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What Are the Differences Between Individual and Group Therapy?

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At Northpoint Nebraska, we provide various addiction therapy programs for our patients. We understand the toll addiction takes on your overall well-being, which is why we take a holistic approach to treatment. To achieve lasting recovery, you must work to heal your mind, body, and soul. Participating in therapy significantly impacts your recovery journey and improves your chances of lasting sobriety. Not addressing the mental side effects of addiction can lead to relapse and create an unhealthy cycle. We provide different therapy programs, including individual and group therapy, to ensure each patient gets the support and care they need to regain their life.

If you would like to learn more about the individual therapy we offer, you can contact us at 888.351.3834 today.

Understanding Individual vs. Group Therapy

While individual therapy and group therapy are beneficial types of addiction therapy, they differ in what they offer and the benefits they provide. During individual therapy, patients meet one-on-one with a mental health professional. It gives those in recovery a safe, supportive environment where they can explore their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Each patient meets with the same counselor throughout their treatment which helps establish a foundation of trust and understanding. This also helps the individual feel more comfortable and open up more. An individual therapy program allows people to get to the root of their addiction and understand the factors that influenced their substance abuse. This is crucial for starting the healing process and being able to look towards a new life of sobriety.

In group therapy, a therapist meets with multiple patients at a time in a group setting. Individuals with similar addiction experiences meet together to help each other through recovery. The mental health professional balances the needs of each group member, making sure to address shared concerns while also making sure individual needs are met. Group therapy also provides patients with a safe environment for peers to share their experiences without fear of judgment. This can help those in recovery feel they are not alone and have more hope for the future.

Benefits of Individual Therapy Services

Both therapies offer their own benefits and will meet different patient needs. With our individual therapy services, patients regularly attend sessions with a therapist to address their personal issues and concerns.

Some of the benefits of one-on-one counseling are:

  • Gaining a better understanding of yourself and the factors that contributed to your addiction
  • Identifying addiction triggers
  • Learning healthy coping strategies to manage stress and deal with addiction triggers
  • Enhancing mindfulness
  • Developing more self-awareness
  • Learning to communicate more effectively
  • Learning how to set healthy boundaries

In the early stages of treatment and recovery, it can be intimidating to speak about your struggles and past in a group setting. Not everyone is comfortable sharing their experiences, which is why an individual therapy program can be an ideal treatment option for many.

Benefits of Group Therapy

The most glaring difference between individual vs. group therapy is the number of participants. While the thought of opening up to a group in group therapy can be intimidating, it can be highly beneficial for patients. Knowing you are not alone and that others share your experience can significantly impact your mindset and recovery progress.

The benefits of group therapy are:

  • Helping patients feel more connected to others
  • Developing a healthy support system of sober peers
  • Consistent community building
  • Receiving feedback from others facing similar situations
  • Improving communication and listening skills
  • Building solidarity among participants

During group therapy, members can develop strong bonds with each other. Having people you can relate to and who will help hold you accountable can also make you more focused and determined during treatment. A healthy support group is beneficial in achieving lasting recovery, and members can form meaningful relationships during treatment.

One-on-One Counseling and Group Therapy at Northpoint Nebraska

To learn more about the differences between individual vs. group therapy, contact our Northpoint Nebraska team at 888.351.3834.