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Here's An Overview Of Substance Abuse Group Therapy

Substance use disorder is an illness that impairs someone's ability to control drug or medicine use; by affecting their brain. Substance addiction occurs at different rates, and its risks vary depending on the drug used. Substance abuse therapy deals with the symptoms and provides appropriate coping mechanisms for people struggling with substance addiction. Group therapy entails treating two or more patients at the same time. A trained leader often conducts group therapy sessions in a therapeutic environment, i.e., inpatient, residential, or outpatient recovery programs. 

Types of substance abuse group therapy  

Group therapy is available in various categories. Your treatment preference, special needs, emotional stability, and stage of recovery often determine the type of therapy you need. Here's an outline of the group therapy types.

Psychoeducational group therapy

It provides the patient with insight into substance use disorder,  its effect on their mental health and behavior, and the outcome of their behavior. Psychoeducational therapy often occurs in a class setting. For instance, the leader provides information in lecture form and may use visual and audio aids in their presentations. This therapy helps the patient identify the effects of substance abuse, the obstacles one faces during recovery, and how to address them appropriately. 

Cognitive behavioral group therapy

Cognitive behavior therapy employs the idea one can learn and reinforce a maladaptive behavior with time. Its primary focus is changing the patients' maladaptive behavior by evaluating and modifying their thoughts and emotions. It identifies one's distorted beliefs and problematic behavior and encourages them to adopt positive thinking and behavior patterns. This therapy teaches patients how to prevent relapse. 

Skill development group therapy

This therapy entails a lot of interaction among group members, on which the leader bases the teaching material they will use. The sessions primarily focus on skills that enable the patient to abstain from drug use. Patients often learn how to effectively deal with their triggers, manage their finances, positively interact and communicate with others and identify and modify their anger responses. 

Support group therapy 

This therapy ensures all members receive care and understanding. It mainly helps its members to improve their interpersonal skills through their interactions with their leader and each other. For example, the group leaders may model a positive interaction to illustrate the desired level of communication. 

Advantages of group therapy 

It provides quick therapy access and allows one therapist to treat several clients simultaneously. This therapy empowers group members and improves their sense of self-worth by enabling them to help others in their journey to recovery. Educates members on the challenges encountered in the recovery process and equips them with healthy coping mechanisms. It enables its members to form meaningful relationships that are often a source of support and encouragement outside the sessions. 


Struggling with substance abuse can be a gruesome experience. Therefore, you don't have to battle it alone. There are various treatment options available to help you combat your addiction. Contact a rehabilitation center to learn more about substance abuse group therapy programs.