Group Therapies in Substance Abuse Counseling
Group therapy is an integral part of inpatient substance abuse treatment. Most treatment centers offer several forms of group therapy to help you recover from your addiction. According to the National Library of Medicine, group therapy is one part of a solid relapse prevention plan. Like individualized treatment group therapy can be tailored to the individuals who need it.
Skills Development Groups
Skills development groups teach basic coping skills to its members. These skills are:
- dealing with triggers
- coping with family
- dealing with withdrawal
- dealing with cravings
- preventing relapse
- dealing with stress
These groups mainly use a therapist and their peers in order to teach these skills.
These groups are based on behavior modification techniques in order to help addicts modify their behaviors. The group is designed to identify and modify undesirable and desirable behaviors through a system of positive and negative reinforcements. Essentially cognitive-behavioral groups work the same as cognitive behavioral therapy. They study the specific behaviors and then use a cognitive approach to correct them.
Positive Support Groups
Positive support groups focus on positive reinforcement and positive therapies in order to curb drug use. These support groups are useful for those who are well into their recovery. They teach positive thinking skills and the power of trust.
Individual Focus Groups
These groups focus on each individual in the group. The therapist goes through the members one at a time speaking with them individually. This method allows the group to help modify each individual’s behavior. The group works to heal each member. For more information on individual focus groups, call us at 800-681-7369. If you are interested in this type of group therapy, we can help you find an inpatient treatment center that offers individual focus group therapy.
These groups focus on learning about the addictive behavior and its consequences. Using talk and other therapies, the group learns:
- to identify negative behaviors
- understand these behaviors
- ways to correct the addictive behaviors
- coping mechanisms
- dealing with triggers and potential relapse
The leader of the group gives the group a topic to focus on and then leads the group in productive discussion.
Interpersonal groups teach people to deal with others on a normal level. The leaders of these groups teach the group valuable interpersonal skills. Most addicts lose these skills during the addiction. It is important for them to relearn social and interpersonal skills once they are out of inpatient rehab.
Many times social anxiety and social isolation are a problem with drug addiction. By learning interpersonal skills during group therapy it can help you find a job, deal with friends and family, and build a support structure.
Specialized groups are groups that work on specific issues. These groups usually held with people who have the same issues as you do. The group leader starts the group off with a specific topic and you work on that topic during each group session.