"Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted." - Galatians 6:1
For those struggling with addiction, it often feels as if no one understands. Even with friends, family, and your relationship with Christ to turn to, substance abuse can be extremely isolating. It's easy to believe that everyone you spend time with is judging you or working against you, no matter the extent of your addiction.
When you are ready to seek assistance, group therapy at Road to Freedom can help provide the support and guidance you have been lacking. With our specially curated group therapy programs, we are able to offer a safe space to our patients, working to explore the ins and outs of addiction, expand upon the role of God in recovery, and provide new and varying viewpoints on moving beyond abusive habits.
When you are seeking a Christian-oriented approach to rehabilitation, Road to Freedom is here. We're prepared to aid you in treating your addiction and strengthening your relationship with God, helping you to fulfill your commitments both to your family and to Christ. Please contact us today at (844) 402-3605 to learn more about what we have to offer.
What Is Group Therapy?
Group therapy is a form of counseling that takes place in a group setting. Instead of working one-on-one with patients, therapists speak to multiple patients simultaneously. Group therapy requires at least two patients but preferably more, providing a solid foundation of peer support.
Due to the nature of addiction, group therapy is extremely popular in inpatient rehabilitation programs, teaching those working to overcome substance abuse how to build healthy relationships and find strength within one another. While group therapy can stand alone, it's most frequently used in conjunction with individual therapy or medication. In some cases, group therapy comes after a treatment program, as with 12 Step groups.
While group therapy can function both formally and casually, an effective group therapy session takes 11 unique characteristics into account. These include:
Universality refers to the universal nature of experiences shared in a group environment. When participants feel as if they aren't alone, they are more likely to prosper.
Group Cohesiveness and Altruism
Doing good to others often feels good for you. The emotions generated by helping peers through acts of altruism can instill confidence and self-worth, even in trying times.
Instillation of Hope
Hope is essential for patients seeking positive progress. Seeing the successes of others can instill hope, helping patients to stay focused on end goals.
A group setting is excellent for sharing information, providing a legitimate and authentic source that patients can trust.
Learning about others and their challenges can intensify sense of self, helping patients to more clearly understand their own struggles and triumphs.
Development of Socializing Techniques
Proper socialization can often get left behind during addiction, but group therapy can retrain patients in communication practices designed to enhance interpersonal relationships.
Behavior is rarely static. When patients observe others making positive changes, they are able to imitate beneficial steps in order to see the same changes in themselves.
Corrective Recapitulation of the Primary Family Groups
A therapy group is very much like a family, creating very close bonds that are hard to break. For those who struggle to form meaningful connections, a family therapy group can re-teach principles of bonding and behavior.
Instead of keeping negative emotions bottled up, group therapy allows patients to let their fears, regrets, and anxiety out in the open in a way that serves as an emotional purge.
Through working closely with others, patients can more accurately view their own lives, choices, and responsibilities.
At Road to Freedom, we work to incorporate each and every component into our sessions, providing maximum benefits for those going through recovery with us.
History of Group Therapy
The idea of communicating in groups isn't new, but the use of discussions and therapy in a group setting is far more recent.
In fact, group therapy didn't begin as a form of psychological treatment at all; it was first employed for tuberculosis patients in the early 1900s. While the efficacy of group counseling for contagious disease is debatable, this format continued on as a method of fostering development in struggling populations, including soldiers experiencing PTSD after World War Two.
Group therapy as we know it today was largely defined by Dr. Irvin D. Yalom, an American existential psychiatrist. He is responsible for determining the 11 factors outlined above that make group therapy an effective treatment – tactics that live on to this day.
Today, this approach to counseling is extremely common, offering a wonderful way to address everything from addiction to depression. At Road to Freedom, we strive to exemplify the benefits in group therapy in order to best assist our patients.
Types of Group Therapy
Group therapy isn't a singular approach to mental health counseling, and not all treatment groups are right for everyone. This is true in a rehabilitation setting as well; even abusers of the same substances won't respond to therapy in the same ways.
Like individual psychotherapy, group therapy exists in dozens of forms. However, five formats are the most effective for addressing substance abuse:
- Psychoeducational groups – a group approach that offers thorough education on related subjects, like the increasing severity of opioid addiction.
- Skills development groups - these groups provide an opportunity to teach skills, like sobriety techniques or ways to stand up to peer pressure.
- Cognitive–behavioral/problem-solving groups - utilizing CBT and other forms of psychotherapy, these kinds of groups work to modify behavior.
- Support groups - a common concept in everything from terminal illness to recovery, support groups provide a safe environment to share challenges with others in a similar life position.
- Interpersonal process groups - with a focus on relationships, these groups target interpersonal connections to see an improved perspective on interacting with others.
During your time at Road to Freedom, you may encounter one, multiple, or all of these group therapy options, depending on the therapy you need to recover in full.
Group Therapy vs. Individual Therapy
In general, group therapy and individual therapy are used in tandem rather than serving as rivals. However, each has unique benefits and disadvantages that can play a key role in rehabilitation.
Humans are naturally social creatures, and the opinions and ideas of others can have great influence over behavior. Group therapy utilizes this concept at length, providing a shared environment through which patients can reference everything from relapse triggers to coping methods. In group therapy, patients are able to learn and grow with others on the same path, eliminating the isolation and loneliness that can often stand in the way of progress. Patients will be able to share without judgment or negative feedback, boosting confidence and enhancing self-worth.
Individual therapy is also advantageous, despite strong differences in functionality, offering patients a confidential setting to work through personal problems. Instead of a warm, welcoming atmosphere, however, individual therapy can be very emotionally revealing, leaving patients feeling vulnerable and exposed. Group therapy softens these effects, helping patients to gain strength from their peers.
Group Therapy with Road to Freedom
"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you." - John 14:26
Group therapy plays a central role in the healing process at Road to Freedom. Each member of our community is treated with the utmost levels of care and compassion, from intake to program completion.
Upon starting our program, each patient is assigned a Road to Freedom therapist. Patients are then integrated into that therapist's primary group that meets daily Monday through Friday. This group becomes the patient's family within our facility during their stay, providing a close-knit environment that focuses on faith and recovery.
In addition, there are three or four Faith Track Groups that meet on a daily basis to teach the 12 Step principles of life and recovery from a Christian perspective. Group therapy also includes worship opportunities and in-house church services on Thursday afternoons and Sunday mornings. Patients who are permitted to go off-site may also attend Wednesday night and Sunday late morning services as well as a Friday night Bible Study.
Our services go beyond group therapy, however, offering everything necessary to develop and grow. Our complementary programs include:
- Safe, medically-supervised drug and alcohol detoxification
- Pastoral counseling
- Group addiction counseling
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Adolescent program
- Biblically-based 12 Step meetings
- Family workshops:
- Court Liaison Program
- Chronic pain management
- Holistic therapies
- Relapse prevention
- Inpatient Treatment
- Outpatient treatment
- Aftercare services
If you are seeking the right place to recover, Road to Freedom can provide the community-oriented experience you deserve. With an emphasis on scientific treatment principles and strength through Christ, we can help you utilize the power of your faith to seek sobriety.
When you are ready to recommit to the Lord and to abstinence, Road to Freedom can help. Please contact us at (844) 402-3605 to learn more about our programs, our therapies, and how we can assist. All consultations are confidential.