Group therapy is where the rubber meets the road in treatment. The dynamics of the group experience bring out issues and feelings from clients and allow them to get feedback and support from others. This is the beginning of the process of opening up, connecting with others and learning to communicate. At Cornerstone of Southern California, group therapy is designed to help clients meet their treatment goals and get on the way to long-term sobriety.
Communication group therapy activities and topics cross a wide spectrum, and the following are some topics you may find in group sessions.
Group Therapy Activities for Adults With Substance Use Disorder
Relationships: Discuss why it is not a good idea to get back together with an ex.
Codependency: Many addicts have been involved in codependent relationships, and learning how to have healthy relationships is key in recovery.
Accountability: In addiction we tend to be unreliable and don’t show up for people. Group discusses why accountability is important to rebuild relationships.
Trauma: Incidents of trauma affect the majority of addicted people, and discussing this in group and learning coping skills is vital to recovery.
Honesty: A keyword in any recovery discussion, being honest at the group level is the beginning of the journey.
Medication: Many people in recovery take antidepressants and other medications as prescribed. Group discusses healthy use of medication and what medications to avoid.
Impulse control: Most addicts suffer from lack of impulse control. Group discusses impulsivity and how to hit the pause button.
Boundaries: Dysfunctional people tend to have blurred or no boundaries. Group discusses how to create healthy boundaries and use them in relationships.
Forgiveness: Espoused by most religions, learning to practice forgiveness is a major part of living a more spiritual and sober life.
Values: In addiction, our behavior does not match our values. Group discusses how to behave in accordance with values.
12-step groups: Many have recovered in groups such as AA, but others don’t always succeed there. Group discusses how to best use self-help groups.
Family disease: Group discusses the ways in which addiction affects all family members and how getting sober requires a rebalancing of the family.
Triggers: Those in early recovery are especially sensitive to triggers for relapse. Group discusses triggers and how to cope with them.
Gratitude: They say a grateful person is a lot less likely to relapse. Group explores ways of staying grateful on a daily basis.
Surrender: In recovery we say “surrender to win.” Group talks about how admitting defeat is the beginning of recovery.
Resentments: Harboring resentments can be a major impedance in recovery. Group talks about their resentments and how to deal with them in a healthy way.
Sex in recovery: Group talks about how to have healthy sexual relationships, and why it is sometimes better to avoid them in early recovery.
Loss: Most have experienced loss, in and out of addiction. Group talks about using coping skills to handle the emotions associated with loss.
Depression: A large percentage of addicts suffer from depression, and some may need medication to alleviate it. Group discusses depression and ways it can be treated.
Anxiety: Many people in recovery experience even more anxiety without their drug of choice. Group discusses their anxiety and how to best deal with it.
Anger: Whether expressed or suppressed, anger is an issue for many. Group talks about how to express anger in healthy ways.
Group Therapy Activities for Personal Growth
Self-care: Discuss why it is important to take the time to care for yourself — mind, body and spirit.
Exercise: Getting fit and staying fit helps many to maintain sobriety. Group discusses ways to get involved in exercise and how to stay motivated.
Stress management: Stress affects everyone and dealing with stress is a key part of any recovery plan.
Goal setting: “If you don’t know where you’re going, you probably won’t get there.” Group discusses the importance of setting attainable goals.
Role models: Choosing good role models provides positive reinforcement and improves self-esteem. Group discusses the importance of role models.
Conflict resolution: All relationships have conflict, and learning to resolve conflict in a healthy way is essential to recovery.
Self-esteem: Most addicts have self-esteem issues, and they don’t just disappear in recovery. Group discusses how to build healthy self-esteem.
Financial management: Many addicts lose control of their finances, and some never learned how to manage money. Group discusses how to learn and practice money management.
Group Therapy at Cornerstone
If you have questions or concerns about what your group therapy experience will be like at Cornerstone of Southern California, talk to us. We are standing by 24/7 to answer questions, take your calls and listen.