Group Therapy

Various studies from the past two decades have supported the fact that addiction can be treated and overcome. Through the years, a number of treatment and therapy programs have been introduced and found effective in addressing the problem of substance dependency.

“I was in group therapy for years, but it wasn’t the same thing. It was more about growing.”
– Sally Kellerman

We, at Merito, are witnesses to the healing power of therapy and other forms of treatment to help men recover from substance abuse. One method of addiction treatment and mental health treatment is group therapy. As the word implies, this kind of therapy involves a “group” of patients meeting regularly to discuss their struggles, under the guidance of one or more professional therapists.

Scenario

A group therapy session is normally composed of at least 3, to as many as 12 individuals, depending on where the therapy is carried out. As regards set-up, the chairs could be arranged in a circle for small groups and theater or program style for a much bigger group.

The meeting is often held at least once a week for about two hours. It often commences with each patient introducing himself and the reason why he is attending therapy. Those who have been attending the sessions for some time are asked to share about the happenings in their lives and how things are progressing in terms of recovery.

Group Therapy

The therapist is in charge of the flow, content of group discussion, learning aids, as well as the techniques that would be applied each meeting. Some of the activities in this type of therapy include:

  • Role-playing
  • Written projects
  • Homework
  • Review sessions

Contributions and Benefits

Studies conducted among drug rehabilitation facilities revealed that majority of patients prefer group therapy over individual therapy. In general, this kind of therapy provides a support system that is otherwise unfounded in other forms of treatment. More specifically, group therapy is effective in the recovery process for the following reasons:

  • It avoids the feeling of being “alone” – one of the top struggles of drug-dependents is having the feeling that they are different or alone in the struggle. They feel guilty for being “weak” in resisting the pressure and temptation.  Being around people who are struggling with the same thing as they are and hearing their stories provide encouragement and inspiration.
  • It provides a welcoming and supportive atmosphere – group meetings are particularly helpful for individuals who are just starting their treatment program because they are able to meet and interact with those who were able to overcome their addiction.
  • It serves as a preventive measure – regular group sessions can serve as a venue for drug dependents to encourage each other to move forward and confront each other, if there is a need, to avoid relapse.

While individual types of therapy are beneficial in a lot of cases, patients can only experience the above-mentioned benefits if they are part of group counseling/ therapy.

“Tough love and brutal truth from strangers are far more valuable than Band-Aids and half-truths from invested friends, who don’t want to see you suffer any more than you have.”
– Shannon L. Alder

Substance abusers get the most out of group therapy sessions if they are in an inpatient setting since the chances of dropping out or not attending would be greatly lessened, if not completely eliminated. Addressing the problems of addiction requires acceptance of weakness and commitment to therapy, which can be difficult, especially among men who are expected to be strong and in control. Our professional team at Merito can greatly help you in this regard. You can readily coordinate with us, at Merito, for more information about group and other forms of therapy and treatment programs.

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