Group sessions with 8-10 patients

Patients work together, empathise, support and see positive changes in each other.

Group therapy enhances self-awareness and insight through the shared experiences and openness of other group members.

See: Women only groups | Bereavement therapy

How Group Therapy Improves Rehab

Group therapy is an integral part of our treatment programme as it:

  • Helps patients to discuss their self defeating behaviours and negative attitudes
  • Encourages the process of change through support and challenge
  • Identifies problems and situations which could lead to relapse
  • Educates on drinking and drug-using behaviour and its consequences
  • Assists patients in making decisions that are crucial to their recovery
  • Prepares patients for long-term abstinence and involvement in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA)
  • Encourages patients to learn from the experience and example of others

How Group Therapy Works

One of our trained and experienced therapists listens, gently identifies and points out issues and problems, reflecting these back to the patient. Group therapy does not try to find causes for dependency but rather takes a practical “here and now” look at each patient’s addictions.

During group therapy patients present their life stories, complete small tasks and present homework e.g. examining some of the most serious consequences of their addiction and sharing this with the group, or identifying how fear/shame blocks their recovery. This begins a journey for patients which, with the additional insights from the group, enables them to deepen the understanding of their addiction.

Specialised Group Therapy

Some groups are directed towards a particular goal:

Bereavement/Grief Therapy

Grief is a powerful and complex emotion accompanied by deep, lasting pain. Going through a natural grieving process that eventually provides acceptance and closure is critical. Using alcohol or drugs to numb the pain may prevent the healing process.

Grief can occur not just after the death of a loved one but also after divorce, separation, miscarriage, stroke, disability, moving home, or redundancy. All of these life events can be a trigger for alcohol or drug addiction or exacerbate an addiction that is already formed.

Some of our patients arrive with unresolved grief (or bereavement) that contributed towards or exacerbated their addiction. . We teach patients about the five stages of grief so they can understand and manage these feelings.

The 5 stages of grief are:

  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance

How Grief Therapy Works at our Rehab Clinic

Castle Craig holds a grief therapy group so that patients can share their feelings. Grief can cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and we treat this in our trauma therapy group, in individual therapy sessions and by using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and eye-movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR).

Grief and Addiction Relapse

Bereavement is also a trigger for relapse so we teach patients the importance of grieving without alcohol or drugs. Castle Craig’s grief counselling therapy provides comprehensive treatment for patients struggling with alcohol or drug abuse problems, complicated by grief and loss. Our expert team of Consultant Psychiatrists, doctors, nurses and therapists works closely with patients to develop a plan that supports them through every step of the recovery process. Contact us today if you or someone you care about is recently bereaved and needs alcohol and drug addiction rehab treatment.

Women-Only Therapy Group

At Castle Craig, we understand that it can sometimes be difficult for a woman to talk about the emotional pain and traumatic experiences she has gone through in a group that includes men. Women’s Group provides a safe and comfortable setting for women in recovery to open up and share stories and feelings that they may otherwise keep hidden.

Women talking and laughing

There are a number of benefits to a women-only therapy group, including:

  • Non-confrontational, non-judgemental and compassionate environment for women to share their struggles, fears and anxieties
  • Sharing within a women’s only group creates a safe community
  • Members can develop a shared sense of empathy and community, find common issues and provide mutual support that can be transferred to a safe network once people leave rehabilitation and are back to their home environment
  • All-female groups provide a more supportive setting for treating co-occurring disorders that women commonly struggle with, such as trauma or eating disorders.
  • Women’s group therapy helps address specific social and emotional problems that are usually associated with substance use among women, such as:
    • Stigma
    • Negative portrayal of women in society and the media
    • Stereotypes about beauty and women’s sexuality
    • Motherhood
    • Social and familial pressure
    • Marital problems
    • Intimate partner abuse or codependency
    • Other interpersonal reasons that could contribute to addiction

Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | April 27, 2021