Group Therapy is a core element of most addiction treatment programs around the world, this is because it is backed by solid evidence for its effectiveness. We have also seen for ourselves how attending group can lead to amazing transformation and change.
Group therapy is a powerful antidote for isolation. Helping others and being helped by others counteracts the selfish and self-absorbed characteristics of addiction. Low self-worth, another common characteristic of addiction, is gradually replaced by rising self-esteem as, over time, your maturing values system will help you to make decisions and changes that lead you toward your goals rather than instant gratification.
As with one-to-one counselling sessions, the group therapy sessions are confidential. In order to safeguard your privacy and our integrity, Hope requires that all clients respect the privacy, confidentiality and dignity of their fellow clients. Aggression or intimidation will not be tolerated in group. All clients are expected to arrive punctually and to remain for the duration of the group – usually one hour.
The therapeutic value of these groups cannot be overstressed. Experience shows that the clients who fully commit find themselves more able to cope with the stresses and strains of ‘life after rehab’. We want you to have the best future possible. Give yourself wholeheartedly to your treatment program, trust the process and see how.
Universality or identification with other members
Altruism or being of service by giving to other people
Installation of home by witnessing others changing
Imparting information or sharing your knowledge
Correcting experience by linking your past to your present
Imitating or modelling healthy behaviours
Cohesiveness: together we are stronger
Existential factors, such as finding purpose and meaning in life
Cathartic relief through honest self-expression
Learning to give and receive constructive feedback
You are only ever expected to reveal the information you feel comfortable within the group (it is usual for there to be some personal information you prefer to only discuss privately with the therapist) The other members of the group are not there to judge you, and they are likely to have similar issues. The therapist is always there to ensure a safe environment where members feel free to share without fear of ridicule or any type of bullying. Together we are stronger, we usually form a circle so everyone can be seen and are equal. No one need fear the group as the most important rule is “love and compassion”.