Group therapy can be a powerful therapeutic tool for treating substance abuse -one that is as helpful as individual therapy, and oftentimes more effective. Groups inherently have many rewarding benefits—such as reducing isolation and enabling members to witness the recovery of others—and these qualities can lead clients into a culture of recovery. Groups work well for addiction therapy because they are suitable particularly for treating problems that commonly accompany substance abuse, such as isolation, denial, depression, and shame.
Groups organized around therapeutic goals can empower individuals with insight and guidance. During times of crisis, group therapy can provide positive peer reinforcement, act as a forum for self‐expression, and teach new social skills. Anytime someone becomes emotionally attached to a group, the relationship has the potential to influence and positively change that person. By hearing others’ stories, some of which will be very similar to your own, you can relate to others and gain the perspective you need to continue in recovery from addiction.