Fostering A Lifetime of Support
in Group Therapy
One of the most difficult parts of living with addiction is coping with how lonely and isolating it can feel. Many clients tell us that before they met our counselors and peers in recovery, they struggled to find anyone who understood what they were going through, let alone a supportive network like the one they’re able to build at Extra Mile Recovery.
By sharing the experience of addiction with others, people in recovery are able to foster connections and become better equipped to combat their substance use disorder. At Extra Mile Recovery, we understand the power of group therapy. As a rehab center with a small census, we focus more on enabling clients to build lifelong relationships that they can keep leaning on for their entire lives. This is something that can grow through effective group therapy.
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During our Residential Inpatient Program, group therapy plays a few different roles. One of the most effective ways for a client to understand themselves and their addiction is to see themselves in relation to others, especially those of the same gender and similar experiences. When clients are speaking their truths and sharing their experiences, it puts into perspective what each person is going through and allows other clients to lend empathy, helpful insight, and advice on how to make meaningful change to their situation.
Another function of group therapy is to help clients practice life skills that will be relevant throughout recovery – collaborative group work, celebrating each other’s successes, and providing support to others who are struggling. These acts encourage clients to use the recovery tool set that they’ve developed in our rehab programs.
Group therapy is also one of the best ways for clients to break out of isolation during a vulnerable time. We keep our client census small and gender-exclusive so that we can focus on their needs and let everyone’s voice be heard in a setting where all involved have a great deal in common. Instead of being alone, our clients are making friends, forming strong and positive bonds, and growing a support network that can last a lifetime.
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Key Group Therapy Sessions
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We believe in helping our clients start their mornings right — and here, that means giving clients some information that can help them throughout their day. During breakfast science, we focus on the chemical and scientific reasons why clients feel, and their bodies react, how they do in response to addiction.
One of the most important parts of addiction rehab is helping the client to internalize the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of their substance use disorder. When clients better understand the chemical imbalances in their brain and body, and how certain solutions combat addiction scientifically, they can be more informed and confident as they move forward with recovery.
Meditation & Goal-Setting
Alongside breakfast science, we start out every morning by practicing mindfulness and helping clients put their recovery into perspective. We discuss and set goals for recovery, both short and long-term, and explore how to make these goals a reality by overcoming the barriers standing in a client’s way.
In addition to goal-setting, we use meditation techniques so that our clients can reset and begin each day with a calmed, peaceful, and positive perspective. This can also be a place to manage past trauma and other mental health issues that benefit from reflection and mindfulness.
Empathy, communication, selflessness, self-knowledge — these are things a client needs to succeed in recovery, and things they can develop in our processing groups. While some group therapy involves a back-and-forth with a counselor, processing groups are more focused on allowing our small, gender-specific groups to discuss rehab with each other.
Clients are encouraged to open up about how they’re struggling in rehab, listen to each other, and provide insight and advice to one another. Besides helping clients to connect and build their support networks, this is also a way for our clients to talk about what they’re learning in rehab in a way that applies those lessons to daily life.
While many therapies are focused on processing the past, solution-focused sessions are instead about preparing for the future. There is some brief talk of the past, to discuss what has worked or how problems have been avoided, but solution-focused therapy is mostly about planning for the future and building new solutions.
We get to the roots of addiction, triggers, trauma, and stress in several other therapies, but in these sessions, we instead explore ways to practically manage and overcome these challenges in day-to-day life. We ask investigative questions, reinforce what’s already working, and find new ways to make getting through difficult times and moving forward with recovery more manageable.
While the 12 Steps were first developed by Alcoholics Anonymous, we’ve seen the good that one of the world’s most popular and effective recovery programs can do for people with all types of addiction.
In our four weekly 12-step meetings — 3 offsite and 1 onsite — clients work the 12 Steps and share their experiences battling addiction. While clients work with a recovery specialist to personalize their 12-step programming around their beliefs and addiction, group meetings allow clients to help each other set achievable goals and stay on track.
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An Ongoing Recovery Community
Recovery doesn’t end with rehab, and neither should the bonds that clients build during their time with us. We encourage all our clients to join our alumni brotherhood and sisterhood communities, where they can find meaningful communication, connection, and support as they begin their life of sobriety. We’re proud of how alumni advise one another and stay in each other’s lives, and we’re glad that they can share in their trials and achievements.
Group therapy is a way for clients to learn, develop practical coping skills, practice empathy, and find forgiving friends — all in the same place. To learn more about our group therapy and other recovery services, please call Extra Mile Recovery at (662) 351-3255 today.