Living with addiction can be lonely and isolating. Many people may have trouble connecting with family or friends during addiction recovery. Or, they may be living in strained or suffering relationships. For some people, it may be difficult to find people in their lives who support a sober lifestyle. Others may not know how to voice their needs or establish healthy boundaries. A group therapy program can help address these issues and more. Group therapy helps everyone in a person’s circle of friends and family members begin to heal.
If you or someone you know feels alone in their addiction, contact our team at Atlanta Detox Center today to explore the benefits of group therapy. Our addiction recovery programs offer group therapy and other forms of psychological support. Find out more by filling out our online form or calling our staff today at 470.450.2355 to learn what a group therapy program can do for you and the people who care about you.
What Is Group Therapy?
Group therapy is a common therapeutic practice in addiction recovery. Clients gather in groups of various sizes for collective talk therapy. Some people may be familiar with a 12-step program, which is a kind of anonymous group therapy. In a residential or outpatient program, group therapists meet with the same clients at least once a day. The therapist prompts clients to share by offering questions and insights. More often than not, this prompting allows clients to support one another and better understand their addiction. Working together helps clients feel seen and heard by others who understand their experience firsthand. This solidarity has transformative power.
While some group therapy requires clients to sit together in a room, alternative group therapy offers clients a range of experiences. Art, music, dance, and experiential therapies help clients connect to their emotions and bodies through expression. Working together in group therapy helps clients build self-esteem, improve communication, and establish healthy boundaries.
Why Is Group Therapy Beneficial?
Support and understanding are key components of addiction recovery. Realizing that people around the world from all walks of life live with addiction can also be beneficial. When a client enters group therapy, their perspective shifts. They may realize others in the room have similar life experiences and similar addiction triggers. Through collective sharing, clients realize they are not alone. Many people living with addiction also live with co-occurring disorders like anxiety or depression.
Undiagnosed co-occurring disorders, long-term stress, and toxic relationship often lead people to self-medicate. Group therapy can help normalize these coping mechanisms while developing healing alternatives to stress management and mental health.
Some benefits of group therapy include:
- A sense of solidarity
- Structured discussions
- Learning to express emotions
- Practicing active listening
- Establishing healthy relationships
- Gaining new perspectives
Many people in addiction recovery lack a supportive community. Group therapy provides instant community, which over time can help people form long-lasting bonds founded on sobriety. Group therapy also provides the opportunity for clients to practice tools from individual therapy. In a safe and inclusive group, clients often practice communication strategies and behavioral changes before using them in the outside world. This safe space can help clients implement tools with more confidence and success.
Enjoy the Benefits of Group Therapy at Atlanta Detox Center
At Atlanta Detox Center, we recognize that we are stronger together. That’s why our Atlanta Detox Center team provides a wide range of individual, family, and group therapy programs. We provide medically assisted detox for drug and alcohol addiction, emphasizing stress management.
Our clients in our Atlanta, Georgia clinic enjoy the benefits of group therapy during early recovery as well as 12-steps and alumni programs. Together, Atlanta Detox Center can help you achieve long-term recovery. Learn more about our programs by completing our convenient online form or calling 470.450.2355 today to speak with our staff.