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How Group Counseling Helps Recovery from Substance Abuse

Group Therapy for AddictionGroup Counseling Aids the Pathway to Recovery

Group counseling provides opportunities for those struggling with addiction and dependency to become intermixed with positive stories, sharing abilities and a supportive community all within a recovery environment. For many, the task of admitting that there is something wrong, and then following up with rehab and group counseling can be a daunting step. Yet these hard steps often prove to be a therapeutic experience at the same time.

When people who share a common hope for recovery come together in their counseling session, it is the vulnerability of sharing stories and experiences that can allow them to feel safe and free of guilt and shame. Group counseling is used in most rehab facilities as a means of showing those who fighting addiction and dependency that being honest and open about their own story with addiction be a positive and healing experience.

Sharing Your Experiences With Substance Abuse

As most people on the pathway to recovery from addiction and dependency can attest to, sharing their experiences can sometimes be accompanied by shame and a feeling of unrest or uneasiness. Yet, in opening up in a group counseling setting, they are able to see the many ways sharing their story can be beneficial for themselves and others also recovering from addiction and dependency.

Group counseling brings together the like-mindedness of physicians, therapists, nurses and families that are seeking to transform lives and overcome addiction and substance abuse. In a group therapy setting patients are encouraged to share, to listen and to learn about substance abuse issues of all types. And in many group therapy settings families are brought in to listen and learn how to assist and be a resourceful support for a those recovering from addiction and substance abuse.

Pathway Healthcare’s lead counselor, Kiran Virani, shares, “Groups that take place in a non-judgmental social environment allow the opportunity for continued development of interpersonal skills and social learning. It gives a sense of commonality and the realization that “I am not alone.” The group experience can replicate family dynamics and helps members become aware of how others view them and what impact their behavior has on others. Because group topics tend to focus on change, members are more likely to follow through on their commitment. Group provides members with respect, feedback, support, and encouragement to help facilitate change. Diversity is a big contributor to the group environment and allows members to view the real world from different perspectives. The value of a diverse group is its capacity to challenge the norm and boost improved decision making”

How to Ensure Success

A successful group therapy program is generally measured by the number of people that finish and do not relapse. Group settings that have high success rates provide tools necessary to those in recovery that can allow them to feel safe or comfortable reaching out to a friend or family member when they have fallen back into the trenches of substance abuse.

Pathway Healthcare focuses on group counseling as a relatable experience that can positively affect those battling addiction and dependency and their families. In a group counseling setting, barriers are brought down and softened, along with new trust levels and coping mechanisms learned. Effectively, group counseling can assist those with addiction and dependency and help them onto the pathway of becoming clean and leading a new lifestyle.