A “Self-help” group therapy session is a special subset of general group therapy. Self-help groups encourage self-sufficiency and self-sustainability. Self-help groups focus on teaching recovering individuals how to be independent and capable of building their own recovery, on their own. Quoted below is a perfect outline in one paragraph of the key differences between self-help group therapy and regular group therapy:
Self-help groups are subsets of mutual support and peer support groups, and have a specific purpose for mutual aid in satisfying a common need, overcoming a shared handicap or life-disrupting problem. Self-help groups are less bureaucratic and work on a more grassroots level. Self-help Organizations are national affiliates of local self-help groups or mental health consumer groups that finance research, maintain public relations or lobby for legislation in favor of those affected. Self-help groups include Family-to-Family education and support groups – the effectiveness of which has been confirmed in a recent controlled study.”
When people struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, this becomes a capturing issue that all but takes a person over completely. This becomes a crisis that is the beginning, middle, and end of a person’s day. It is on their minds constantly. It is a problem that never seems to go away, no matter how badly an afflicted individual wants it to. People who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction will have to receive help through addiction treatment, the most effective of which is inpatient drug and alcohol rehab.
Self-Help Group Therapy Delivered at Outpatient Facilities
After one completes residential treatment at a rehabilitation facility, it is of the utmost importance to continue recovery at an outpatient center. The stability and strength that aftercare group sessions delivers to recovering addicts are very worthwhile. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, engaging in aftercare post-treatment reduces one’s chances of relapse by fifty percent.
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Founded in 1935 and being the oldest addiction recovery group in America, AA offers a self-help support group through the 12 step approach.
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Founded in 1948 and paralleling Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous presents itself as being a perfect location for recovering drug addicts to receive assistance and a group setting to practice self-help for narcotic addiction.
- SMART Recovery. SMART Recovery offers services both outpatient and inpatient for clients, services which do a lot of good for presenting a secular, non-12 step alternative to self-help and group therapy.
- Al-Anon and Nar-Anon Family Groups. This is a self-help group therapy setting designed to help the family members and loved ones who have suffered by having someone close to them who has been addicted.
AA, NA, SMART Recovery, Al-Anon, and Nar-Anon were listed as self-help groups. These groups strive to help their participants build strength in themselves and an ability to move past the trials and tribulations of drug and alcohol addiction. Self-help groups get participants moving ever onward towards a position of self-reliance and independence. Self-help groups build self-control, self-esteem, personal image, self-reliance, and personal perseverance. The goal of self-help group therapy is to give participants the tools to go out and live a normal and responsible adult life without the addition of substance abuse.
A Forever Recovery utilizes self-help group therapy within the recovery program and as a part of the aftercare approach both. In this way, clients are able to utilize the full benefits of these very positive approaches while working on other treatment methods in tandem. A Forever Recovery seeks to give clients the most well-rounded and varied treatment approach possible, and delivering self-help group therapy sessions to clients is one of many ways the treatment center accomplishes this. For more information, contact A Forever Recovery today.