Those who experience drug or alcohol addiction and have survived to tell the tale often recall the sense of isolation they experienced as a result of their addiction.
Many addicts feel completely isolated in their suffering and many often feel a sense of guilt and deep shame. This feeling of isolation, guilt and shame is often accompanied with mild mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Why Group Therapy is offered?
To overcome feelings of isolation a form of therapy known as ‘group therapy’ is offered to clients following detoxification. Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy where clients discuss their issues with addiction openly in a group environment. Chairs are arranged in a circle so that each participant is able see and hear one another. The aim of group therapy is so that clients can connect and learn from others. Research confirms the effectiveness of group therapy at treating the underlying psychological component of substance abuse. Group therapy is said to have similar benefits to the more traditional ‘individual therapy’ approach to psychotherapy.
How is Group Therapy arranged?
Group therapy sessions follow the initial detoxification phase of rehabilitation. Sessions are led by a therapist at our centre twice a day. Groups consist of 5 to 10 people. Group sizes are small enough to ensure focus but big enough to ensure a rich variety of experiences are shared. Group participants generally come from many different backgrounds with addictions to a variety of different substances.
Harbouring a sense of community
Group therapy sessions establish a basis of community between our clients and staff alike. This sense of community illustrates to clients their sufferings with drug and alcohol addiction is not something unique to themselves. Unhealthy mind-sets are challenged and replaced with new healthily ways of thinking about one’s substance abuse.
Other therapy techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) may be ‘blended’ into group therapy sessions. CBT is intended to illustrate to participants the causal relationship between their beliefs and actions. The group will also explore strategies for avoiding the triggers of addiction.
A platform to share experiences with others
During group therapy sessions clients are given a platform to voice their problems and likewise listen and support others in the group who also suffer from substance abuse. The therapist will guide the discussion around a variety of relevant topics and ensure each member of the group has the opportunity to contribute. The therapist’s contribution to group therapy sessions is very minimal and instead participants themselves conduct the majority of the session.
During group therapy sessions clients will discuss their experiences with addiction such as the damage addiction has inflicted on their health, career and relationships. Group members will also discuss the roadblocks they have hit in prior attempts to get clean from their substance abuse. Such discussions are intended to deepen the participants’ understanding as to why people engage in substance abuse. This awareness is intended to strengthen participants’ positive mind-sets which are essential for long term recovery.
Call the team now on 0800 500 3129 for more information
Call Cassiobury Court today for your opportunity to secure a long and lasting recovery. You can contact our admissions team today on 0800 500 3129 who will take you through the process of signing up to our rehabilitation programme.