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Addiction Group Therapy

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At Gratitude Lodge, we understand that overcoming addiction requires comprehensive and personalized treatment approaches. Addiction group therapy is one of the key components of all programs at our treatment facilities in Long Beach and Newport Beach, CA.

What is Group Therapy?

Group therapy is an intervention in which a trained therapist leads a group of people through a series of therapy sessions. Substance abuse groups offer a unique and supportive environment where participants can address their substance abuse or mental health challenges while benefiting from the insights and experiences of group members. Group therapy can be delivered in different settings and formats according to the needs and goals of participants. 

These are the most common types of substance abuse group therapy:

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Group Therapy for Alcohol Abuse

Almost 30 million U.S. adults were diagnosed with alcohol use disorder (alcoholism) in 2021, according to NSDUH 2021 (National Survey on Drug Use and Health). Alcohol addiction group therapy provides a safe and supportive environment for those grappling with alcoholism to share their experiences and learn from others who have faced similar challenges. Through sharing experiences, individuals with alcohol use disorder can develop coping strategies, sharpen their relapse prevention skills, and find encouragement and solace in a community of peers who understand their recovery journey.

Group Therapy for Drug Addiction

Drug addiction can be an isolating and overwhelming experience. Group therapy is a vital platform for those with drug addictions to share their struggles, victories, and setbacks as they move from active addiction into ongoing recovery. By taking part in group activities and discussions, individuals with drug addictions can get support from others and learn from their unique perspectives, developing essential skills for maintaining long-term sobriety.

Benefits of Group Therapy for Addiction

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Group Therapy Effectiveness Statistics

  • Group therapy sessions can be just as effective as individual therapy sessions for those who are committed to discontinuing substance use and engaging with treatment, according to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
  • Significant clinical evidence suggests that group therapy is cost-effective and delivers outcomes comparable to individual therapy. Group therapy can improve treatment acceptance and retention, reduce frequency of substance use, increase abstinence rates, and mitigate psychological distress.
  • Addiction and mental health disorders often co-occur. Studies show that group therapy can be as effective as individual therapy for treating PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
  • An analysis of studies shows that group therapy was more effective for promoting abstinence from substance abuse than other treatments or no treatment.


Get Addiction Group Therapy at Gratitude Lodge

Group therapy is a key component of treatment for addictions and mental health disorders at

Gratitude Lodge in Southern California. At our pet-friendly rehab centers in Newport Beach and Long Beach, CA, you can benefit from the support of peers with lived experience of substance use disorder. 

We offer a supervised medical detox program for the safest, smoothest route to drug or alcohol withdrawal and sustained recovery. After a week or so of detoxification, it is possible to transition directly into our 30-day inpatient program. This provides the most structured and supportive backdrop for early recovery from drug or alcohol addiction.

All Gratitude Lodge treatment programs draw from these interventions: 

  • Group therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Family therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Holistic therapies
  • MAT (medication-assisted treatment)
  • Aftercare planning and support 

Call 888-861-1658 today for immediate assistance and access to group therapy for addiction.

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Addiction Group Therapy FAQs

CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and MI motivational interviewing) are frequently used for addiction.

A therapeutic group in substance abuse treatment is a structured setting where individuals with similar substance abuse issues meet to receive support, share experiences, and learn coping techniques under the guidance of a credentialed therapist.

Group therapy is important in recovery because it offers peer support, provides a sense of belonging, promotes empathy, encourages effective communication, reduces isolation, and allows those with addictions to learn from peers who have faced similar challenges.

Advantages of group therapy for addiction include receiving peer support, learning new coping skills, gaining different perspectives, and developing a sense of community. Disadvantages may include issues with group dynamics, difficulty in addressing specific personal issues, and lack of individualized attention.

While group therapy focuses on addressing behavioral, emotional, or psychological issues under the guidance of a trained therapist, therapeutic groups are typically broader in scope, encompassing a variety of topics and goals. In effect, group therapy is a more specialized form of therapeutic group with a specific therapeutic purpose.

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