Outpatient Group Therapy
A major part of recovery is the creation of a community of like-minded individuals who can help you through the trying times that sobriety can bring. This notion is written into the 12 Steps with the inclusion of the word “We” in the First Step and if you ask any person with long-term recovery they will tell you how important relating to others is.
This is one of the reasons that group therapy sessions, like the ones we offer at Second Chance Counseling, are so important in the treatment process. Just about every treatment protocol requires a group setting of some sort, and this is because it allows people who suffer from addiction to relate to their fellows and come out of the self-imposed isolation they have been in. However, this is not to say that people do not and cannot benefit from individual therapy, but often times a group setting will be required at some point during the recovery process.
At Second Chance Counseling, we understand the importance of having our clients relate with each other and the importance of their creating a support network for themselves. We believe that two people who are in the same boat and experiencing the same things can greatly help each other, because of the solidarity created by similar struggles and because of the support they can offer each other during their times of need. This ability to relate when coupled with professional counseling, acting as a guide, creates a situation where recovery can flourish, and the sort of sustained recovery we strive for can become attainable.
What are Outpatient Groups?
Outpatient Groups, like the kind we offer at Second Chance Counseling, are any group therapies that are employed for usage in the treatment of substance abuse. They can vary dramatically in their topic and their goal, as some will focus on life skills, while others focus on learning how to cope with past traumas. Essentially any topic that is pertinent to mental health or substance abuse treatment can be used in one of our groups, and the effects that these groups often have are astounding.
For some people the notion of group treatment is difficult to comprehend at first, as they do not feel comfortable sharing their story in a group setting. They walk in the first day and see a number of people sitting in a room and their anxiety instantly kicks in. Yet after a few sessions of hearing the open and honest sharing of their peers, this trepidation often times is quelled and they begin to feel comfortable with the idea of exposing long held beliefs or fears that they have.
Often times in group settings like ours, a client will hear their peer share something that they have always thought or experienced themselves, but could never give voice to. When this occurs, healing can begin, as the individual will no longer feel alone or they will finally understand what has been going on in their head.
Who Can Benefit from Outpatient Groups?
Essentially anyone who suffers from addiction can benefit from attending outpatient groups. The immediate results are usually a new understanding of what addiction is, and the ability to implement coping skills in their life, but the ancillary benefits are the creation of friends and support that they never knew was possible.
This latter benefit is one of the greatest things about group therapy sessions, because when people feel alone, or feel like they are the only person who has experienced what they have experienced, they are less apt to ask for help and less apt to voice their issues. So when they attend outpatient groups they are often times amazed at how many people feel exactly like they do, and with this knowledge, they then can feel to express themselves and seek healing.
Our staff is well aware of these benefits and that is why we attempt to create a safe and supportive environment in all of our outpatient groups. We hope to give you the space you need to share your concerns and problems, all while giving you the tools you need to work through some of the more difficult times in your life.
Finding the Right Outpatient Groups For You
If you believe that you may have a problem with drugs or alcohol and you think that you may need to seek help, then call the professionals at Second Chance Counseling today at 1-614-635-9011. Our trained staff is standing by to help you in any way that we can. We understand how difficult a decision it can be to ask for help, and we know that what you are currently experiencing is tough. So give us a call today and let us help you on your journey into recovery.