Group Therapy for Group Recovery: Proven Effective Methods of Addiction Treatment
There are many styles of group therapy based on the neuropsychiatric diagnosis or entity being targeted.
These include but are not limited to group therapy for:
- Death of a Child
- Post-Traumatic Stress
- Mood Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Relapse Prevention
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Each group therapy style mainly employs cognitive behavioral group therapy techniques. Cognitive therapists and behavioral therapist were like northbound and southbound lanes of the same highway. Cognitive group therapists essentially preached: Come to us and we can help you change the way you think and eventually you will change the way you act.
For example, cognitive group therapists suggest that unhappy people focus on what they have and forget about things they do not have, and they are more likely to smile
Behavioral therapists essentially preached: Come to us and we can help you change the way you act and eventually you will change the way you think. For example, behavioral group therapists suggest that unhappy people force themselves to smile and eventually their minds will be less haunted by negative thoughts.
Hence the name cognitive behavioral group therapy and although it is essentially implemented in each of the aforementioned group therapy types, eating disorders group therapists can run into more clinical glitches when running a bipolar depression group and vice versa.
Knowledge of Addiction for Treatment Providers
Group therapists specializing in addiction tend to be more universal because over fifty percent of cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, gynecology, hematology, internal medicine, immunology, nephrology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pediatrics, psychiatry, pulmonary, rheumatology, surgery, and urology patients have a substance use disorder and about one million American’s die annually from substance use disorders.
More specifically, about 500,000 Americans die young annually from nicotine, street drug, prescription narcotic drug and alcohol abuse, while the balance die older of the symptoms of oxidized food addiction: heart disease, cancer, stroke or atrial fibrillation, diabetes type 2, and Alzheimer’s.
Group therapy for group recovery is one of the main avenues to achieving an authentic recovery. This method of converting from a self-defeating addiction lifestyle to a self-fulfilling recovery lifestyle has been tested in the field for over sixty years.
And as they say in the field: It works if you work it.
A common problem for newbies is they typically say: Oh, I do much better one-to-one. I’m not a group person. This is often in response for their real fear, which sounds something like this: I can con my individual therapist pretty well but a group of addicts are going to bust me right away if I try and pull one of my schemes on them. During the first week of group therapy for group recovery the first-timer typically is quiet and does what we all do best; see how everyone else is messed up and come up with ways for them straighten up and fly right.
This is typical because if you consider the time you spend looking at others and the time you look at yourself, you’ll probably find that you look at yourself less than one percent of a twenty-four hour day, unless you clean mirrors for a living.
During the second week the first-timer begins to see how newer group members are fooling themselves more than the group members. By week two it becomes apparent that newer members tend to believe they are in the wrong place, their habit wasn’t as bad as the junkies in the group and that if they just had the chance they could stop on their own without any of this group therapy bull.
By week three, first-timers begin to stop seeing the differences between themselves and others and start seeing themselves in other group members. By week four, first-timers learn to use group therapy as a mirrored-map to their own recovery.
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out”
– Robert Collier
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