Activity groups in rehab are used to help clients through the process of understanding more about themselves, others and their surroundings. During activity groups, clients can look at core issues that have fueled their addiction. They also help clients develop communication skills and participate in social situations. Clients can provide honest feedback to one another and grow closer together by sharing each other’s experiences.
There are several goals related to activity groups, such as gaining inspiration through others’ recoveries, self-identifying as a recovering addict, and examining core values. Clients form a strong bond and trust in one another by reinforcing good behaviors and helping one another cope with stressful situations.
Who Leads a Group Therapy Session?
Group therapy is lead by a trained group leader who begins discussions and encourages everyone to weigh in. The group leader gently guides conversations and is responsible for picking up on issues that reoccur in life. By observing individuals in group therapy sessions, therapists can have a different perspective that allows them to enhance the quality of care they give to their clients.
Therapeutic Group Activities
Attending an activity group therapy session for the first time can feel intimidating. It can seem as if everyone knows each other and you’re the odd man out. However, everyone was new at one point. One of the most intimidating parts of group therapy is not knowing what to expect. By going in with an idea of what you can expect can help you focus on your recovery rather than being nervous. Therapeutic group activities you can expect to encounter during a group therapy session include:
- Making a list of activities to do instead of using drugs.
- Learning what kinds of coping strategies can be used to overcome triggers.
- Discussing the impact of language and how certain words can influence our thoughts and actions.
- Playing charades to practice expressing yourself without speaking.
- Participating in a role-playing mock interview.
- Discussing the importance of nutrition, nutrition goals, and why having a healthy relationship with food is important.
- Making a list of your bad habits and ways to replace those bad habits with healthier ones.
- Learning about and discussing the effects of opioids.
- Taking turns playing an instrument that can be passed around the group.
- Discussing stress management.
- Examining the consequences of breaking abstinence after treatment.
There are several other activities that can be done in group therapy session. However the above will give you some idea of what you can expect.
How is Group Therapy Used in Addiction Treatment?
While every rehabilitation facility is different, social activities in rehab can be utilized as a way to improve one’s life by discussing life events, challenging situations, etc. The rest of the group can offer suggestions to help the person through any difficult times or comment on life experiences. Typically, group therapy consists of a seven to twelve individuals (sometimes there can be more participants) and meet in a room where chairs are arranged in a circle so everyone can see each other. A session can begin with members introducing themselves and sharing why they are in group therapy. Group therapy is used in addiction treatment to allow clients to participate, receive advice and give suggestions to others, all while forming a stronger connection to one another. Having a strong support system is an important part of addiction treatment.
How Effective are Activity Groups?
Studies show that activity groups therapy can be an effective part of treatment for depression and traumatic stress, along with addiction treatment. Several people have used group therapy, especially in the famous 12-step program, to ensure they continue to have a long-term recovery.
Reasons to Participate in Group Therapy
There are several reasons why clients should and do participate in group therapy. Some of the reasons include:
- Allows clients to receive support and encouragement from other members.
- Members can serve as role models to each other. By seeing someone else successfully cope with a problem, other members can see that there is hope for their recovery.
- Group therapy offers a safe environment and allows clients to practice behaviors within the safety and security of the group.
At Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, we know that not every rehabilitation facility is the same. This is why we have created a drug and alcohol addiction program that is specifically designed to adapt to each client’s needs and wants. Our facility is located in the best location that provides a very comfortable and secure place and is far away from the stress of daily life. If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction, we encourage you to get in touch with us today to speak with one of our experienced treatment advisors.