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Group therapy is a gathering of people who share similar experiences, symptoms, or treatment goals. Group therapy involves a group leader who facilitates the topics and flow of the group. Group therapy is beneficial in many ways, and can even help you meet new friends. Group therapy is used to treat a variety of concerns, including addiction treatment.

Group therapy is about being with a group of people who have shared experiences. Group therapy is different than individual therapy. The group itself is the therapeutic part of therapy. The details of fellow members journey’s may be different, but you are all working together to achieve recovery. Group therapy is a great way to learn from others, as well as teach others by the experiences that are unique to your journey.

12 step meetings are a type of support group. While 12 step meetings are different than treatment-based group therapy, 12 step meetings use the support of members, sponsorship, and service. 12 step meetings often refer to themselves as one alcoholic or addict helping another. The group is a powerful tool and you may be able to experience a 12 step meeting while you are in treatment.

Many treatment programs incorporate 12 step groups into treatment. This will be a great way to see how the meetings are run and the type of people who facilitate the meetings. You will notice that the facilitators of 12 step meetings are in recovery, often having many years of sobriety.

There are other types of group therapy at treatment. These groups are facilitated by therapists or addiction counselors. The facilitator may not be in recovery, but they will be able to provide a lot of insight. Topics can range from:

  • Education on alcohol and drugs
  • Education on addiction
  • Withdrawals
  • Relapse prevention
  • After treatment care
  • Meditation
  • Importance of nutrition

You may being group therapy or 12 step meetings feeling uncertain or shy. That is perfectly okay. You may not have to say too much when you first start going to meetings or groups. Eventually, you will start to feel more comfortable.

Group therapy is an excellent way to meet sober friends. If you attend 12 step meetings, you can find a sponsor and begin working through the 12 steps. You will enjoy seeing people with more and less amounts of sobriety because you can learn from each other. If you don’t know where to start but are interested in group therapy, consider calling a local addiction treatment center for more information.

Call us now at 855-4-KCENTER, we can teach you how to stay sober. We are committed to putting you and your recovery first. At the Kimberly Center, our clients are in trusted hands.

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