Here at Renaissance Ranch, we make group therapy a central part of our comprehensive addiction recovery program in order to provide the well-rounded support that our clients need. Here are some of the many ways that group therapy can offer healing during recovery from addiction.
Building a support system
Some who are recovering from addiction fear that they will not have the personal support they need to achieve sobriety. With group therapy, however, you are simultaneously building your support system as you share your experiences and struggles with others. Those with whom you navigate the early stages of recovery may very well become your strongest support after you have completed treatment.
Drawing inspiration from others
When you see the successes of others who are fighting the same battles as you, you can gain inspiration to fuel your own recovery. And at other times, you may very well be the strong example of recovery success that others need to draw inspiration from.
In group therapy you meet people who share many similarities with you, as well as people who seem drastically different from you. But you have one thing in common: your battle against addiction. As you meet with fellow recovering addicts and observe the wide variety of people who have been affected by addiction, you gain the perspective that addiction is not simply a weakness in your personal character—it’s something that can affect anyone.
Practicing communication skills
Group therapy gives you the chance to practice expressing your feelings in a safe and secure space. These communication skills will serve you will as you transition into life after receiving treatment, and it will help you repair those relationships that may have been harmed by your addiction.
Honing valuable recovery skills
Group therapy is also an excellent setting for learning and practicing valuable skills that will aid you in recovery. You may practice relaxation techniques, techniques for overcoming cravings, or alternative therapy forms such as experiential therapy in a group setting. In addition, members of your group might share valuable insights as to what has helped them in their own recoveries.