Group therapy has become one of several best practices included in just about all addiction recovery treatment programs. Addiction therapy programs can include a range of offerings that clients can access during their treatment, such as individual therapy and experiential and holistic therapies. If you are looking for a top-quality, evidence-based group therapy program in Colorado, consider Mile High Recovery in Denver.
Mile High Recovery’s mission is to support you in your recovery and help you achieve lasting sobriety. One of the pillars of our addiction treatment programming is group therapy. To learn more about this and other therapies available at Mile High, give us a call today at 855.796.2102 or reach out using our online form.
How Does Group Therapy Work?
In group therapy, participants share their goals, struggles, experiences, and emotional process under the guidance of a licensed mental health therapist. There is no one way all group therapies will look, but the list below gives an idea of how the process works.
- Can be conducted with a therapist and two clients or more, though typically between five and fifteen.
- Typically lasts an hour but can be as long as two hours per session, depending largely on the number of members.
- Meets about once a week for outpatient clients, while the groups that meet in an inpatient program can meet two or three times per week or even every day.
- Is led by a clinician who sets and reinforces the rules, guides the process, and protects the safety and confidentiality of the group.
- Can be open or closed to new members. In an outpatient setting, the groups are typically closed, while in a residential program, they are open to admitting those newly enrolled in rehab.
- Can have a set end date or be ongoing.
- Aims to help all members benefit and reach their individual addiction therapy goals.
- Can be tailored from session to session to address specific topics such as repairing relationships, avoiding triggers, or managing a sober social life.
Benefits of a Group Therapy Program in Denver
Individual therapy has its own extremely significant benefits, and we recommend our clients engage in it for at least part of their time in treatment. But group therapy is particularly beneficial in an addiction recovery program as well. It provides numerous opportunities that one-on-one therapy does not.
Though it can seem daunting at first, and some people are nervous about openly sharing challenging information and emotions in a group setting, when you read the following list, you may realize the many ways you or someone you love can benefit from this treatment modality.
- You will know for a fact that you are not alone. In a group, it is evident from day one that you are not the only one to feel the way you do, struggle with the obstacles you have faced, or have the scary and possibly life-threatening experiences you have. The solidarity of a group working towards similar goals is incredibly reassuring and effective.
- You get to work on your communication skills. People who have been struggling with a substance use disorder often have a hard time with interpersonal communication. The very structure of a therapy group helps you develop listening skills, empathy, and patience while honing your own ability to convey what you mean clearly to avoid misinterpretation. Improved communication skills will help you in all your relationships, both in and out of group.
- You can use your new and developing skills in real-time. One of the toughest challenges for people in rehab is being discharged and navigating daily life while sober. In group, you will be using those skills and getting feedback and support in your process, so you feel more prepared when you are finished with rehab.
- You will receive supportive and honest feedback from several people. Hearing from the members of your group will broaden your understanding not only of your process and emotions but also of how others handle similar feelings and situations. Since everyone comes with a set of viewpoints and biases, hearing from more people gives you perspective on a range of insights and viewpoints.
Mile High Recovery’s Group Therapy Program in Denver
At Mile High Recovery, in the heart of the city of Denver, we offer group therapy to all our inpatient and outpatient clients as they walk the path of recovery. Our licensed, experienced, and compassionate clinicians can help you navigate that road while feeling supported and safe.
Reach out today to learn more about our group therapy and other treatment offerings to help you on your journey to wellness. Complete our online form or call us at 855.796.2102. We are here to help.