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What is the Purpose of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse?
Those battling an addiction to opioids often struggle with the mental, emotional, physical, and social aspects of their addiction and must receive treatment that properly addresses each of these areas in order for lasting recovery to be achieved. Group therapy is an extremely beneficial tool that many individuals have utilized within their treatment to tackle such issues.
This therapeutic tool provides patients with the opportunity to work alongside other individuals who are also seeking assistance for addiction. Working under the guidance of a trained counselor, patients are given the opportunity to openly discuss an array of topics in relation to their addictions, as well as how to prepare for a future that does not include opioid abuse. Group therapy pinpoints the underlying factors that may have contributed to a patient’s addiction in the first place. External factors such as abuse, trauma, stress, self-esteem issues, and mood disorders are common factors amongst individuals who are struggling with an addiction. Group therapy provides individuals with a safe environment in which to examine and process these factors and properly progress towards recovery.
Objectives of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse
The success of group therapy is equally linked to the counselor who is leading the session and the patients who are participating. The following are the primary goals of group therapy:
- Universality– Helping to bridge gaps between group members by emphasizing the commonality of feelings and experiences amongst members of the group
- Self-understanding– Achieving a deeper insight into one’s own issues by listening to other group members discuss their challenges and achievements
- Interpersonal learning– Learning from the experiences and insights of others in the group while openly communicating one’s own emotions and experiences
- Altruism– Seeing the importance of aiding in the advancement of the lives of others
- Hope– Accepting that other group members may have overcome difficulties that one may currently be experiencing
- Information– Learning more about addiction as a disease as well as the process of recovery
- Imitative behavior – Developing new techniques and skills by observing the positive behaviors of the counselor as well as other group members
- Cohesiveness– Feeling a sense of belonging and purpose by sharing the therapeutic experience with others
- Catharsis– Experiencing a sense of relief from shame other emotional distress by publicly communicating one’s issues
The compassionate team of professionals at Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center understands the important value that group therapy plays in the recovery of our patients. By providing a safe and supportive environment in which to promote open communication, patients are given the opportunity to progress towards a future free from the dangerous cycle of addiction.
If you or someone that you care for is battling an addiction to opioids, please contact Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center today. We understand the challenges linked to the disease of addiction and we are here to provide patients with customized plans of treatment that match their unique goals and requirements.