Group Therapy

at White House Recovery & Detox

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.


Common Types of Group Therapy 

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: 

  • 12-Step or other self-help programs
  • Therapist-led talk therapy to develop healthy cognitive and behavioral patterns 
  • Educational groups that provide information about relapse prevention, recovery, or aftercare
  • Development of skills needed to create and utilize healthy coping mechanisms in the real world
  • Psychotherapist-led interpersonal processing therapy 
  • Groups meant to tackle a specific topic or issue

 

What Happens During Group Therapy?

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:

  • The group’s purpose
  • Any guidelines or etiquette rules
  • Start and stop times
  • Examples of what to expect during the meeting

Here is a breakdown of how a typical group therapy session might take place:

  1. The person leading the group will make a statement that begins on a positive note and recognizes what you are there to discuss. 
  2. If there will be a specific topic or goal for that meeting, it will be clearly explained. 
  3. The group leader will often then pose a question for everyone to ponder. They may discuss answers and present follow-up questions.
  4. Several volunteers might share more about their initial answers, and the leader can use these stories to promote a relevant coping skill or another helpful tool. 
  5. Throughout the session, the group leader will check in with each member to see if they have any questions or something they would like to add to the discussion. 
  6. The session will typically end with a recap of everything that was discussed, including how any specific lessons learned can apply to real-life situations that each person may face. 

The Importance of Continuing Group Therapy At Home

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.

 

Communicate Openly and Honestly

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:

  • You’ll get an outside perspective on personal issues
  • You’ll be shown understanding, support, and compassion  
  • You’ll have a safe place to learn how to build trust and social connections 
  • You’ll get to see people at various stages of recovery, inspiring you to set goals and feel motivated to work towards them

In addition, practicing honest and effective communication will enhance each of these benefits even further.

We are here for you

Group therapy is essential throughout rehabilitation and continued recovery. Group meetings can be a place where you feel heard, understood, and encouraged by others who can relate to what you are going through. White House Recovery and Detox provides hours of group therapy each day as one of the primary forms of treatment for overcoming cognitive and behavioral issues. We believe that everyone deserves to be supported and guided through the healing process as they learn how to deal with emotions in a healthy way. You can expect to experience personal growth as you go through the group therapy process. This aspect of treatment is likely to benefit your recovery at every stage. We are here to help you get started.