HOW GROUP THERAPY CAN HELP ADDICTS AND THEIR LOVED ONES HEAL
Sometimes, the love of family members and friends can be enough to help an addict overcome their physical and emotional problems and can even serve as a form of therapy. Individuals suffering from a drug/alcohol abuse disorder or a form of addiction face obvious problems (including detox, withdrawal, and final rehabilitation), but they require emotional support and love during these difficult times. However, what some people may not realize is that the addict’s loved ones may require support, as well. A variety of resources are available for patients, their families, and their friends. Here is a look at how family therapy can be beneficial on many levels.
A Valuable Chapter in Treatment
Cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychotherapy are essential forms of healing for people recovering from addictions to lethal drugs like opioids or crystal meth. However, many people find solace in group sessions rather than individual sessions. Camaraderie offers an escape from isolation (something addicts are hoping to prevent) and allows patients to hear stories that could serve as positive reinforcement.
One example is the 12-Step Plan, most famously sponsored by Alcoholics Anonymous. Taking part in this plan allows people to experience spiritual or emotional awakening by adhering to set principles and hearing the triumphant stories of fully recovered addicts or individuals suffering from similar problems.
Hope for Victims’ Families and Friends
During these difficult times, members of victims’ families and their friends may require counseling and camaraderie as the result of their relationship with an addict or an abuser. Having to live with an individual going through severe withdrawal and watching them suffer can have a profound effect. Likewise, these people may require advice for how to approach a loved one or a friend that is suffering from addiction.
In this case, groups like Al-Anon propose that family members or friends of addicts should share stories through a form of group therapy or counseling. By sharing experiences and stories, these people can understand the difficulties addicts experience and determine how they can help these victims live happier and healthier lives.
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