Humans are social creatures. It’s in our nature to come together to exchange words of support and encouragement. It is a tangible and irreplaceable relief that comes from discussing something deep and meaningful with another person who can understand because they have experienced it as well. Throughout recovery, group therapy provides a safe space where peers can discuss worries, doubts, fears, successes, joys, and specific coping mechanisms related to real-world situations.
Some people are more comfortable talking in a group setting, which allows them to go over topics that might feel too awkward or difficult to bring up in one-to-one sessions. Group therapy also creates a healthy element of peer pressure that can help push you to overcome cravings and temptations. It can help you to stay on track with your recovery to remember that you’d have to disclose any slip-ups to your group.
Group therapy is a widely-used tool throughout rehabilitation programs and local communities alike. You’ll have access to a variety of group therapy options as you move through the process of recovery. Recovery facilities and sober communities often offer group therapy options that include some combination of the following:
What you should expect varies from group to group. Some require specific forms of participation, while others are strictly no-pressure. Before your first meeting, one of the leaders should give you a brief rundown of the format and provide you with introductory information. If they do not, then feel free to reach out to them to learn more about what to expect. Some information to gather before you begin attending a therapy group includes:
Here is a breakdown of how a typical group therapy session might take place:
Once you have completed your stay at a sober living center or residential treatment facility, you will still have to reckon with the temptations, triggers, and stresses waiting for you at home. Finding a local group therapy meeting that you can attend regularly can offer you a huge advantage. You can find 12-Step programs in most cities. If you are having trouble finding a group that fits your needs, reach out to your therapist or local community resources.
Although the local groups you find may not follow the same formula you are used to, the benefits are worth any time it might take to adjust. Aftercare is a vital component of sober living, and group meetings are an important part of your long-term success. Attending a group can keep you accountable, motivated, and provide a place where you can speak openly about your recovery.
You will only benefit from a group meeting if you choose to participate. Communicating openly and honestly is the best way to take advantage of this fantastic resource. Sharing your personal thoughts, feelings, and experiences might feel uncomfortable at first, especially if you are someone who does not often open up to others. You will find that communicating gets easier the more you do it.
Attending group therapy sessions can provide a wide range of benefits. Some of the most important results include:
In addition, practicing honest and effective communication will enhance each of these benefits even further.