Addiction can be isolating. Women, in particular, may feel like they have to put on a brave face and deal with their addiction alone. It’s easy to feel like you’re the only one struggling, that no one could possibly understand what you’re going through. However, there are others out there who understand exactly what you’re going through and who can provide valuable insight, support, and companionship.
Group therapy is one of the most effective forms of therapy for addiction recovery. In group therapy, you’ll meet with other women who are in recovery. You’ll be able to share your experiences and learn from the experiences of others. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain valuable insights into your own addiction and learn new coping mechanisms. At Hammocks on the Edisto, our group therapy program for women is an integral part of treatment.
What Is Group Therapy?
Group therapy is a type of counseling that involves meeting with a group of people who are dealing with similar issues. The group may be made up of people who are struggling with the same addiction, or they may be dealing with different types of addiction and other concerns. Group therapy provides a supportive environment in which you can share your experiences and learn from the experiences of others.
Group therapy is led by a licensed therapist. The therapist will guide the group through discussion and exercises. The therapist will also provide support and insight and help group members to develop new coping skills.
Types of Groups at Hammocks on the Edisto
There are as many approaches to addiction treatment as there are people in treatment. At Hammocks on the Edisto, we offer a variety of group therapy options to meet the needs of our patients. These include:
- Process groups – These are facilitated by a therapist and involve discussing relevant issues in the moment and utilizing the process for effective problem-solving, feedback, support, and insight.
- Psychoeducational groups – Staff from various disciplines (medical, nursing, etc.) utilize their expertise and passions to facilitate education and/or discussion on a topic related to understanding addiction and/or the recovery process.
- Mutual help or 12-step facilitation – Mutual-help groups (AA, NA, etc.) occur regularly as we introduce or re-engage residents to this resource which is commonly a part of the healing process either through fellowship or deeper engagement. Our goal is to engage residents in the best practices to achieve sobriety and to learn to incorporate and practice skills learned through the introduction to the 12 steps, or other groups, on a daily basis.
- Life-enrichment activities – The “sober-living” skills one can obtain in a group format through other non-traditional holistic therapies, health and nutrition classes, exercises, and recreational outings are an important part of changing and expanding one’s horizons. Throughout the course of your treatment stay, there will be exposure to activities and experiences geared toward strengthening each woman’s journey into a lifestyle of recovery.
Benefits of Group Therapy
Group counseling for women can provide many benefits for those in addiction recovery. These benefits include:
- Improved coping skills
- A sense of belonging and support
- A safe environment to share experiences
- Improved communication skills
- An opportunity to learn from others
- A chance to develop new relationships
Real change is possible. The support you’ll encounter at Hammocks on the Edisto can help make it a reality.