Addiction thrives in isolation. Those who are struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol might find themselves cut off from friends and family as a result of this disease. If you’re working to overcome addiction, you might feel as though no one in your life understands the struggles you face. And if you’re dealing with co-occurring mental health issues or trauma, these feelings can be compounded. However, group counseling for addiction can change your perspective. In sessions with others in recovery, you’ll find support, encouragement, and hope for your journey to recovery. At Midwest Center at Youngstown, group counseling is part of every level of care we offer, from residential treatment to outpatient care.
Why We Offer Group Counseling
Groups intrinsically have many rewarding benefits, such as reducing isolation and enabling group members to witness the recovery of others. Another reason groups work so well is that they are suited especially for treating problems that commonly accompany substance abuse such as depression, isolation, and shame.
In group counseling sessions the group, led by the counselor, will explore alcohol and other drug problems and/or addiction and the ramifications of substance use. Discussions include an examination of attitudes and feelings and consideration of alternative solutions and decision-making. Some of the topics and issues you might discuss in group counseling sessions include:
- Relapse prevention
- Navigating conflict
- Healthy outlets for stress
- Roadblocks on the journey to recovery
- Managing mental health issues
As a result of group therapy, you’ll likely change your outlook on addiction. You’ll find that you are not alone in your feelings and thoughts. It is likely that several people in the group share a similar experience.
Benefits of Group Counseling for Addiction
Being in a group setting means having several other people cheer you on. They’ll help you set and achieve goals toward your recovery process. Another member of your group might bring up a challenge they are having that is similar to your problem. Seeing the problem from another perspective may help you see your own issue in a new light and enable you to see new solutions.
Other benefits of group counseling for addiction include:
- Reduced stress – You’ll discover healthy outlets for life’s stresses in sessions
- Increased levels of confidence and self-esteem – Reduced feelings of isolation can help you feel more like yourself
- Help with learning healthy coping skills – These skills can help you avoid relapse
- Feedback from experienced therapists – Your therapists and counselors have helped countless individuals break free from the cycle of addiction
- Lifelong friendships – The connections you make with your peers in recovery can provide support even after you leave treatment
Group sessions complement individual therapy. During one-on-one sessions, you might dive deeper into a specific topic with your therapist or discuss issues that are too personal for a group setting.
Take Your Life Back from Addiction at Midwest Center at Youngstown
Contact our team today to learn more. At Midwest Center at Youngstown, our goal is to make addiction treatment accessible and affordable for residents of Youngstown and beyond. For too long, addiction has impacted countless families in our community. Our approach to treatment involves evidence-based and holistic therapies, medication-assisted treatment, case management, and family involvement. We help our patients heal in body, mind, and spirit in order to promote lasting, sustainable recovery.
Don’t let addiction keep its hold on your life. Group counseling for addiction can help you see a way out. Reach out to the Midwest Center at Youngstown team today at 844.544.0502 or connect with us online to take the first step.