For most clients entering a rehab treatment facility, this big life change brings some fear. That natural fear often relates to very specific aspects of rehab, such as detox and therapies. For many, group therapy is the most intimidating. But those same people usually enjoy group sessions and even seek to maintain their peers’ mutual support long after rehab.

Why Do I Need Group Therapy?

People sharing during a group therapy programGroup therapy is one of the best methods for treating addiction, especially alongside trauma informed care for substance abuse Palm Desert CA. But today’s group counseling is not as you expect. That is, you do not just sit in a circle talking about your feelings for every session. You do much more.

A modern group therapy program uses a variety of methods and approaches. These include educational sessions, in which you learn about addiction. You also learn about your co-occurring mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder or trauma.

Some of the education of your group therapy program involves learning coping skills as part of relapse prevention. After all, your biggest goal in recovery is to maintain that recovery. This means staying sober. To stay sober, you must know what potential relapse looks like and how to stop it before you pick up a drink or resort to using your drugs.

Group therapy also involves bonding with your peers in treatment. Rehab programs seem like a forced environment of widely varied personality types, at first. But in group counseling, you quickly find common ground with your peers. You learn to support each other, communicate better and even lean on the people around you when you need to do so.

From your peers, you learn what works in recovery and where others suffer setbacks. This helps you make informed decisions in your own life. Soon, you find yourself using what you learn in your group therapy program as part of your daily life and even as you build new relationships.
Of course, group sessions also dig into why you started abusing drugs or alcohol, in the first place. Sometimes this self-discovery and growth feel uncomfortable. But as you maintain your course and engage in your group therapy, you start seeing your own changes.

What is a Group Therapy Program Good For?

As said before, sometimes your group therapy program feels uncomfortable. These tough moments give way to significant changes in your life, however. You soon learn to respect your struggles and build a sense of inner strength. So even your bad days are not the worst part of therapy.

Ironically, most people dislike the end of group treatment more than any other time in rehab. You soon find that the fear you had of spending time with strangers has become some of the most enriching and enlightening time of your life. You enjoy the strides you make so much that you do not want the support and learning to end.

The good news about leaving rehab treatment and your group counseling is that you never really have to leave it behind. Because you gain exposure to 12-step programs and other supportive environments in rehab, you know how to access this support after treatment.

Aftercare at Phoenix Rising connects you to these programs in your home community. If you want to continue attending support groups for the rest of your life, you can certainly do so. Otherwise, the support is there as you need it.

Learning More About Yourself at Phoenix Rising

Phoenix Rising in Palm Springs, California provides the quality treatment and environment you need to build stable sobriety for long lasting recovery. This treatment includes a wide range of educational, support and therapy programs, such as:

Learn more about group therapy by calling Phoenix Rising now at 8552328211. In Palm Springs, you can build a new life with the fresh mindset and knowledge you gain through group sessions. So call Phoenix Rising to learn more about this therapy and the brighter future that waits for you.