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3 Benefits of Group Therapy

group of men and women experiencing the 3 benefits of group therapy during a session

Therapy is an essential part of addiction recovery. Like all addiction treatments, no two therapy approaches work for everyone. That’s why it’s necessary to understand different therapeutic approaches and work with a recovery center that provides a range of addiction therapy services. One of the most common and effective approaches to addiction recovery is group therapy.

If you or someone in your life needs a peer support group or group therapy for addiction, Northpoint Nebraska can help. With a range of therapy programs treating patients across the greater Omaha area, Northpoint Nebraska has the treatment program for you. Call us now at 888.351.3834 to learn more about the benefits of group therapy for addiction at Northpoint Nebraska.

What Is Group Therapy for Addiction?

Group therapy or peer support groups are just what they sound like. Similar to individual or one-on-one counseling, group therapy brings several people together with a single therapist.

Usually, a group is centered on a specific addiction, co-occurring disorder, or intended to support loved ones who are struggling with addiction recovery and co-occurring disorders. One of the most common peer support groups is Alcoholics Anonymous. This type of group therapy allows people to come and go, making support accessible whether someone never leaves home or travels for a living.

At recovery centers, group therapy may be more structured than AA. Depending on the patient’s recovery program, sessions are held daily or weekly. A therapist will work through various techniques to help the entire group. They will also mediate discussions, offer feedback, and prompt patients to respond to each other.

Benefits of Group Therapy for Addiction

Group therapy may sound overwhelming. For many people beginning recovery, the thought of talking about addiction and mental health with strangers can be scary. There are, however, countless benefits to a group therapy program. Benefits of peer support and group counseling include:

1. Cost-Effectiveness

Because a therapist meets with several patients at once, group therapy can cost less than one-on-one sessions. This can make therapy accessible for a more extended amount of time or help patients cope in between less frequent one-on-one sessions.

2. Community

Addiction can be isolating, especially for those with unsupportive home or school lives. Group therapy and peer support groups provide an instant community. They can help people realize their addiction isn’t so different from others. This can be both humbling and comforting as people build new sober communities through group therapy.

3. Communication

Addiction can take a toll on communication. By working with others in group therapy, patients learn new strategies for active listening. They increase empathy and improve communication, which helps them communicate with friends, family, and loved ones.

Because group therapy relies on trust and group communication, it can also help patients relinquish control to others and feel supported by a larger group. In short, group therapy helps patients feel less lonely and part of a larger community, which can boost mood and decrease relapse.

Learn More About The Benefits of Group Therapy in Nebraska

If you’re still not sure if group therapy is right for you or your loved ones, call us. The team at Northpoint Nebraska is here to answer your questions about outpatient care at our beautiful Omaha clinic. Alongside group therapy, our outpatient programs include:

  • Drug and alcohol detox
  • Meditation therapy
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • One-on-one counseling
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Trauma therapy
  • Medical intervention
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Music therapy
  • PTSD treatment

With PHPs, IOPs, and traditional outpatient programs, we have the support system to meet your needs and schedule. Call Northpoint Nebraska now at 888.351.3834 to find the right peer support group and get started today.