Elements of Effective Treatment
Mental illness and addiction don’t discriminate, and anyone can develop an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Fortunately, treatment is available to you, and many treatment facilities such as Camelback Recovery Center offer both treatment simultaneously. Effective treatment comprises many elements and is based on your specific needs, challenges, and treatment goals. Therefore, when you decide to seek help, you can expect your treatment plan to include many different interventions and therapeutic services.
Research has shown us that for treatment to be effective, it must:
Address your mental disorders and addiction and physical, vocational, social, and legal problems and be appropriate to your demographics (age, gender, culture).
Be flexible and incorporate a variety of treatment interventions and therapeutic services.
Address your motivators for change, contributing factors that led to addiction, and relapse prevention through various individual, group, and family therapies.
Be readily available.
Effective treatment focuses on the entirety of a person: family history, mental challenges, support group system, and problems that occurred because of the addiction and/or mental illness. An effective way to address these issues is through group cognitive behavioral therapy. Group therapy is a cornerstone for effective treatment for many people struggling with addiction and/or mental illness. According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 93% of substance abuse treatment facilities offer group therapy.
What is Group Therapy for Mental Illness and Substance Abuse
Group therapy is a type of psychotherapy where a therapist works with a group of individuals with mental illness or substance abuse issues. The group members share their experiences, thoughts, and feelings in a safe and supportive environment during group therapy sessions. The group dynamic can help address feelings of isolation, shame, and guilt that accompany these conditions. Other group members can provide emotional support, encouragement, and feedback to each other, while the therapist facilitates the discussion and helps individuals develop new coping strategies and healthy behaviors. Group therapy can be particularly effective for those who are hesitant to seek individual therapy and can be a cost-effective alternative. It offers a sense of community and hopes for recovery for those struggling with these conditions in a group setting.
Benefits of Group Therapy for Addiction
Group therapy is a common and effective component of substance abuse and mental health therapy. Group sessions can be conducted in nearly all treatment settings: inpatient and outpatient. As human beings, we are biologically predisposed to wanting and needing social connections with others. That need for social connectedness makes therapy groups so effective in treating substance abuse and mental illness.
Group therapy is effective because:
It provides an opportunity for group members to witness and experience the recovery of others.
It reduces social isolation and withdrawal.
It is a source of positive peer support.
Encourages abstinence from substances.
Effectively address issues that commonly occur with addiction like feelings of shame, mental health issues, and social withdrawal.
Studies indicate that group therapy is at least as effective as individual therapy in treating addiction, if not more effective in certain circumstances.