evidence of the support available in group therapyGroup therapy provides many benefits for women seeking sobriety. It works well along with individual counseling, family therapy and other types of mental health services. In a group you develop many new skills, like relationship building and active listening, to help you rebuild your life after rehab.

Many people feel hesitant to share their life experiences with others, at first. Maybe you feel this way, too. But soon you find yourself opening up easily to the women in your group. You also learn how to support others, while they encourage you.

About Group Therapy

Group therapy provides a place for you to learn from others. You meet with your peers in recovery under the guidance of a therapist who sets goals for the group. In the first session, you introduce yourself to other members of the group and start engaging in conversations about topics chosen by the counselor.

Group counseling sessions benefit people from many walks of life. Each group includes people with a common tie in their lives, usually a problem they individually seek to overcome. In rehab, the common tie is substance abuse. Some rehab groups focus on specific mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders.

In group therapy, you gain support from other members and return that support to them. This support includes active listening, advice, feedback, criticism, empathy, and understanding. You learn how others see you, helping you understand healthy relationships better. You also learn to trust others more, allowing them into your life after isolation of substance abuse.

One of the biggest benefits of group therapy is learning from others. Instead of living every experience for yourself and learning things “the hard way,” you gain insight from others’ experiences. You see their mistakes and successes. That enables you to use that insight for a smoother road to success in your recovery.

Making Your Group Sessions Work for You

Substance abuse problems treated using group therapy meetings include:

  • Alcohol dependence
  • Tobacco or nicotine
  • Prescription painkillers
  • Narcotics and stimulants
  • Depressants
  • Hallucinogens
  • Illicit or recreational drugs

Benefits of Group Counseling

Group counseling helps you in many ways. These include the development of healthy relationship building skills, bonding with peers in recovery and learning healthy behaviors. You also build self-esteem and self-confidence through positive feedback and sharing your experiences with others.

Individuals learn how to accept negative criticism in a group. They will also learn how others see them and how to communicate better with people. Going to group reduces your stress, emotional pain, and guilt typical to people with substance use disorders.

Group Therapy in Women’s Substance Abuse Rehab

At The Willows in Fairview, North Carolina, group therapy plays a major role in your substance abuse treatment. Whether you suffer from co-occurring disorders and need mental health treatment in rehab or only struggle with substance abuse, group therapy teaches you a lot about yourself and your needs. The Willows treats only women, so your peer group consists of other people just like you.

Other therapies and treatments of The Willows include:

  • Long-term residential rehab
  • Aftercare and transitional living
  • Dual diagnosis treatment 
  • Experiential and outdoor therapies
  • Trauma therapy
  • Service work, acupuncture, meditation and yoga

To learn more about The Willows at Red Oak Recovery and how group therapy can help you, reach out today. Call now at 855-773-0614 to find out how you can take your first step towards a better tomorrow, today.