When you are about to go to addiction treatment, the idea of group therapy may seem scary. “Will I have to talk about personal stuff in front of a group? I hate public speaking! I don’t want to open up in front of a bunch of strangers!” Well, relax! Group Therapy in Addiction Treatment is hugely beneficial, and it is ultimately up to you what you want to share. Here is a breakdown of what it is really like.
Group Therapy in Addiction Treatment Can Be Fun, And You Will Learn a Lot
First of all, when you go to addiction treatment, it is important to make the most of your time there. Whether you are grateful and happy to be there, or someone forced you to be there, you’re going to have to spend time there, so you may as well learn. While every client is unique, the therapists and doctors have seen countless people come through with similar issues to yours, so they are the experts.
Group therapy in addiction treatment varies. You won’t be doing the same thing every day, and you won’t be expected to divulge information that you aren’t comfortable with. Also, all groups are held under the watch of a therapist or doctor who will help keep the conversation on the right path. You have no need to worry about people judging you – in fact, you may realize that other people are dealing with similar situations to you. With this knowledge, you will understand you are not alone, and be more willing to open up in front of others.
Different Types Of Group Therapy You’ll Experience
Your Addiction Treatment Center doesn’t want you to be bored, and for this reason, group sessions are varied and switched up to keep things interesting and allow for a well-rounded approach to recovery. Here are some of the group types you’ll experience.
This kind of group will most likely happen daily. You will be broken into a small group with your peers and your assigned therapist. The people in your group and your therapist will remain the same throughout treatment unless you ask to be switched to a different group for any reason. In process group your therapist will have everyone give an update on how they are doing, and different topics may be brought up to guide the discussion.
This kind of therapy may include drawing, painting, collage-making, or any other kind of art. The goal is to allow addicts to focus on the present and get out of their own heads. Talking may be encouraged, or the class may be quiet.
This is another form of expressive therapy to get you to learn to put your thoughts on paper. Often people find when they get things off their chest they are easier to deal with, so that you may be less likely to pick up a drink or a drug to cope.
In holistic therapy groups, you may experience light yoga, which you can partake in only if you would like to, meditation, guided imagery, and other soothing techniques to allow you to relax and feel more comfortable in the moment.
All of the group therapy in addiction treatment is designed to help you explore ways to cope with your addiction, and identify why you were addicted in the first place. When in rehab, we encourage you to go to as many different kinds of groups as possible to figure out exactly what works best for you.