Healing Addiction with Group Therapy in Arizona
Individual therapy is the backbone of long-term recovery. Underlying causes are discovered and strategic recovery approaches are developed in these sessions, which are specific to each of our patients. Group therapy is an invaluable enhancement to individual therapy at Recovery in Motion. As direct focus does not rest on the patient alone, he or she gains new insight and self-awareness that often directs the exploration of various healing methods available to our patients at our facilities.
The Benefits of Therapy within a Group
Individual therapy is the foundation for healing in addiction treatments and Cognitive behavioral therapy methods are an essential part of both individual and group therapies at Recovery In Motion. Group therapy alone has many benefits, but in conjunction with individual and other therapies is rich with unique opportunities to gain alternate perspectives and grow in ways otherwise not possible.
Group therapy sessions are comprised of other fellow addicts who are on similar journeys toward the same goal of sobriety in a lifestyle of recovery and health. Those who have been clean and sober for a lengthy period of time often serve as mentors or “sponsors” for those early in their recovery journey. Regular attendance and participation in group therapy meetings allow the patient to hone their social skills, practice accountability and feel encouragement from the other members.
These opportunities are not limited to just classic styles of group therapy in which peers gather together to share stories. Patients are provided with a variety of group therapy forms. The yoga group therapy sessions at Recovery In Motion are a very healthy method with the main goal to heal the mind, body and soul. Other group forms of therapy include art therapy and music therapy, each having unique healing abilities.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Group Meetings
Although the act of consuming alcohol or drugs and many of its side effects are physical, addiction is a mental disorder in which the brain produces a chemical imbalance to offset the abuse of these substances. Therefore, substance abuse treatment relies on a varied selection of therapies to counteract the cognitive behavioral damage.
Cognitive behavioral group therapy often facilitates the crucial tasks of discovering underlying contributors to the disease as well as identifying and overcoming personal triggers. Drugs and alcohol often become the “go-to” coping mechanism for alcoholics and addicts in trying moments; however, this form of therapy instills healthy coping habits and other life skills that can prevent relapse later.
Similar to cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy instills healthy coping habits and other life skills that can aid in the prevention of relapse later in life. The difference is that dialectical behavioral therapy imparts acceptance and tolerance of one set of concerns while addressing another set.
These sessions promote and encourage abstinence from substances and prescribed medications unless taken as prescribed by a doctor, the avoidance of triggers, becoming involved in the sober community, and more. Dialectical behavioral therapy at Recovery in Motion in Tucson is carried out in four phases: skills training, individual therapy, telephone therapy and therapist consultations. This therapy is often most effective for patients who are overwhelmed by their life.
Psychoeducational Group Therapy For Substance Abuse Treatment
An addiction to drugs and alcohol does not usually present itself alone; it often comes with another mental health disorder that exacerbates addiction. Our Tucson facility brings people together with common hurdles to learn about the characteristics of addiction, its ramifications, and the conduct and demeanor associated with it. Our rehab also educates in the same manner. Groups are structured and moderated for those with depression, trauma or PTSD, anxiety, trust issues, similar addiction types, stress issues, and common triggers, to name a few. This is called psychoeducational group therapy.
Psychoeducational groups impress self-awareness to increase personal growth, neutralize the denial of the addiction and encourage individuals to advocate for themselves by seeking and utilizing available resources to prolong an abstinent lifestyle in recovery. The education gained in these sessions strengthens individuals’ motivation to institute a pattern of constructive practices throughout the rest of his or her lifetime.
Families also benefit from psychoeducational groups, leading to an increase in overall family participation in the treatment program. Education is provided to the loved ones of those addicted to drugs and alcohol, which provides a comprehensive understanding of addiction as a mental health disorder, how it’s treated, and available resources for friends and family members going through the recovery process.
Treating Trauma & PTSD within a Therapeutic Group
Trauma is a physical, mental, or emotional anguish that intensifies the characteristics of addiction. They can happen in childhood or adulthood and are often the cause of an addiction. Substance abuse treatment is often futile if a previous trauma has not or is not addressed during substance abuse treatment. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common form of trauma treated with addiction.
Our therapeutic approaches utilized in the trauma therapy programs allow one to process feelings and memories related to the trauma, learn how to manage personal feelings of fear and other strong emotions, and rebuild the capacity to put trust in others. Group trauma therapy is an effective method for many individuals working to overcome a trauma as part of their addiction treatment.
Group therapy is an essential component to substance abuse treatment at Recovery in Motion and can be an extension of support after treatment, well into recovery and beyond. Our goal is the comprehensive healing of one’s mind, body, and spirit. If you have the same goal, call us today at (866) 418-1070. We’re ready to help you get started on the path to a lifetime of recovery.
Group Therapy & Learning Valuable Life Skills
Group therapy is an exceptional opportunity to learn and apply life-skills that are imperative to a successful lifetime of recovery. Substance abuse treatment and aftercare reacclimate an individual to a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. Healthy reactions to bad news or other sources of pain in one’s daily life replace old habits of drinking and abusing drugs.
Group therapy provides feedback from peers as these skills are honed and inserted into daily life as standard routines. Group therapy meetings usually take place at the same place and location on a weekly basis, which provides an opportunity for practice in accountability and socialization. Becoming acquainted with like-minded people after the isolating life of addiction can be complicated; however, efforts to socialize are welcomed and rewarded in our group sessions.
Participating in this group setting requires respectful and effective communication with others as well as management of intense emotions that may have led to the substance addiction being treated.