Human beings have a natural inclination to be social with others. This natural tendency allows us to have families, participate in religious activities, and have a social life, among other things. We don’t just look to these groups for the joy they bring. They are also meant to be there when life gets challenging. They are intended to bring balance.
At TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health in Murfreesboro, TN, we use group therapy as a critical component of our treatment programs. Attempting to handle trying times on your own can be overwhelming. For others, it might lack a support system at home. Even if you have a support system, that doesn’t mean they understand your life as someone facing similar obstacles.
Our group therapy program in Murfreesboro, TN, allows participants to take the burden of constantly explaining themselves away. Instead, you will find yourself in the company of peers who don’t need an explanation.
Types of Group Therapy
Our team of experienced therapists leads our group therapy sessions. Some are sober from substance use disorder (SUD), while others are recovering from mental health disorders. Either way, you will be among those who understand your stage of recovery.
The different categories of group therapy at TRUE include the following:
- Psychoeducational group therapy focuses on those who are in treatment for substance addiction. That can include illicit drugs, prescription medications, and alcohol. Psychoeducational group therapy includes education about addiction and its impact on a person’s life and emotional support.
- Skill Development teaches coping skills and life skills. For addiction, you can expect to recognize your triggers and what to do if you cannot avoid them and understand healthy social relationships. For mental health treatment, you will learn how to understand and process your thoughts and emotions and improve your self-esteem and self-worth.
- Cognitive-behavioral group therapy makes individuals aware of attention and concentration problems. It improves your organization and time management. You learn to break down tasks, making managing your daily life easier. CBT can also help you to build confidence and control impulsive behavior.
- Support groups are a way for participants to hold each other accountable. Participants must be open to constructive criticism while giving and receiving support from the entire group.
- Interpersonal process group therapy has you consider your past and how events and situations have affected your current addiction or mental health condition. We aim to reduce the traumatic memory’s emotional intensity and reprocess it so it no longer causes distress.
The Benefits of Group Therapy
Group therapy has several benefits that can contribute to a person’s overall wellness and quality of life. The following include some of the advantages that our therapists witness in their clients during sessions.
- Emotional Support and Validation: Group therapy is a place to share your experiences and challenges in a safe space. When others can validate our feelings, the burden feels lighter, and the walls of isolation start to come down.
- Social Learning: In a group, we naturally learn from others. Their experiences teach us about our actions while gaining new coping skills based on how they processed the experience.
- Interpersonal Skills Development: Participants can work on their communication and listening skills. They also learn conflict resolution and understand the importance of empathy. Once you build skills to interact better with others, you can enter healthier relationships and engage in less risky behaviors.
- Build and Establish Relationships: Group therapy allows you to meet with your same peer group for each session. You become a supportive family for each other. This results in forming new friendships with others who are regaining their lives and working on self-improvement.
- Cost-Effectiveness: Unlike individual therapy, group therapy splits the therapist’s time among several people. Because of that, it can be a more cost-effective option for some. The low cost also allows more people who deserve therapy to receive it.
- Enhanced Self-Awareness: Even though it is a group setting, the individual reflection continues after the sessions end. The feedback gained during the session can increase self-awareness and personal growth. You can gain insights into your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
Ultimately, the success of group therapy depends on your participation and willingness to be open and receptive to it. The more you can let your walls down, the more you gain from each session. In addition, through our individualized approach to treatment, your therapist will decide when and if group therapy fits you.
What Groups Do We Offer?
TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health offers several services requiring group participation. Each group will vary in size, and your therapist will guide you through the options that will work best for your personal needs.
- Yoga is a therapeutic practice that alleviates the symptoms of addiction because of its positive impact on mental health. We combine physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation to encourage our clients to be in the present. Yoga is a holistic approach to physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
- Life coaching for drug rehab and mental illness offers support and guidance. Life coaches work with clients to help them create a fulfilling and purposeful life in recovery. While therapists and counselors focus on addressing the psychological aspects of recovery, our life coaches focus on practical strategies and skills to support clients in rebuilding their lives.
- Recovery coaching is a supportive and personalized approach to helping our clients recover. Our recovery coaches are trained professionals who provide guidance, encouragement, and accountability to individuals seeking to overcome their addiction and maintain long-term sobriety by providing another level of accountability, addiction education, and life skill development for overcoming cravings and preventing relapse.
- Peer support specialists are individuals who have personal experience with addiction and recovery. They offer empathy, understanding, and guidance to those struggling with addiction, providing hope, encouragement, and practical support throughout the recovery journey.
- Music therapy uses music and its elements to assist with addiction recovery and mental health disorders. Music has a unique ability to stimulate emotions, bring up good memories, and boost relaxation. In music therapy, individuals engage in activities such as listening, playing instruments, singing, or composing music. These activities can help individuals express their feelings, reduce stress and anxiety, and provide a healthy emotional outlet.
Music therapy also promotes self-awareness and self-expression and supports emotional regulation. It can enhance motivation, provide a sense of joy and connection, and positively distract from cravings. By incorporating music therapy into treatment, individuals can experience increased emotional well-being and find new coping skills.
- Art therapy can include drawing, painting, sculpting, and more. It promotes self-confidence and self-esteem, doesn’t require dialogue, and is a judgment-free safe space. Through creating art, individuals can explore and communicate their emotions, thoughts, and experiences in a nonverbal and symbolic manner.
Art therapy promotes self-reflection, self-discovery, and emotional release, allowing individuals to gain insight into their addiction triggers and underlying issues. It also provides a healthy outlet for stress, anxiety, and cravings.
Art-making can enhance self-esteem, build coping skills, foster a sense of accomplishment, and promote mindfulness. By integrating art therapy into a treatment plan, individuals can develop healthier coping mechanisms and improve overall well-being.
- Movement therapy involves physical activities such as dance, fitness, or martial arts to support healing and recovery. It helps individuals express emotions, reduce stress, improve body awareness, and develop healthy coping strategies as part of their treatment.
Why Choose TRUE?
TRUE also offers a connection of focus on community. TRUE believes in supplying our clients with multiple avenues to find their TRUE connections while in our program and to establish long-term solutions for their aftercare to promote sustainable recovery.
We are connected to local resources of community outreaches, churches, service work opportunities, and an environment that believes in celebrating moments of progress at all times. TRUE offers connections to celebrate these achievements within our programs with monthly festivities, community events, experiential outings, motivational speakers, and a seasoned staff with experience to deliver these promises.
Join a Group Therapy Program
Group therapies are critical to our intensive outpatient (IOP), partial hospitalization (PHP), and sober living programs at TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health. Clients benefit from these groups and often continue participating even after treatment ends. If you are struggling with substance abuse or mental health disorders, seeking professional treatment is critical.
Our dedicated team of clinicians works with groups of clients to promote healthy living through the recovery process. If you need help, call us today so we can match you with a program that meets your specific needs.