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What is Purpose of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse?
Individuals who are battling an addiction to opioids must receive treatment for the physical, emotional, behavioral, and psychological components of this disease in order for treatment to be effective. Group therapy plays a powerful role in the long-term recovery of an individual as they navigate through the treatment process.
Using multiple participants within a singular setting, group therapy is a therapeutic tool that has helped numerous individuals progress in their treatment. Group sessions typically utilize a single counselor who will work closely with a small group of patients, although some sessions may require multiple counselors pending the individual needs of the group.
Like individual therapy, one of the main objectives of group therapy is to allow patients an environment in which to openly address and process the behavioral and emotional influences that may have contributed to the developing of their addictive behaviors in the first place. Because addiction rarely occurs due to a singular event, the multiple factors such as stress, mood disorders, a history of abuse, and/or self-esteem issues must all be examined in order to understand the root causes of a patient’s behaviors.
The success of group therapy is directly linked to the counselor who is leading the sessions as well as the patients who are sharing their experiences and feelings with the group. The following are the main principles of group therapy:
- Universality – Eliminating any feelings of isolation between group members by highlighting the commonality of emotions and experiences amongst members of the group
- Self-understanding – Gaining understanding into one’s own experiences by listening to other patients share their setbacks as well as achievements
- Interpersonal learning – Learning from the experiences and emotions of other group members, while also being able to openly share one’s own point of view
- Altruism – Recognizing the importance of making other people’s lives better
- Hope – Understanding that other group members may have overcome challenges that one may be currently going through
- Information – Learning more about the disease of addiction and the process of recovery
- Imitative behavior – Developing new skills and techniques by observing the positive behaviors of the counselor and other members of the group
- Cohesiveness – Experiencing a sense of comradery, purpose, and support by openly sharing the therapeutic process with others
- Catharsis – Letting go of emotional pain by communicating one’s own struggles with the group
Objectives of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse
North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center provides patients with a safe and supportive environment in which to openly discuss their history, emotions, and viewpoints while obtaining the support necessary to productively progress in their treatment.
Although there is not a singular cure for addiction, comprehensive treatment does provide patients with the tools, education, and support necessary to combat the emotional and physical components of this disease. Group therapy plays a vital role in patients’ journey towards recovery.
Please contact North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center today to learn more about group therapy as well as the other treatment options available for our patients. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals in a safe and compassionate environment.