Group therapy leverages successful psychological techniques to help patients recognize their situation and learn appropriate methods for coping in place of abusing substances. Group sessions promote openness in sharing personal stories and even suggestions from fellow group members, although a professional mental health specialist is always in charge of each session. Group therapy in drug rehab has been clinically proven to be equally as effective as one-on- one counseling, with the added bonus of being less expensive.
Group therapy provides several patient benefits. First of all, it creates a support community to combat the sense of isolation commonly experienced by drug users. It also allows those in recovery to benefit from the experiences of those farther down the road and can be instrumental in finding inspiration and hope for ultimate healing. Hope is a powerful weapon against the hovering threat of relapse