Group Therapy services are focused groups designed to be flexible and meet the needs of the community. These may include substance use disorder groups (similar to those in IOP), specific skill-building groups, packaged programming for local referral sources, and treatment groups for people utilizing Medication Assisted Therapy with local practitioners.
Group therapy can be an extremely effective part of the rehabilitation process for those who are working to overcome a substance use disorder. A group setting can also be an effective place to address a range of other disorders as well including the various kinds of depression and anxiety, trauma-induced disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and several eating disorders.
At Waypoint Recovery Center, we offer flexible group therapy services for focused groups with an emphasis on meeting the needs of the shared community that is created when individuals come together for therapy. These may include substance use disorder groups (similar to those in our intensive outpatient program), specific skill-building groups, packaged programming for local referral sources, and treatment groups for people utilizing medication assisted therapy with local practitioners.
In all of these cases (and others besides), the camaraderie that can develop among members of a group can be a powerful aid in the therapeutic process. Or to put in the words of the American Psychological Association, a major benefit of group therapy—one that makes it distinct from individual approaches to therapy—is the development of “a common identity and sense of shared purpose.”
That sense of shared purpose allows group members to provide support for another, make progress toward individual and group-defined goals, and simply make each person feel a bit less alone in their struggles. Group therapy builds a culture of accountability—and that can serve as a powerful motivator for each individual to pursue wellbeing not only for their own sake but as part of their responsibility to the entire group.
Additionally, the combination of shared experiences (everyone is dealing with a substance use disorder) and disparate experiences (everyone has arrived where they are by a different route unique to them) can provide a foundation for strong connections among the members of the group. A professional therapist can use these distinct features of group therapy to help the entire assembly make significant progress toward wellness together.
The benefits of group therapy are well documented, but for some people—especially those who with more introverted personalities or a strong desire to maintain their privacy—the idea of getting together with strangers to discuss problems and personal experiences can be quite intimidating.
At Waypoint Recovery Center, we understand those concerns. We are committed to helping each person we serve find their own comfortable level in a group therapy settings. For example, we encourage group therapy participants to find a time to talk directly with the facilitating therapist so that a shared understanding of a person’s boundaries can be established. The therapist will work to ensure those boundaries are not crossed in the course of group therapy sessions. Knowing those boundaries are in place can help an individual feel more at ease during meetings of the group.
Over time, many people discover that they eventually feel more comfortable in group therapy than they ever expected they would. In fact, as therapy progresses, a person may find that they are willing and able to expand their boundaries so that they are willing to share more honestly and completely with their peers. That can be a wonderful thing because, as with so much else in life, what a person gets out of group therapy is directly related to how much they put in. Adopting a spirit of openness and honesty—and knowing that support can be both given and received in group meetings—can go a long way toward ensuring that group therapy has a positive, lasting impact in a person’s life.
Waypoint Recovery Center is dedicated to facilitating group therapy in an environment of mutual respect, support, and empathy. When those are the guiding principles, group therapy can be truly transformative for participants.