For people with drug or alcohol addiction or mental health disorders, a support group may be one of the core components of long-term success. It is just a part of an overall treatment program. Yet, it’s critical for providing real-world support and connection with others. At Insight into Action Therapy, we offer group therapy as one part of your treatment plan.
What Is a Support Group?
When people share the same, or similar conditions come together to work on healing, that’s a support group. Most people need individual therapy. Individual therapy occurs when a person works one-on-one with their therapist to work through specific issues and treatment needs. In group therapy, a few people come together, led by a therapist, to work on recovery.
What Does a Support Group Really Offer?
Group therapy happens during the treatment program. This is done as a part of therapy itself. Support groups bring people together to discuss and work through a range of topics. Some of those include:
- Learning about the addiction or disorder. Group support is an excellent way to learn about your condition, including learning to spot symptoms of distress.
- Exploring early warning signs of relapse. In group therapy, it’s possible to discuss what to look for, including feelings, thought patterns, or behavior that could indicate the need for more help.
- Managing stress. For many, stress is a part of life and the leading cause of relapse. Utilizing role-playing and discussion, people learn how to manage stress effectively.
- Discussing experience. Often, it is possible to learn from the experience of others in the group. This could include things like how they handle other people or manage difficult relationships.
- Improving communication. Being able to request help and learning how to communicate feelings also plays a role in therapy success.
How to Find a Support Group
While you in treatment with our team, you’ll work within our group therapy programs. This is a good starting point. Use what you experience here is as a guide to finding more help later.
Once you leave formal therapy, you’ll still need to embrace rehab aftercare. This is support that combines both formal sessions with a therapist and group therapy. It keeps you connected to professionals while also sharing what’s happening in your life with others.
In addition to this, you can seek out a support group through local programs and organizations. This adds another layer of support when you need it the most – when you are living your life and working through your challenges. This help ensures you don’t turn to negative behaviors instead of getting support when you need it.
With constant support, it’s possible to minimize the risk of relapse. It is possible to enjoy a higher quality and even happy life. It’s about keeping the lines of communication available to minimize the risk of negative outcomes.
Find Group Therapy and Rehab Aftercare with Us
At Insights Into Action Therapy, we provide a range of tools and resources to support you as you work through treatment. That includes giving you tools and strategies for managing stress, relationships, and communication needs. We offer a wide range of programs to help you get started on the right path. This includes:
- Alcohol addiction treatment center
- Medication-assisted treatment programs
- Dual diagnosis recovery programs
- Psychiatric evaluation services
- Outpatient treatment program
Your goal is to get help. Support groups provide one part of that for you.