Group Addiction Therapy

Group sessions are led by a therapist twice a day. Patients work together, confront one another, empathise, support and, over time, witness very positive changes in the group members.

Patients work together, confront each other, empathise and support.

Group therapy enhances self-awareness, self-expression and insight through the shared experiences and openness of other group members. This is a vital part of treatment, with great benefits. 

How Group Therapy Works in Rehab

Group therapy is an integral part of Smarmore Castle's treatment programme; some topics that are addressed include:

  • Shame and guilt,
  • Problem people and/or scenarios that could lead to relapse,
  • Substance abuse: behaviour and consequences,
  • Decision making skills that are crucial to recovery,
  • Long-term abstinence and a commitment to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Gamblers Anonymous (GA),
  • Provides patients with an understanding of AA spirituality and philosophy.

How Group Therapy Works

One of our therapists will listen, confront and highlight issues and problems, reflecting these back to the patient - this is a gentle process and not intended to embarrass individuals; rather, show other points of view. Group therapy does not try to find causes for dependency, but rather takes a practical 'here and now' look at a patient’s addiction(s).

Patients present their life stories, complete small tasks and present homework e.g. examining some of the most serious consequences of their addiction and sharing during group therapy and identify how fear/shame can block recovery. This begins a journey for patients which, with additional insights from the group members, enables them to deepen their understanding of addiction. 

Specialised Group Therapy 

Some groups are directed towards a particular goal, for example, cognitive behavioural therapy, gambling therapy and relapse prevention therapy. The full range of specialised group therapies are shown on arrival and patients are encouraged to participate in as many as possible, as relevant to their personalised care plan.