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Group Therapy Can Help People in Several Ways
Group therapy is such an immensely powerful tool when it comes to the recovery process. Being able to interact with other individuals who are facing similar challenges, struggles and emotions can bring true healing. Such expressions can help fellow members realize that they are not alone in their battles and allows everyone to feel empowered to share information and experiences. This process can help boost confidence and self-esteem which in-turn reduces feelings of stress, guilt and pain among group therapy members. Group therapy also provides the opportunity to hear from other individuals who are learning how to cope with and overcome a drug or alcohol addiction. This experience can be helpful for those working to gain recovery, no matter where you may find yourself on that journey.
This process cannot only reduce negative emotions and reinforce positive ones, but also help you implement healthy coping mechanisms to assist you in the recovery process. Through the group facilitator, as well as through interacting with fellow group members, you will be given the opportunity to learn how to replace your destructive behaviors and negative thought patterns with healthier behaviors that will fuel positive thought patterns.
Another key component of finding success in the group therapy setting is capitalizing on the guidance that the group facilitator provides you with. Each group therapy session will follow a structured platform guided by the therapist but often extended by the group. This means that the session conversation is controlled by the group leader but is also fueled by points that fellow group members choose to share. The feedback and additional points made by the group facilitator following these shares can have a huge impact on the group members’ growth, and can assist them in gaining better understanding of themselves and their progress.