What is Group Therapy?
Group therapy is a commonly employed and highly successful type of psychotherapy, geared towards helping individuals relate to one another and work through issues in a group setting. Group therapy has long been recognized as a critical component of integrated addiction treatment for many of the same reasons 12 step programs have proven to be so beneficial. According to an article published by the US National Library of Medicine (originally featured in the book “Treatment Improvement Protocols”), individuals base a lot of their lives — both inside and outside of the recovery communities — on how they function in groups.
“The natural propensity of human beings to congregate makes group therapy a powerful therapeutic tool for treating substance abuse, one that is as helpful as individual therapy, and sometimes more successful,” the article reads. “One reason for this efficacy is that groups intrinsically have many rewarding benefits—such as reducing isolation and enabling members to witness the recovery of others—and these qualities draw clients into a culture of recovery. Another reason groups work so well is that they are suitable especially for treating problems that commonly accompany substance abuse, such as depression, isolation, and shame.”