Benefits of Methadone Group Therapy during Recovery
Group therapy has been used to help several different types of addicts to support their recovery and with the help of methadone for their withdrawal symptoms, the addict is sure to become sober with little chance of relapse.
According to the SAMHSA, the support of peers (and potentially friends) is very important in supporting the individuals that are involved in group therapy programs. There are many benefits of group therapy during an addict’s recovery. For more information on treatment, please call 800-891-9360(Who Answers?).
Relieve the Isolation
Addiction has a way of making the addict feel isolated and lonely because of the relationships that were damaged during the substance use. Some loved ones will be ashamed of the addict or not understand how the addiction works and take it as the addict is doing it against them.
Even when the addict is taking methadone for their withdrawal symptoms, it is not enough to alleviate the loneliness the addict will feel. Group therapy give the addict the opportunity to create new friendships and rebuild their social network after losing relationships with friends and family due to the actions caused by the drug addiction.
Family Group Therapy
While making friends who understand what the addict is going through is an excellent way of adding support toward recovery, the addict may still feel self-conscious and frightened without the support of their family. Family group therapy is an excellent option for those using methadone because it puts everyone in a safe environment with a mediator to discuss the issue and rebuild the bonds broken by addiction.
It is hard when the family does not understand about addiction or how to react but with family group therapy, the counselor will guide the conversation so that both sides understand one other.
Encouraging the Recovery
The idea of group therapy is to give the addict hope and support to get them through the toughest times of their recovery and sobriety. According to the NCBI, these groups have eleven healing properties, including instilling hope in its members.
The group members will demonstrate their progress in their own recovery ranging from those who are just beginning their treatment to those who are almost done who share their experiences and encourage others in their efforts to find sobriety.
Confrontation is Good Too
It may come as a surprise to some, but confrontation from other patients is a common element during group therapy and can be very useful in the journey of recovery. So long as it is respectful and does not get out of hand, it can allow the addict to see their situation from a different perspective and see that their beliefs and opinions are not the only ones that matter.
Addiction has a tendency to cause selfishness to bloom and with an eye-opening experience such as controversy, the addict may realize their actions are born from selfishness and see the possibility of change.
Methadone is a great option for the harsh symptoms that accompany withdrawal from certain drugs but without the support and experience of group therapy, the psychological effects will remain and the risk of relapse will increase.
Group therapy allows the addict to realize that they are not alone, rebuild relationships with friends and family, gain encouragement toward their recovery, and learn how to deal with confrontation while being given a hint of self-realization. Group therapy has helped many different kinds of addictions and given people a new life of sobriety that is enriched, restored, and healthy.
If you or someone you know is interested in group therapy, call 800-891-9360(Who Answers?) for more information.