Group sessions with 8-10 patients are led by a therapist twice a day. Patients work together, confront each other, 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.
How Group Therapy Improves Rehab
Group therapy is an integral part of our treatment programme as it:
- Helps patients to confront 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 confronts 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:
- Trauma therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Relaxation therapy
- Gambling addiction,
- Eating disorders group therapy
- Relapse prevention group
- Women’s group therapy
- Young adult’s group therapy
- Body image group therapy
- Relationship therapy
- Grief and loss group therapy
- Cross-addiction therapy
- Coping skills therapy
- Equine assisted therapy
- Drumming therapy
- Art work therapy