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What is the Purpose of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse?
The challenges that accompany the abuse of opioids are incredibly complex.
Individuals who are battling an addiction to opioids must confront the physical, behavioral, emotional, and psychological challenges that accompany this disease in order to successfully recover. But by addressing each of these aspects, patients are able to understand what led them to abuse opioids in the first place. With the proper interventions and supports, men and women who have struggled with opioid dependence can achieve the healthy, drug-free lives they desire and deserve.
Many treatment modalities have proven to be effective in treating addiction, and group therapy is one such time-tested form of support. Within the treatment setting, group counseling provides patients with the opportunity to uncover and process recovery-related issues so that they can progress towards a future free from the dangers of addiction.
Objectives of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse
Typically led by a counselor or clinician, the objective of group therapy is to address and treat the emotional and behavioral influences that may have caused an individual to begin to abuse opioids. Multiple factors such as stress, mood disorders, social pressure, and a history of trauma can often cause an individual to struggle with chemical dependence. But by providing a safe and supportive environment in which one can openly discuss these factors, patients are able to work towards resolutions for their addictive behaviors.
While this form of support can take many forms, the following are the primary philosophies associated with group therapy:
- Universality: Group counseling eliminates feelings of isolation by emphasizing the commonality of feelings and experiences shared between members of the group.
- Self-understanding: One can obtain insight into one’s own issues by listening to other group members share their experiences.
- Interpersonal learning: Participants learn from other group members while also being able to openly communicate their own emotions and viewpoints.
- Altruism: Group members benefit from contributing to the improvements of the lives of other individuals.
- Hope: In witnessing the success of other group members, participants can see examples of a drug-free existence, providing hope for the future.
- Information: Group therapy provides psychoeducation about the disease of addiction as well as the recovery process.
- Imitative behavior: Participants can develop new ways to handle stressful situations in a healthy manner by observing the positive behaviors of other group members as well as the counselor.
- Cohesiveness: By engaging in group therapy, one can experience a sense of community, validation, and purpose by sharing the therapeutic process with other individuals.
- Catharsis: Often group provides an opportunity to feel a sense of freedom from once painful and overwhelming emotions.
Shelbyville Comprehensive Treatment Center (CTC) values the important role that group therapy plays within a patient’s treatment progress. By bringing patients together with other individuals who are also receiving treatment for addiction, patients are given the opportunity to receive and provide the support and encouragement that is required in order to successfully progress in their recovery.
Although there is not a singular cure for an addiction to opioids, taking a comprehensive treatment approach provides patients with the highest likelihood of achieving lasting recovery. Group therapy plays an extremely important role in the overall progress of a patient during his or her time at Shelbyville Comprehensive Treatment Center.
If you or someone that you love is struggling with an addiction to opioids and would like to learn more about group therapy as well as the other treatment options that we offer, please contact a member of our treatment team today. We are here to assist you or someone you love in taking the first steps towards lasting recovery from opioid addiction.