Evidence-Based Addiction Therapies & Approaches

Nashville Group Therapy

Group psychotherapy has been around since the 1940s. It was discovered that the unique nature of group dynamics amplified the effects of therapy and opened doors to different kinds of therapeutic benefits that are not available in individual therapy. Not intended to replace one-on-one counseling but to be a psychotherapeutic modality in its own right, group therapy has been proven efficacious in treating most mental health disorders and substance use disorders (SUDs). Addiction therapy programs in Nashville and elsewhere use group therapy in their drug and alcohol treatments.

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How Group Therapy Programs Work

Group therapy is not the same as addiction support groups such as a 12-step program. Both involve the engagement of a group and peer support, but other than that, they are distinct from one another. One main difference is that group therapy always has a psychotherapist or mental health counselor guiding the sessions.

Because it is done in a group setting, group therapy enhances a feeling of connectedness among the members, so people do not feel alone. Empathy, accountability, and support are all part of the work done in this kind of therapy.

Many aspects are unique to group therapy or enhanced by a group model. A few are listed below:

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Group Counseling Options

Therapists who lead therapy groups have a range of stylistic options they can choose from. Which one is used may have to do with who is in each group, the therapist’s philosophy or training, or other factors.

Three common group therapy program options are listed here:

Behavioral therapy groups

Based on the principles of behavioral therapy, for example, dialectical behavior therapy, this kind of group therapy for addiction will focus on identifying triggers, using mindfulness practices to manage stress and cravings, and developing strategies for healthy recovery.

Psychoeducational groups

Founded on the idea that knowledge is power, in this kind of group setting, members learn about addiction, how it works, what it looks like, and move on to focus on individual and shared experiences, and, finally, coping strategies rooted in the empowerment of self-awareness.

Skills-based groups

In some ways, similar to psychoeducational therapy, this model focuses on specific skill-development, using emotional, behavioral, and cognitive strengths to make positive life decisions and avoid or manage risky situations, people, and actions. Sharing this process in a group increases everyone’s access to ideas and strategies.

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At NTS, you will have access to addiction support groups and an evidence-based group therapy program. Both will greatly enhance your rehab experience and improve your long-term outcomes.

Let NTS walk you through your options for addiction treatment in Nashville. We offer men’s and women’s rehab, a wide range of proven therapies, experiential and mindfulness options, and more. Call 615-234-9071 today or fill out our online form to start the conversation. Your recovery is important to us.


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