What to Expect from Group Addiction Counseling
At Caron, we’ve found that people recover best in a community of others who share common experiences. For this reason, the majority of our addiction treatment programs are gender and age-specific. This results in groups of men, women, boys, or girls who are at roughly the same place in their lives, giving them shared experiences upon which they form close bonds.
Why is group addiction counseling an important part of rehab?
Group counseling for alcohol and drug addiction presents valuable opportunities to learn from peers. At Caron, groups of men, women, boys, and girls who share many life circumstances form close bonds as they rehabilitate from drug and alcohol problems.
During group counseling, patients discuss their experiences, problem-solve, lend support and empathy, and encourage one another on the path to recovery. Helping each other in this way fosters growth and healing for all. In fact, many patients find that advice from a peer—someone who’s been there—is much more meaningful than advice from anyone else.
Also, going through counseling provides important perspectives. Examining addiction in a group setting lends fresh perspectives and helps patients understand their drug and alcohol problems in new ways. Most notably, group addiction counseling sessions help patients recognize and own the ways in which substance abuse has affected their lives and the lives of those around them. Sessions also allow patients to prepare for possible blocks to recovery, identify signs of relapse, and develop coping techniques to help them through treatment and ongoing recovery.
Perhaps the most fundamentally important element of group addiction counseling is the sense of community it fosters: It helps patients understand that, no matter how difficult the road to recovery might be, they aren’t traveling it alone.
Group Counseling for Behavioral Health
In addition to group addiction counseling, Caron provides many specialty treatment groups that focus on topics like adoption, anger management, body image and eating disorders, grief and loss, trauma, and much more.