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Treating Addiction: Is Group Therapy More Effective Than Individual Therapy?

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Addiction often requires assistance to overcome because of the challenges a person will face, but it is important to find the right help. Today, there are many different options, from inpatient to outpatient treatment and individual or group therapy. Therapy is highly recommended for anyone going through addiction treatment, but the right one to choose may be different for each individual.

When to go to therapy

Those who are seeking help for an addiction will find they benefit from therapy. When they’re in long-lasting recovery programs, they may have access to different types of therapy to help them learn more about themselves, their addiction, and what they can do to move past the addiction and onto sobriety. For those who are entering the treatment programme, it may be a good idea to learn more about what group and individual therapy can offer so they know what to expect and what might be more beneficial in their situation.

How group therapy works

Group therapy involves getting together with a group of people on a regular basis to talk about addiction, the challenges they face during recovery, and more. They might discuss triggers and how they’ve overcome them, what challenges they are going through at the moment, their successes, and more. The primary benefit of group therapy is being able to hear what others are experiencing, so the person doesn’t feel like they’re alone going through the recovery process. They can hear about struggles and learn how to avoid them, as well as hear what has worked well for others to avoid relapsing.

How individual therapy works

Many people who suffer from addiction also have mental health issues that need to be treated. Anxiety, stress, and depression are all common reasons why someone may turn to substances, which can turn into an addiction. Individual therapy can be beneficial in these cases, as it can combine assistance for mental health issues with the addiction. The person can get guidance, support, and advice that’s tailored to their specific situation, so they have a higher chance of being successful in their recovery.

Which one is the better option?

When someone seeks help for an addiction, a common concern is whether to take advantage of group therapy or individual therapy. While everyone is different, many studies have found that both types of therapy can be incredibly beneficial. For some, hearing the stories of others can help them with their own journey, making group therapy more effective. For others, getting help with co-existing mental health issues may be vital, making individual therapy better. In many cases, though, it is best to try both types of therapy, as they can be used together to help a person through their addiction recovery.

It can be difficult to determine which type of therapy is best. While group therapy may be more effective for some people, others may do better with individual therapy. It is important to consider the benefits of both types of therapy to see which one is going to be a better option. It may be possible to try both types during addiction treatment, which can allow the person to determine what works best for them. Take a look at the treatment options available to you to decide which one you’d like to try as you work on recovering from an addiction.




Dennis Relojo-Howell is the managing director of Psychreg.

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