Group therapy is a necessary component of addiction recovery because it allows clients to connect with one another’s experiences while learning tools towards their recovery. If you are going to begin group therapy soon, don’t worry. It may seem nerve-wracking at first, but remember that everyone else there is going through the same thing as you – they are working towards their recovery, health, and well-being, meaning that you are not alone. The activities done in group therapy are to help you think about your life and your relationship with others while getting to know your peers so that you can develop your social support network. Previous studies have shown that building this is crucial to your success in recovery, making group therapy very important indeed.
The following are some activities that you may experience in group therapy:
- Discussions on topics such as gratitude, forgiveness, relapse, recovery, anger, motivation, social support, triggers, and more.
- Making a list of activities that can be done rather than using drugs
- Writing out your stream of thoughts – whatever comes to mind
- Playing charades to emphasize the importance of body language
- Making a list of your bad habits and discussing with the group what makes these habits bad or damaging to your happiness, health, and well-being
- Creating a group story where each person only says one word
- Sharing a song with the group that holds a lot of meaning for you
- Meditation exercises, such as visualization
- Each person writes down their fear and places it into a bowl; members then pull a card out and read anonymous fears and discuss why that fear may be there
- Role-playing to learn about peer pressure, stereotypes, alternative reactions to situations, and more
If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center to learn more about various treatment programs and which one may be most conducive to your recovery. It’s never too late to begin your journey to recovery.
Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.