Offer
Compass Detox provides clients with the opportunity to build a foundation they can rely on as they work to remain sober in the outside world. Some of the programs and therapies we offer include:
- Inpatient Detox Center
- Partial Hospitalization Program
- Intensive Outpatient Program
- Transitional Living Program