Along with individual therapy, family therapy, and supplementation, group therapy is an indispensable element of effective substance abuse and mental health treatment. Group therapy is a broad term for any type of therapy aimed at creating symptom reduction and recovery in two or more people.
Group therapy can help people in several ways:
- Being able to interact with other individuals who are learning how to cope with and overcome a drug or alcohol addiction can be quite helpful for those who are beginning the process.
- This type of setting also helps members realize that they are not alone and allows them to share information and experiences with one another, which can help boost confidence and self-esteem. Overall, sharing experiences and feelings has been shown to reduce stress, guilt and pain among group therapy members.
- Group therapy becomes a setting in which members can learn how to avoid engaging in destructive behaviors such as actively seeking out drugs, and instead begin to practice new, healthy behaviors.
- The therapist provides a structured platform that controls the discussions and also offers feedback and additional advice that helps each member gain a better understanding of themselves as well as ways to make continuous progress.