Group TherapySubstance Abuse Treatment
What is Group Therapy?
Group therapy at Freeman Recovery Center is uniquely formed using proven methods. Expert therapists form small groups of clients and deliver counseling or therapy in a group format, including cognitive behavioral therapy or interpersonal therapy.
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Benefits from Group Therapy
Our group therapies allow visitors at Freeman Recovery Center to interact with others and learn how to form healthy communication patterns. These interactions serve as a mechanism to explore and develop interpersonal relationships with the group and can include any helping process including—support groups, skill training groups (e.g. anger management, relaxation techniques, social skills), and activity groups. More specialized group therapy techniques include non-verbal expressive therapies including art therapy and music therapy.
Therapeutic Factors of Group Therapy
Group therapy is a proven treatment method for drug and alcohol addiction. With the success of group therapy over time, many therapeutic factors (aka. curative factors) are known to result from the extensive self-support research for participants in group therapy. Therapeutic factors include:
The recognition of shared experiences and feelings among group members tends to remove group members’ sense of isolation, validate group members’ experiences, and raise group members’ self-esteem.
Participants help each other; the experience of being able to give something to another person can lift the member’s self-esteem and help develop coping and interpersonal skills.
With members in various stages of development or recovery, participants can be inspired and encouraged by other members who have overcome the problems with which they are still struggling.
Members often report positive feedback from learning factual information from others in the group regarding things such as treatment and/or access to services.
Awareness Regarding Family & Past Events
Members often unconsciously identify the therapist and other participants with their own parents and siblings in a process that is a form of transference specific to group psychotherapy. The therapist’s interpretations can help participants understand the impact of previous experiences on their personalities, and they may learn to avoid repeating unhelpful past patterns in their current relationships.
The group setting provides a safe and supportive environment for member to take risks and improve their social skills.
Learned & Imitative Behavior
Group members model (observe and imitate the therapist and/or other group members) by sharing personal feelings, showing concern, and supporting others.
Cohesiveness & Cooperation
This is the primary therapeutic factor from which all others flow. Humans have an instinctive need to belong to groups. A cohesive group is one in which all members feel a sense of belonging, acceptance, and validation.
Learning to take responsibility for one’s own life and the consequences of one’s own decisions.
Experience of relief from emotional distress through the uninhibited expression of emotion. When members tell their stories to a supportive audience, they can obtain relief from feelings of shame and guilt.
Participants achieve great levels of self-awareness through interacting with others in the group, who give feedback on behavior and the impact of that behavior on others.
The achievement of greater levels of insight into the genesis of problems and the underlying motivations of problems.
At Freeman Recovery Center, we also incorporate HeartMath techniques into our psycho-educational groups with a licensed HeartMath provider.
What is HeartMath?
HeartMath® is dedicated to empowering people through the intelligence of their hearts in order to better navigate these changing times. HeartMastery® programs and products enable people to live more rewarding, healthy, and productive lives personally, professionally, and in benefit to those around them.