In addiction recovery, there are many different treatment approaches for clients to choose from, based on their recovery needs, though individual and group therapy are essential components of many of these approaches. Activity group therapy sessions give clients an opportunity to acknowledge their addiction problem and recognize that having other people in their lives is both healthy and fulfilling. For more information about group therapy, or to enroll in a substance abuse rehab program, call A Forever Recovery today at our toll-free number to discuss your treatment options with a professional addiction recovery counselor.
Activity Group Therapy Programs at A Forever Recovery
From group lessons to role play, realistic scenarios and more, our clients are given every opportunity to explore a wide variety of support groups that will help them to maintain their sobriety and recovery. Using our program, you will learn to recognize what base criteria and personal criteria they should look for as they search for social groups, accountability partners or sponsors, and home groups. We highly encourage our clients to figure out their niche. If you can’t find a group that feels like a group fit, we highly encourage you to start your own! Here are several support groups or activity group therapy programs that many of our clients have found helpful.
Using realistic scenarios, role play, and group lessons, clients explore many types of support groups that help maintain recovery and sobriety. Clients learn to recognize what criteria they should look for in a “home group,” sponsors or accountability partners, and other social groups. Clients are encouraged to find their niche and, if they cannot find an activity group therapy that fits them, they can start a recovery group of their own.
Anger Management Group Therapy – A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to Anger Management
Using six modules, Anger Management teaches clients to manage their feelings and behaviors that accompany anger. Lecture, group exercises, and meditation/relaxation techniques provide ways to identify what events cause anger, how to recognize physical cues, how to manage behaviors when clients get angry and how to deal with underlying issues that keep clients from dealing with anger productively. An Anger Management certificate is rewarded upon completion of the six modules.
The self-awareness group focuses on self-reflection and utilizes individual therapeutic exercises designed to help the client break free from addiction. Some favorite subjects addressed in the group include forgiveness, learning about personality types, defense mechanisms, and writing addiction letters, expressive therapy.
The goal of Music Therapy is to see inspirational messages within songs and develop techniques to interpret music positively. Clients listen to all genres of music and follow along with the lyrics, and use self-interpretation to determine how they relate to the message. Clients also try to draw connections with the lyrics and their own lives.
Nutrition Group Therapy
Clients will increase knowledge on how food affects them as they continue in recovery. Clients will improve their understanding of how drugs and alcohol affect the body to decrease post-acute withdrawal symptoms. Clients will develop a healthy meal plan, learning to read food labels to increase knowledge of healthy food choice.
Staying Quit – A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to Relapse Prevention
Gregory L. Little, Ed. D. Advanced Training Associates, presents a relapse prevention program consisting of eight modules designed to identify risks and dangers, how to deal with urges and cravings, identifying support systems, and future long-term goals.
Our medical staff personnel teaches this group. The client is educated on primary care providers, medication, including anti-craving medications, dietary considerations, and aftercare.
Stress management encompasses techniques intended to equip a person with effective coping mechanisms for dealing with psychological stress. Stress management comprises a wide range of approaches to help the client better deal with stress and adversity. Stress management might include problem-solving, prioritization and time management. Another approach comprises enhancing skills to withstand adverse situations by improving emotional flexibility, finding greater meaning in life, increasing the sense of control and cultivating optimism. Clients will learn techniques to help identify stressors in life and how to react to stress.
The Art Therapy group helps clients make sense of the link between all emotions and anger, as well as, providing the opportunity to release emotions and process feelings through the medium of art. Using art projects, group discussion, and lecture, clients learn that good art comes from the heart, mind, and soul and that everyone can create good art – even non-professionals. Ultimately, through Art Therapy Group, clients learn that success in each journey is based on taking advantage of opportunities.
A cooking group helps clients build confidence, learn new skills, cultivate healthy nutrition and gain a heightened level of independence. One of the primary goals of addiction therapy is to begin reversing the damage left behind by drugs or alcohol. Clients will learn basic cooking skills, improve patience, increase confidence, and develop safety and creativity.
Circuit training is a high volume (repetitions), low resistance (weight) workout with short rest intervals and is geared primarily at improving muscle tone and definition while improving cardiovascular fitness. This workout involves exercising all major muscle groups in one continuous cycle. Circuit training stations are generally sequenced in a way to alternate between muscle groups with a rest interval between stations.
Yoga is a mind and body practice. It helps to get out of your mind and be connected with your body. There are multiple reasons for each time to be on your mat. First helps to relax, focus, releases stress, stabilize your hormone, inner peace, harmony. In yoga, we learn different breathing Techniques and mindfulness meditation as a deep relaxation after the asana practice. Yoga is a wonderful tool to use to be healed and have a basic idea of spiritual practice.
Therapeutic exercise within a group designed to help improve poor coping skills and poor insight. Clients work on resume building, interviewing skills, communications skills and improve on self-esteem.
Untangling Relationships is a group focused on identifying unhealthy behaviors in their relationships. This group directly confronts the critical issues of codependency including, manipulation, loss of identity, dependent relationships, and lack of trust. Discussion topics and exercises include codependence and honesty, lack of confidence, awareness, relationship decisions, and exploration of sense of identity apart from the dependent relationship. Clients develop knowledge of self, as well as an understanding of how to escape created dysfunction.
Women’s Support Group
Clients can address specific issues and concerns that women can face in early recovery. Clients can develop personal relationships with other women that can further their recovery and growth.
What is Group Therapy?
Typically used in combination with one-on-one counseling, group therapy involves an addiction recovery counselor overseeing a group of clients with similar issues, such as struggles with alcoholism or drug addiction. Within the confines of a safe, confidential therapeutic environment, activity group therapy participants can discuss challenges that are common to the group and the recovery community as a whole. They get a unique opportunity to make meaningful connections with others in similar situations and to learn how to function in a group, which acts as a built-in support network. The feeling of mutual responsibility and accountability the client’s gain from group therapy is also invaluable to recovery, as it makes it harder for recovering addicts to let their peers down by returning to substance abuse.
Benefits of Activity Group Therapy
Addiction is a lonely disease, and people actively engaging in substance abuse often feel disconnected or cut off from others, especially from loved ones who don’t know about their alcohol or drug abuse, or who object to it. The same goes for individuals undergoing treatment for drug addiction, who may be feeling lost or alone, or even afraid, and since they likely relied on alcohol or drugs to deal with such unpleasant feelings in the past, trying to stay sober at a rehab facility can be a confusing and solitary experience. That’s where activity group therapy comes in. The goal of group therapy is for each client to gain a deeper understanding of his or her substance use disorder while giving support to and receiving support from other members of the group.
Too often, people trapped in a destructive cycle of active addiction have no one to talk to about their problems, nor do they have a healthy outlet where they can vent their frustrations or figure out how to heal. One of the benefits of a group therapy setting is that recovering addicts and alcoholics can voice their troubles and concerns and speak freely about their substance abuse without fear of judgment while listening to others and helping them work through their issues. In doing so, they can shed that feeling of isolation that comes with addiction, as the people around them are struggling with problems that are only too familiar. This type of give-and-take interaction helps improve confidence and communication among members of the group, which can, in turn, aid in relapse prevention.
Contact A Forever Recovery Today
Although some recovering addicts may at first feel uncomfortable about sharing their experiences with substance abuse with a group of strangers in activity group therapy, one of the things activity group therapy participants at A Forever Recovery quickly learn is that they aren’t alone. If you or someone you love is facing a substance use disorder, don’t hesitate to call for help. The addiction recovery counselors at A Forever Recovery are trained to deal with all types of substance abuse and do so with compassion and kindness. Call A Forever Recovery today at our toll-free number to learn how you can begin the process of lifelong recovery.