Group therapy is a structured therapeutic intervention that allows groups of patients who share a common symptom or symptomology to meet regularly, share experiences, learn from each other, and support one another in mental health treatment. Group therapy, or support groups, can be hugely beneficial to the patient, providing an additional layer of treatment to their personal recovery plan. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) says that group therapy offers a number of advantages, including:
- Reduction in isolation
- Information about the disorder or symptoms for those new to treatment
- The opportunity to learn from the mistakes and successes of others
- The support of other members of the group during difficult times
- A forum to work through trauma
- Accountability from the group to continually work toward making positive choices
- The opportunity to support others on their road to balance
- Additional structure that continually reminds patients about the positive social skills and behaviors they should engage with others
- A culture of recovery and hopefulness
There are a number of different types of therapeutic groups that may aid your loved one in his recovery. Which one he chooses should be determined based on his past experiences, his current mental health symptoms, and his goals for recovery. Need more information? Contact us at Futures today.
Psychotherapeutic Educational Groups
The goal of these groups is to educate the patient on the nature of their mental health disorder and give them the information they need to better understand what is happening to them. The more the patient knows about what is driving the symptoms they experience, the better able they will be to separate themselves from the issues emotionally and learn how to manage their symptoms. Also, the ability to identify episodes before they start or events that may trigger symptoms will help them to self-manage.
These groups are specific to substance abuse treatment and designed to either help someone in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction or aid friends and family in their recovery. Often, attendees have a sponsor who can guide them through working the steps, and ultimately have the opportunity to become a sponsor themselves.
Specific Skills Group
Anger management, stress management, job skills, couples communication – there are no shortage of groups devoted to helping attendees develop a specific skill that will aid them in becoming stronger and more confident in their ability to manage their lives and relationships healthfully.
Cognitive Behavioral Groups
These groups are dedicated to helping patients identify the perspectives, beliefs, and thought patterns that are causing them problems in their lives. Learning how to become more adaptable to change, communicate wants and needs without escalating arguments, and adjusting views that may be limiting their ability to feel happiness, hope, and joy.
Devoted to helping specific relationships (e.g., parent and child, spouses, siblings, etc.), these groups gather together sets of relationships and give them an opportunity to practice effective communication skills. In some cases, there is an ability to work through specific issues or past issues that are problematic to the relationship on a day-to-day basis.
Will Group Therapy Benefit Your Loved One’s Treatment Program?
Learn more about the therapeutic treatment options available to your family member here at Futures when you contact us at the phone number listed above today.