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What is the Purpose of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse?
Individuals who are working to overcome opioid addictions must receive care for the physical, psychological, behavioral, and emotional complexities that accompany chemical dependency. In order for treatment to be effective, a comprehensive approach must be taken in order to successfully address each of these factors. Group therapy provides patients with a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to process these components.
Typically utilizing the leadership of one counselor, group therapy sessions allow multiple patients to come together with their peers in a safe environment to discuss a variety of topics related to addiction and recovery. Like individual therapy, group sessions focus on identifying and processing the behavioral and emotional factors that have contributed to an individual’s addictive behaviors in the first place. Because external factors such as abuse, stress, and self-esteem issues can all contribute to the development of addiction, treatment must allow patients the venue in which to safely explore these different factors.
Objectives of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse
The success of group therapy is dependent upon the expertise of the counselor who is leading the session as well as the patients who are sharing their insights and experiences with the group. The following are the philosophies and goals of group therapy at Willamette Valley Comprehensive Treatment Center:
- Universality – Highlighting the unity of emotions and experiences amongst group members to help diminish any feelings of isolation
- Self-understanding – Creating awareness into one’s own issues by listening to other individuals share their obstacles and achievements
- Interpersonal learning – Learning from the viewpoints and experiences of other group members, while also being able to openly share one’s own emotions
- Altruism – Seeing the value of adding to the lives of other group members
- Hope – Accepting the fact that other individuals may have overcome hurdles that one may currently be experiencing
- Information – Learning more about the recovery process as well as addiction
- Imitative behavior – Developing new techniques and skills by observing the positive behaviors of both the counselor as well as other group members
- Cohesiveness – Experiencing a sense of purpose and validation by sharing the therapeutic experience with others
- Catharsis – Feeling a reprieve from emotional pain by openly sharing one’s struggles with other individuals
By providing patients with the chance to come together with other individuals who understand the struggles associated with addiction while under the guidance of a trained counselor, Willamette Valley Comprehensive Treatment Center is able to supply the care needed to help men and women overcome their addiction struggle effectively. Although there is no singular cure for addiction, utilizing a comprehensive treatment approach provides patients with the opportunity to address and process the emotional and physical facets of addiction in a safe environment.
If you or someone you care for would like to learn more about the therapeutic interventions and other treatment options we offer, please contact the intake team at Willamette Valley Comprehensive Treatment Center today.