One of the most common treatment modalities that nearly all addiction treatment programs offer is group therapy. Group therapy is an integral part of addiction treatment; however, it is often underutilized. When used intentionally, this form of therapy can help you find some of your greatest success in recovery and keep you on the right path toward lasting sobriety.
What Is Group Therapy?
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “Group therapy is a therapy modality wherein clients learn and practice recovery strategies, build interpersonal skills, and reinforce and develop social support networks.” Groups can involve any number of individuals, but small group therapy boasts the greatest success.
Group therapy is widely used in the treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs), and it’s one of the most popular treatment methods. SAMHSA continues explaining that group therapy “consists of individual theoretical approaches adapted to the development of specialized manual-based group treatments.” This therapy modality is effective in improving overall treatment engagement, facilitating the development of coping skills, and providing necessary recovery support.
Why Is Group Therapy So Popular?
Group therapy and addiction treatment go hand-in-hand. SAMHSA’s Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 41 explains this may be because “people who abuse substances are often more likely to stay sober and committed to abstinence when treatment is provided in groups, apparently because of rewarding and therapeutic benefits like affiliation, confrontation, support, gratification, and identification.”
The 2020 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) reports that group counseling was provided by 93% of all SUD treatment facilities. Regarding the N-SSATS from the year prior, this number remained the same. As a result, these statics address group therapy as a well-established treatment modality.
In addition to the perceived social support experienced through mutual-support groups, the popularity of these groups may result from affordability and overall efficiency in delivering this type of treatment to multiple people at once. Treatment centers find group therapy to be cost-effective, and as a result, individuals report great progress in their sobriety journies.
Benefits of Group Therapy
Group therapy offers a plethora of therapeutic benefits. Here are just a few examples:
- Promotes social support
- Reduces isolation
- Reduces stigma
- Fosters the development of communication and interpersonal skills
- Enables participants to practice recovery-oriented strategies with other participants
- Facilitates creative and healthy stress management techniques
- Fosters self-expression and awareness
When a person participates in group counseling, it can make their recovery journey a lot less lonely. Instead of trying to navigate treatment and recovery on your own, group members can be there as a pillar of support and understanding.
Group Therapy at Lighthouse Recovery Texas
At Lighthouse Recovery Texas, group therapy is utilized throughout every outpatient treatment program. Our clinical group sizes are maxed out at just eight people versus an industry average of 15 to 24. Small group sizes like these have proven advantages, such as allowing your voice to truly be heard.
In large groups, therapy is more generalized. It’s harder to support each person with individualized help, guidance, and connection. In small groups, however, you will have a better chance at creating a closer community with peers and receiving individualized support that’s unique to you.
Partial Hospitalization Program
Lighthouse’s partial hospitalization program (PHP) is our most intensive form of outpatient treatment. This program is ideal for those who have just completed inpatient detox or have more serious addictions. The PHP is highly structured, which will help bring stability to your life as you begin your recovery journey.
The PHP at Lighthouse is a month-long program consisting of 30 hours of group programming each week, plus individual therapy and psychiatric support. Our comprehensive curriculum is custom-built and tailored to each individual. This type of individualized care is necessary because each and every person has their own unique struggles and goals for the future.
Intensive Outpatient Program
Lighthouse’s intensive outpatient program (IOP) is usually the next step down after a client successfully completes the PHP. The IOP level of care is less rigorous, with more free time throughout your week to continue work and family responsibilities.
The IOP at Lighthouse is a 12-week program that consists of three group therapy sessions and one individual therapy session per week, in addition to psychiatric care, if needed. Our IOP is a great option for those who want to continue counseling and addiction treatment while they start to integrate back into daily life.
For those who do not have a stable home environment, sober living is a fantastic option while you are enrolled in treatment. Our sober living program is designed for those in early sobriety who need strong support as they transition back to independence.
During the early stages of sobriety, it can be challenging to face outside triggers on your own. This becomes even more difficult when you do not have a stable environment to go home to. The Sober Living program will help you learn how to overcome your triggers in a safe and supportive community setting. Strong group support, structure, and accountability will help you prevent relapse and set you up for long-term sobriety.
The outpatient treatment programs at Lighthouse provide each client with their own Recovery Coach for even more unique and individualized support. A Recovery Coach will help you through the ups and downs of treatment and can be that shoulder to lean on when you need it most.
A recovery coach will provide you with support outside of regular clinical programming. Their support will help you find connections in outside recovery groups, create accountability, and set goals for your recovery journey and beyond.
Group therapy is a highly popular treatment modality that is used by 93% of all substance abuse treatment providers. This therapy modality has massive benefits, including the fostering of strong connections and peer support. At Lighthouse Recovery Texas, our outpatient programs consist of up to 30 hours per week of group programming, depending on your treatment level. Each group at Lighthouse consists of no more than eight individuals, ensuring that your unique voice is heard and your individual needs are met. For clients who do not have a stable home environment, Lighthouse offers a sober living program that will further strengthen community bonds and keep you on track for long-lasting sobriety. Call us today at (214) 396-0259.