Group Therapy for Opioid Use Disorder

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What is Group Therapy

What is Purpose of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse?

Overcoming an addiction requires more than a singular and simplistic solution.

In order for individuals to overcome the physical, psychological, and emotional components directly associated with addiction, they must take part in a treatment program that focuses on each of these individual components. By gaining an understanding of what caused addiction in the first place, patients are able to learn new methods of handling future situations without the aid of opioids or other substances. Group therapy is one tool utilized to gain a deeper understanding of the root causes of addiction and can help patients move forward in the recovery process in a healthy manner.

Group therapy is a therapeutic method in which multiple patients take part in a singular therapeutic session. Typically, group therapy sessions include one counselor working with a small group of patients, although some sessions may include the assistance of multiple counselors.

As is the case with individual therapy, the goal of group therapy within a medication-assisted treatment program is to identify and address both the external and internal influences that may have aided an individual to turn to substances in the first place, as well as what may have caused him or her to continue using. Since addiction is rarely the result of a singular cause, it is important for patients to understand what contributed to their addiction in order to understand how to appropriately treat it. Stress, pressure, trauma, abuse, and self-esteem issues can all aid in the development and continuation of substance abuse. Group therapy provides patients with the opportunity to discuss their addiction and recovery within a safe counselor-led environment.

Group therapy is not only effective due to the counselor who is leading the sessions, but also because of the patients who are participating in each session by sharing their insights, feelings, and personal experiences. The fundamental goals and values of group therapy are as follows:

  • Universality– Aiding in easing the feelings of loneliness by emphasizing the common emotions and experiences between group members
  • Self-understanding– Acquiring perspective into one’s own troubles by listening to other group members openly communicate their progress and obstacles
  • Interpersonal learning– Gaining the ability to learn from the thoughts and experiences of others in the group while being able to openly communicate one’s own emotions and perceptions
  • Altruism– Feeling the importance of aiding in the improvement of others’ lives
  • Information– Gaining more information about the disease of addiction as well as the recovery process
  • Hope– Realizing that other group members have overcome difficulties that one may currently be struggling with
  • Imitative behavior– Gaining new skills and tactics by witnessing the positive behaviors of both the counselor and other members of the group
  • Cohesiveness– Feeling a sense of fitting in, purpose, and confirmation by going through the therapeutic process with other individuals
  • Catharsis– Experiencing a sense of relief from embarrassment by openly sharing one’s struggles

Objectives for Group Therapy

Objectives of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse

The dedicated team at Claymont Comprehensive Treatment Center realizes that importance of incorporating group therapy into our medication-assisted treatment program. By providing patients with a safe and supportive network of counselors and other individuals who truly understand the struggles associated with addiction, patients are given the tools and support required to achieve and maintain long-term recovery.

Since no singular medication or therapeutic technique can cure addiction, those struggling with an opioid addiction must seek support for the physical and emotional components of the disease. By combining these elements into a comprehensive treatment plan, patients are able to achieve long-term success.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to opioids, please contact the dedicated intake team at Claymont Comprehensive Treatment Center today.