Group counseling is a specific form of counseling that is used to treat psychological disorders including substance abuse and addiction.
It typically involves regular sessions where one or more therapists work with several individuals who are being treated for the same health issue.
Benefits of Group Counseling
Group counseling can help people in several ways:
Being able to interact with other individuals who are learning how to cope with and overcome a drug or alcohol addiction can be quite helpful for those who are beginning the process.
This type of setting also helps members realize that they are not alone and allows them to share information and experiences with one another, which can help boost confidence and self-esteem. Overall, sharing experiences and feelings has been shown to reduce stress, guilt and pain among group therapy members.
Group counseling becomes a setting in which members can learn how to avoid engaging in destructive behaviors such as actively seeking out drugs, and instead begin to practice new, healthy behaviors.