We believe in the power of group therapy to bring about positive change in the lives of our guests. Facilitated by our addiction therapists, group therapy at Royal Life Centers can be extremely effective in treating substance use disorder. A group setting creates a support network, while guests help one another to come up with solutions and hold each other accountable.
Sharing with others can help group members put their own circumstances into perspective and boost confidence and self-esteem. Group therapy is also conducive to guests learning avoidance behaviors and feeling more connected to others in their recovery journey. Perhaps most importantly, this sort of interaction can help those overcoming a substance use disorder to feel less alone.
How It Works
Group therapy in the context of substance abuse is typically based on a behavioral health model known as the trans-theoretical model, or “stages of change” model. These stages consist of pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenances. This model takes group members from uncertainty about recovery and sobriety to substance abstinence.
Typically, group substance use disorder therapy is a combination of five different structures. These five types consist of psycho-educational, cognitive behavioral, skills development, support, and interpersonal process. Other groups might include 12 step-themed groups, relapse prevention groups, community/culture groups, and expressive groups.
In a typical group session at Royal Life Centers, our lead therapist(s) will decide how the meeting will be structured. Followed then by an open discussion or educational session during the hour-long group. Group may focus on topics such as relapse prevention, self-worth, goal-setting, finding identity in recovery, and processing feelings and emotions. We encourage guests to be open and engage with others as much as they feel comfortable. We also make sure that our groups are welcoming, judgment-free zones where guests can express themselves and their emotions.
During detox and residential treatment, guests attend group five hours a day, every day. Next, during PHP, guests will attend group six hours a day, six days per week. During IOP guests attend group three hours a day, three days a week (five days in the first phase of IOP). At the OP level of care, guests will work with their therapist to determine whether group is still an appropriate treatment.
If you are interested in learning more about our therapy, detox, or other programs for yourself or a loved one, please reach out to us today at (877)-RECOVER. Our admissions team is available 24/7 to answer your questions.