Group Therapy

Group Therapy in Port St. Lucie, FL

If your substance abuse or mental health issues have reached a point where it is having a detrimental impact on your daily life, it might be time to seek help through addiction therapy services, including group therapy for substance abuse.

While many people are ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help, it is important to remember that there is no shame in wanting to improve your overall quality of life. After all, substance abuse and mental health conditions are diseases.

Just as you would with other medical conditions, seeking help for your substance abuse and mental health struggles is important to your overall health and well-being.

At Amethyst Recovery Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida, our rehab facility offers group therapy and other addiction treatment services to help people receive the treatment they need.

What is Group Therapy?

Group therapy is a therapy session that takes place in a group environment. Group therapy sessions are typically led by a trained therapist or addiction counselor.

The concept of group therapy as a tool within addiction treatment dates back to the early to the mid-20th century. As soldiers were returning home from World War II, many needed both addiction and mental health treatment.

Since there was such an overwhelming need for therapy by large groups of people all at once, treatment professionals began to experiment with group therapy sessions. As more and more treatment professionals began incorporating group therapy into their treatment methods, it continued gaining traction to the point where it is today.

group therapy for substance abuse

Over the year,s group therapy has proven to be effective in treating more than just substance abuse and mental health conditions. One study showed that women who suffered from metastatic breast cancer and attended group therapy lived up to 18 months longer than those women who did not attend group therapy.

What Does Group Therapy Treat?

Group therapy can help treat a wide variety of mental, physical, emotional, and behavioral issues such as:

  • Substance Use Disorders (SUDs)
  • Behavioral addictions (sex addiction, gambling addiction, etc)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Family members who may be battling addiction (Alanon)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Eating disorders
  • Anger
  • Other mental health disorders

How Does Group Therapy Work?

Group therapy sessions are designed to address struggles with addiction and mental health just like individual therapy. Unlike individual therapy, which is conducted in a more intimate 1-on-1 setting, group therapy sessions are held in a group setting.

For those in recovery, especially in the early stages, group therapy can be a valuable way to build a support system. Group therapy allows you to share some of the struggles that are unique to those battling addiction in a supportive environment surrounded by others who can truly understand what you are going through.

While it is nice to have friends, family members, and loved ones there for support, the bonds you make in group therapy are unique since everyone in group therapy is there as a way to recover from their addiction and mental health struggles.

Some examples of group therapy include:

  • Support groups (AA, NA, SMART Recovery, etc)
  • Psychoeducational groups
  • Skills-Development groups
  • Interpersonal process groups
  • Group Psychotherapy

What To Expect During a Group Therapy Session

The size, structure, and length of a group therapy session will vary based on the type of group therapy session it is. More traditional group therapy sessions tend to be smaller, often having no more than 16 people in a session. Psychoeducational groups can be much larger though with as many as 24 people participating in a given session.

Group therapy sessions can last anywhere from 1-2 hours and the room may be set up with all chairs forming a circle or with chairs in rows facing the front of the room.

In a smaller group therapy session where the chairs are in a circle, the meeting may open with the therapist or counselor running the session introducing themselves, and then allowing everyone in the circle to go around and have a chance to speak.

From there, the person leading the meeting will either proceed with the meeting. Some meetings will rely heavily on group member participation while other sessions will be more educational.

Benefits of Group Therapy for Substance Abuse

In addition to forming a support system, group therapy has several other benefits as well including:

  • Accountability – Even in times when you may not hold yourself accountable for your actions, others will.
  • Encouragement – Witnessing others overcome their struggles can be a great reminder that you, too, can overcome your struggles.
  • Communication – Group therapy allows everyone a chance to speak and find their voice. Often, breakthroughs can happen simply by talking about your problems.

Is Group Therapy for Substance Abuse Covered By Insurance?

Like other forms of therapy, group therapy is typically covered by most major private healthcare providers as part of their overall mental health and addiction insurance coverage. The amount that is covered usually depends on your insurance provider and the type of plan you have.

If you have any questions about your insurance plan as it pertains to individual therapy, you can reach out to your insurance representative or you can contact us directly. We will look over your policy and let you know what is and isn’t covered before you start treatment.

Seek Group Therapy for Substance Abuse At Amethyst Recovery Center

If you or a loved one needs group therapy, it is important to remember that there is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about. Seeking treatment to make yourself a healthier and happier person is admirable.

At Amethyst Recovery Center in Port St. Lucie, FL, we understand the importance of therapy, which is why we offer group therapy, including our 12-step recovery program as part of our residential treatment program for both substance abuse and mental health conditions.

For more information about how we can help you achieve your goal of getting the help that you need, contact us today.



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