Addiction Treatment: The Benefits Of Group Therapy

Group treatment provides many benefits to those who may be in addiction treatment. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) stated in 2008 that “people who abuse substances often are more likely to remain abstinent and committed to recovery when treatment is provided in groups.” SAMHSA indicates that those in addiction treatment benefit from identification, affiliation, confrontation, support, and gratification which can be provided in the context of group treatment. And it has been found that group counseling is effective at addressing “depression, anxiety, isolation, denial, shame, temporary cognitive impairment, and character pathology.” These factors and the benefits provided by group treatment appear to provide an excellent opportunity to provide effective and efficient treatment to those in addictions treatment.

Intensive Group Psychotherapy at PACE Recovery Center


Group therapy session at PACE

PACE Recovery Center recognizes that Group therapy has been a core aspect of drug and alcohol addiction recovery for several decades, and it has proven to be very effective. Clients that participate in group therapy have a higher rate of accountability regarding their own behaviors. Members of these groups are able to challenge irrational belief systems by sharing similar struggles and solutions. PACE Recovery Center recognizes the importance of our Clients learning to develop relationships that are meaningful to help promote long term-sobriety. Working in group therapy is a great way to experiment with new behaviors. Clients can try new ways of thinking and relating in a safe environment before going out into the real world. Suffering from addiction and behavioral health issues can create a sense of loneliness. Participating in group therapy allows individuals to develop healthy relationships and challenge old self-defeating thoughts and behaviors.

SAMHSA outlines efficacy of professionally lead groups

Professionally lead groups offer those in addiction treatment:

  • Peer support and pressure to abstain from substances of abuse
  • Groups reduce the sense of isolation which is often associated with addiction treatment
  • These groups enable those in treatment to witness the recovery of others

At PACE Recovery Center we understand clients who are able to observe others as they cope with stressful situations are then better able to integrate these observations into their own lives. These groups provide hope, support, and encouragement to the individual in substance abuse treatment.

Additional information available…

If you would like to read more about this topic, we invite you to read Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy, available from The National Center for Biotechnology Information. 

Meet Sean Kelly: PACE Recovery Center Case Manager

At PACE Recovery Center, we believe in empowering our clients to fulfill their own particular dreams. We believe that a Positive Attitudes Change Everything. Our trained staff assists our clients in identifying their own specific goals, and helping them achieve them.

Today we would like to introduce our readers to Sean Kelly, a Case Manager here at PACE.

Sean Kelly, CDC, RRW

Sean began working in the treatment field as an interventionist in 1995. He is a Chemical Dependency Counselor with a specialization in Mental/Co-Occurring Disorders. Over the last 17 years, he has helped hundreds of individuals seek treatment from drugs and alcohol. Sean is a proven expert in coaching individuals who are resistant to change seek long-term recovery. It is his hands-on approach that is most valuable to the Clients at PACE Recovery Center. Sean’s gentle demeanor creates an environment for the Clients to connect with feelings and vulnerabilities that have prevented them from maintaining sobriety. Sean is also a Marine who proudly served our country. It is this background that helps him teach the Men of PACE Recovery Center how to accomplish goals, create discipline, and develop accountability.

Sean’s own personal struggle with addiction allows him to meet the Clients where they are at in their own recovery, and help guide them on their recovery journey. Sean is an active member in the recovery community. His philosophy is to treat people with love, dignity and respect. It’s this mentality that allows him to create an alliance, which allows for the therapeutic process to take place between him and his Client. This relationship empowers the Client to gain the skills necessary to recover from drugs and alcohol.

Sean studied at Centaur University to become a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor.

How Long Should Addiction Treatment Last?

Often we are asked how long a client should undergo treatment in order to address their addiction issues. There is no set answer to this question and at PACE Recovery Center we believe that each individual is unique; but, it has been found that at least 90 days of treatment is required in order to address an addiction issue. Individuals progress through drug addiction treatment at various speeds and research has shown that good addiction treatment outcomes are contingent on adequate lengths of treatment. It has been found that participation for less than 90 days has limited effectiveness and that treatment lasting longer than 90 days is often required to facilitate the recovery process.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): “Appropriate time in treatment depends on the type and degree of a person’s problems and needs. Research tells us that most addicted people need at least 3 months in treatment to really reduce or stop their drug use and that longer treatment times result in better outcomes” (NIDA, 2012).

It is for this reason that PACE Recovery Center has developed an individualized treatment program that targets the underlying behavioral health issues while providing addiction treatment that will translate into long-term sobriety for each client. Our approach is to incorporate a variety of different proven therapeutic modalities in an individualized treatment plan designed to address both the substance abuse issue and underlying behavioral issues that may leading to substance abuse.

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