Group Therapy for Addiction

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Group therapy can provide emotional support, new perspectives, and expert guidance to help people address their addiction and mental health concerns. Participants often find themselves pleasantly surprised by the rewards of the group experience.

The Benefits of Group Therapy in Rehab

At first, group therapy can be a daunting prospect – joining a group of strangers to share your innermost thoughts and feelings.

However, the rewards of participating in a therapeutic group far outweigh any initial trepidation. It can be incredibly comforting to discover that you’re not the only one struggling and that everyone has their own difficulties. The diversity of backgrounds and personalities in a group can also be incredibly empowering. You can learn from other people’s approaches to issues and how they make positive changes, giving you a range of strategies to tackle your own problems.

The therapist leading the group is also an invaluable asset. With their specialist training and expertise, they can provide evidence-based tested strategies and guidance to help you make the most of the group experience.

Four Benefits of Group Therapy for Addiction

  1. Firstly, group therapy allows those in recovery to interact with other people going through the same experience, fostering a bond which can be powerful in maintaining abstinence.
  2. Secondly, it acts as a miniature version of the wider world, helping to resocialise those in recovery from addiction and enable them to relearn important social skills.
  3. Thirdly, it combats the shame and depression associated with addiction. Addiction is a disease of isolation and group therapy provides a strong sense of belonging which can improve hope and positivity and reduce the risk of relapse.
  4. Finally, groups give those in recovery a sense of hope and solidarity, inspiring them in their struggle against addiction.

How Group Therapy Treats Addiction

Group therapy is an integral part of our rehab programme at Castle Craig because 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 examples of others.

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How Group Therapy Works at Castle Craig

Our groups generally have 8-10 patients at a time, which has been shown to be the optimal number for a group therapy session. Group therapy takes a practical “here and now” look at each patient’s addictions. rather than looking for the causes of an addiction. One of our trained and experienced therapists guides the group, listens, gently identifies, and points out issues and problems, reflecting these back to the members.

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.

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.


Confidentiality of the Group

The success of group therapy depends on the willingness of its members to be open and honest with one another, creating a space where open and honest communication is encouraged. We must trust that everyone respects each other’s privacy and will not repeat or share information that is not meant to leave the group. We must remember that while we are sharing our own personal stories, we are not alone. We can build trust and find understanding in the collective experience of the group.

Specialised Group Therapy

Some groups are directed towards a particular goal:

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. More.

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History of Group Therapy

Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy that originated in the early 20th century. Pioneered by American physician Dr J.H. Pratt, it was initially used to help patients with tuberculosis learn how to care for themselves at home. During the sessions, patients found community, support and a sense of belonging, leading Pratt to refer to the meetings as ‘group psychotherapy’.

The 1950s saw the widespread acceptance of group therapy, with Wilford Bion and S.H. Foulkes leading the way in the UK. They successfully used it to treat soldiers suffering from trauma and fatigue related to the two world wars. In the decades since, group therapy has become an increasingly popular form of psychotherapy. It is used to help people with a wide range of mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, and is particularly useful for those who may not feel comfortable discussing their feelings in a one-on-one setting.

Why Alcoholics Anonymous is Not Group Therapy

Self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous do not fall under the definition of group therapy. Their structure and purpose are quite distinct from group therapy in several ways. These groups are not led by a certified therapist, have no limit on the number of participants, are free to attend, and do not require consistent attendance.

The primary purpose of these groups is to provide a supportive environment for individuals dealing with addiction, rather than to provide therapy. This does not mean that self-help groups are not beneficial. They can be an invaluable resource for individuals looking to overcome addiction, and even those who are just starting their recovery journey. They offer a safe and comfortable environment to discuss the struggles of addiction, and the members can provide advice and encouragement to one another. Additionally, they can help individuals find the strength and courage to remain sober and move toward a more fulfilling life.

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How Can Castle Craig Help?

How Do I Pay For Rehab?

One concern we sometimes hear from people is how they will fund their rehab treatment. The cost of rehab varies depending on what kind of accommodation you choose. You can pay for treatment at Castle Craig privately, or through medical insurance, and some people receive funding through the NHS.

How Long Is the Rehab Programme?

Residential rehab treatment starts at 4 weeks and can go up to 12+ weeks. Research shows us that the longer you stay in rehab and are part of the residential therapy programme, the longer the likelihood of continued abstinence and stable recovery.

Who Will I Speak to When I Call?

When you call you will reach our Help Centre team who will give you all the information you need to help you decide whether to choose treatment at Castle Craig. Once you have decided that you would like to have a free screening assessment you will be put in touch with our admissions case managers who will guide you through the admissions process.

What Happens at the End of My Treatment?

Castle Craig thoroughly prepares patients before departure by creating a personalised continuing care plan which is formulated following discussions with the medical and therapeutic team. We offer an online continuing care programme which runs for 24 weeks after leaving treatment, in order to ensure a smooth transition back into your everyday life. Patients leaving treatment automatically join our Recovery Club where they can stay connected via our annual reunion, events, online workshops and recovery newsletters.

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