Individual and Group Therapy
As a disease, addiction to alcohol or drugs can permeate all aspect of one’s life and cause seemingly insurmountable devastation. Those who are chemically dependent on dangerous, mind-altering substances find themselves with declining physical health, increasing financial difficulties, problems with important relationships, and perhaps even resorting to criminal behaviors—forgery, burglary, theft, and so on—in an effort to sustain one’s alcohol or drug habit. In short, the disease of addiction is all-consuming, stripping away the fulfillment, health, and joy from even those individuals who display incredible promise and aptitude.
Fortunately, although addiction is a progressive and incurable disease it’s not only possible to recover, but overcoming chemical dependency is achievable. By participating in effective addiction treatment programs such as those offered by Guardian Intensive Outpatient, individuals who have been rendered powerless to an encompassing addiction can benefit from evidence-based therapies and recovery techniques of only the highest quality. Addiction treatment and recovery programs are comprised of therapies and treatments that address the individual symptoms of chemical dependency. At the core of these programs, individual and group therapy offer a means of identifying altered patterns of thought so as to deter the resultant harmful and destructive behaviors.
What is the Difference Between Individual & Group Therapy?
Any effective, comprehensive alcohol and drug addiction treatment program will incorporate both individual and group therapies, which are offered in combination to yield optimal results in the recovery process. There are inherent similarities between both individual and group therapy, especially in terms of desired outcomes and the facilitation of psychological healing in those who suffer from addiction; however, there are also some marked differences between individual and group therapy for substance abuse and addiction.
As its name would suggest, individual therapy consists of one-on-one meetings between a patient and a therapist and, as such, is focused on the individual. The course of each therapy session is structured and progresses according to the needs of a patient, affording the therapist or counselor a means of giving personalized guidance, monitoring the individual’s progress, and identifying and addressing some of the individual’s recovery obstacles. Moreover, individual therapy tends to be based on the tenets of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which is an approach to counseling that involves correcting thought patterns so as to foster healthy, productive behaviors. On the other hand, group therapy has a more prominent emphasis on communication, socialization, and the learning of important coping skills. Unlike in individual therapy, the group setting allows individuals to derive support and encouragement from peers, which has shown to be motivating while also encouraging more active participation. Group sessions often offer addiction education, strategies for managing stress and other negative emotions, support for trauma or grief, advice for dealing with relapse triggers and cravings, support for comorbid or co-occurring conditions, and advice for dealing with a variety of different social scenarios.
How Guardian Intensive Outpatient Utilizes Individual & Group Therapy
At Guardian Intensive Outpatient Program, we utilize proven and state-of-the-art therapeutic techniques in the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction. In individual therapy, those in recovery will benefit from the one-on-one guidance and support of our experienced psychotherapists who operate under the most effective modalities of psychotherapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy. While in group therapy, individuals will be joined by peers for a social, communicative, and dynamic form of treatment that incorporates elements of both cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy. Not only are the facilitated group sessions a means of offering an enriching set of skills and strategies for maintaining sobriety both during and after treatment, but they afford program participants with a means of healing by developing, exploring, and examining interpersonal relationships with other members of the group.
The Benefits of Individual & Group Therapy for Substance Abuse
Over the course of years spent in active addiction, substance abuse becomes thoroughly ingrained in one’s daily routine and life. As such, changing such a prominent habit is no easy task. The individual and group therapy sessions we offer at Guardian Intensive Outpatient are an essential and central part of our recovery curriculum because they allow individuals to identify the thoughts and behaviors that contributed to their addictions while arming them with the knowledge, tools, and strategies to fortify their newfound sobriety and maintain lasting abstinence from alcohol and drugs. Over the course of individual and group therapy sessions, individuals will become highly motivated to maintain sobriety through their persistent efforts, learn relapse prevention skills in order to maintain sobriety, receive positive incentives through encouragement and support, develop strong and healthy communication skills, and become increasingly confident in recovery.
Begin Your Journey to Recovery—Contact Guardian Intensive Outpatient Today
Like drug & alcohol addiction, recovery doesn’t happen overnight. However, unlike addiction one’s recovery is a lifelong process that is dependent on the quality of addiction treatment. At Guardian Intensive Outpatient Program, we pride ourselves in offering state-of-the-art treatments of only the highest caliber, ensuring that each patient is armed with all of the tools that are essential to lasting sobriety. If you or someone you love is suffering from chemical dependency and would like to learn about the treatments we offer, call Guardian Intensive Outpatient today. A new life is just a phone call away.