The recovery community is a powerful support network for people in all stages of recovery to find strength, compassion and understanding. We know that finding support throughout your recovery is crucial to sustained abstinence. We emphasize the power of community and the role it plays – both in the initial rehab process and as needed after that. At Beachcomber, you will make your first connections with others in your group therapy sessions in Delray Beach and the greater Miami area.
It is natural to feel anxious and apprehensive about group therapy; it may have been incredibly difficult to admit your addiction to yourself, let alone friends and family. So, the idea of sharing intimate details of your life with people you have never met might feel completely unrealistic and uncomfortable. However, the benefits of group therapy on treating substance abuse are so overwhelming that it has become a vital part of addiction recovery journeys in some way, shape or form. Group therapy helps you feel like you’re not alone, rather, you belong to a community of others with shared experiences and the shared goal of drug abstinence. Part of the drug addiction rehabilitation process is to recognize and find strength in this community.
Beachcomber works with Florida recovery groups to create a productive environment for group therapy and support infrastructure that will go on to help people for decades into their sobriety.
What is group therapy?
Group therapy sessions take place with a skilled, experienced group facilitator and other people who are looking to understand and overcome their addictions; the group will be comprised of people with similar issues and diagnoses. The group facilitator will be an addiction specialist and be well versed in encouraging group members to speak freely about their experiences, hopes, fears and challenges.
The aim of the group is to create a safe, open, non-judgmental and supportive environment for people to listen and share with each other. Sometimes a group member may gently challenge another to try and encourage individuals to take responsibility, avoiding blame and criticism. It is particularly powerful for group members to be in different stages of recovery, so long-standing members can provide reassurance and guidance to newer members, which provides a sense of responsibility, maturity and care and compassion; feelings that are proven to help boost confidence and self-esteem, key for recovery.
Is group therapy suitable for me?
If you have struggled, or currently struggle to express your feelings and emotions with others, group therapy will help identify reasons why, and be hugely beneficial in overcoming the barriers that prevent open and honest communication with others.
It can take time for group members to feel comfortable with one another and begin to open up a group dialogue. This is to be expected and managed by the group facilitator and requires patience in each group member.
If a group member is struggling to identify the reasons why they use drugs or alcohol to cope with difficult situations, it can be incredibly useful to hear someone else explaining their reasons and feel their stories resonate. Group therapy allows the whole room of people to learn from one another and help build one another up, using communal trust, respect and empathy.
Get in touch for more information
At Beachcomber, we have extensive experience treating patients for addiction and so completely understand feelings of uncertainty and fear of the unknown. For this reason, we encourage anyone who is thinking of seeking treatment for addiction to get in touch as soon as possible with any questions you might have, for you or a loved one.
We will aim to answer all your questions, honestly and in as much detail as we can for your peace of mind. To struggle with an addiction can feel like an intensely lonely place; but you are not alone, we are here to help.