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Group and Individual Therapy in Addiction Treatment

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07.16.2021

Addiction is, at its core, a complex disorder of the brain that is often accompanied by co-occurring mental health disorders. There are nearly unlimited combinations of genes and environmental factors that contribute to the development of addiction which is why therapy in addiction treatment is so important. Wellbridge highlights that importance in our treatment program by leveraging both group and individual therapy in addiction treatment.

Group and Individual Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Our expert team takes an evidence-based approach to substance use disorder (SUD) care, bridging the longtime gap between science and practice in addiction treatment. Evidence shows us that both group and individual therapies provide unique benefits to the addiction recovery process, benefits that are too valuable to dismiss with just one type of psychotherapy in treatment.

Evidence also shows us that by integrating both group and individual therapy in addiction treatment programs, we are setting our patients up for better long-term success in their recovery journey.

The Benefits of Group and Individual Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Both group and individual therapies have the same end goal in mind but different approaches and objectives along the way. They both provide important benefits to the addiction recovery process.

Clinical Benefits of Individual Therapy

Individual therapy creates a safe environment with a person-centered approach. Itcan benefit addiction treatment in multiple ways. Through individual therapy, a therapist and individual will work to understand the underlying triggers and identify high-risk situations in recovery, the leverage those learnings to plan for life post-treatment accordingly.

Additionally, many people who are struggling with addiction also struggle with feelings surrounding unworthiness. The very act of individual therapy confronts this struggle through personally dedicated time and care.

Clinical Benefits of Group Therapy

Group therapy provides identification, support and validation from peers. CBT and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) groups surrounding mindfulness, refusal skills, healthy communication, coping with urges, problem solving, emotional regulation and anger management are integrated into treatment to help individuals develop skills to support their recovery post-treatment.

Group therapy provides a unique opportunity for genuine connection with others during treatment, which is important due to the stigma surrounding addiction. Group therapy also allows for relationship building and identification with others by opening the doors to a social setting without the use of drugs or alcohol with discussion, support and perspective.

Integrating Different Therapies in Addiction Treatment

As mentioned above, evidence shows us that integrating both group and individual therapy in addiction treatment can have profound benefits on sobriety success, like developing healthy coping skills and learning skills that can be leveraged during life post-treatment. Wellbridge also offers various creative arts therapies in our program, as well, such as dance movement therapy, art therapy and music therapy – all of which take an evidence-based approach to treating addiction, as well as other cooccurring mental disorders.

 

If you believe you have a patient that would benefit from our informed approach to treatment, learn more about referring a patient to Wellbridge. Our team believes in working with our referring partners to ensure a smooth transition of care to benefit our patients.