Group Therapy for Opioid Use Disorder

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What Is Group Therapy?

What is the Purpose of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse?

The challenges linked to the abuse of opioids require treatment for both the physical and emotional aspects of an individual’s addictive behaviors. Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Maine understands the complexities associated with opioid addiction, and are here to offer patients all-inclusive treatment for their addictive behaviors. In order for lasting recovery to occur, patients must receive treatment for the behavioral, emotional, physical, and psychological aspects of their addiction. Group therapy provides patients with the opportunity to successfully work through each of these concerns.

Group therapy is a therapeutic tool that utilizes multiple participants within a single session. These counselor-led sessions bring patients together too openly and safely discuss a variety of topics in relation to their addiction and recovery. Depending on the unique requirements of each group, multiple counselors may be utilized.

Group therapy provides a safe environment for patients to openly discuss the emotional and behavioral factors that may have contributed to their addictions in the first place. Stress, abuse, trauma, self-esteem issues, and/or mood disorders can often contribute to the development of addiction. Group therapy allows patients the opportunity to navigate through these underlying issues in order to successfully progress towards recovery.

Objectives for Group Therapy

Objectives of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse

Sessions are successful due to the patients who are openly sharing their stories and experiences, as well as because of the counselor who is leading the group. Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Maine view the following as the main principles of group therapy:

  • Universality – Eliminating feelings of segregation between group members by focusing on the commonality of experiences and feelings amongst patients
  • Self-understanding – Learning more about one’s own issues by listening to other patients voice their accomplishments and setbacks
  • Interpersonal learning – Learning from the experiences of others, while being able to openly voice one’s own emotions and insights
  • Altruism – Recognizing the importance of aiding in the progression of other group member’s recovery
  • Hope – Accepting that other members of the group may have overcome obstacles that one may currently be struggling with
  • Information – Learning more about the disease of addiction as well the process of recovery Imitative behavior – Creating new insights and coping techniques by observing the positive behaviors of other group members and the counselor
  • Cohesiveness – Experiencing a sense of support and success by sharing in the therapeutic process with other individuals
  • Catharsis – Relinquishing oneself from shame and other negative feelings by openly voicing one’s own struggles with other group members

Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Maine believes that by providing patients with a safe and compassionate environment in which to openly discuss their behaviors allows individuals to successfully progress towards recovery.

Although there is no single cure for addiction, comprehensive treatment provides patients with the tools and support that can increase the likelihood that lasting recovery will occur. The support, education, and dedicated professionals that are available for patients within our centers assist patients in productively progressing towards a life without addiction.

Please reach out to Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Maine today to learn more about group therapy as well as the other treatment options that we offer. We are here to help you develop a customized plan of treatment that meets your unique and individual treatment requirements.