Live Oaks Wellness

Group Therapy

If you are struggling with alcohol or substance use issues, you are not alone. According to SAMHSA, in 2022, 48.7 million people aged 12 and older had a substance use disorder, with 29.5 million having an alcohol use disorder (AUD), 27.2 million having a drug use disorder (DUD), and 8 million having a co-occurring AUD and DUD. At Live Oaks Wellness, we understand the challenges people face when wanting to break free from substance use. Our group therapy for addiction treatment is just one vital component to help on your recovery journey. 

What Is Group Therapy for Addiction Treatment?

Group therapy for addiction treatment is an evidence-based therapeutic methodology to help bring peers together who are facing similar issues and work on them together under the guidance of a licensed and experienced therapist. Group therapy provides the opportunity to learn from others in a safe, secure, and non-judgmental environment with peer support.  

Depending on the type of group therapy, group therapy sessions target specific issues, goals, and objectives. For example, the group could discuss specific issues and concerns related to triggers and coping strategies. In addition, group therapy reminds you that you are not alone and others are struggling with addiction just as much as you are.   

Types of Group Therapy Offered at Live Oaks Wellness

There are several different types of group therapy for addiction treatment offered at Live Oaks Wellness as part of their comprehensive and personalized care plan. 

Skill Development Groups

This type of group therapy involves developing coping skills to address triggers and stressors that could cause relapse. The group sessions could also include developing social skills and role-play to practice new techniques. 

Process Groups

Process groups allow individuals to share various issues, problem-solve, and discuss them to uncover potential solutions from other participants. This type of group therapy also allows individuals to develop relationships with other peers they relate to and develop new friendships.  

Psychoeducational Groups

Psychoeducational groups are more like classroom learning where the therapist will cover a specific topic, such as how to cope with uncomfortable situations, the disease of addiction, or establishing healthy boundaries.  

CBT Groups

CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy) groups utilize CBT techniques in a group setting. These groups help participants to work together on unhealthy behaviors, emotions, and thought patterns and learn how to replace those with positive ones. 

DBT Groups

DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) groups use the same techniques as individual DBT sessions but in a group setting. Participants learn how to build skills for emotional regulation, mindfulness, and stress tolerance. 

Support Groups

Support groups are another type of group therapy that focuses on maintaining sobriety when facing daily stressors and challenges. They provide an opportunity to share and learn from peers and provide accountability. 

Benefits of Group Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Alcohol and substance use addictions often make people feel isolated and alone. Group therapy for addiction treatment provides the opportunity for individuals to connect with others facing similar experiences and challenges. People are also more open to sharing their feelings, experiences, and thoughts with others who better understand them. Other benefits of group therapy include:

  • Access to a peer support network: Group therapy provides access to peers who are also in recovery. They understand where you are and the challenges you face. As you progress in your recovery, you may notice you are becoming more confident and willing to share openly. 
  • Receiving and giving support: Initially, you may not be willing to share. This is perfectly normal. However, you will still receive support from your peers. As your confidence grows, you will transition to opening up and eventually giving support to others. 
  • Learning how to find your voice: It can be difficult to talk about your addiction, the things you did, your behaviors, and your emotions. The more you attend group sessions, the more you will become more comfortable opening up and learning to speak and share with the group. 
  • Developing healthier ways to relate to others and yourself: Group therapy allows you to examine and interact with others in a healthy setting. How you relate to your peers helps you better understand how to relate to yourself. This aspect also carries over outside of therapy and can help improve other relationships with your family and friends.

Group Therapy vs. Support Groups

The primary difference between group therapy and support groups is all other types of group therapy are led by a licensed and experienced therapist. On the other hand, support groups are peer-led and provide a healthy outlet to explore one’s emotions with peers facing similar challenges. 

Group Therapy vs. Individual Therapy

Both types of evidence-based therapies are essential components of a comprehensive addiction treatment plan. However, there are some key differences between the two as follows:

  • Individual therapy progresses at a pace that you are most comfortable with, while group therapy moves at the group’s pace, which may be faster than yours. 
  • Individual therapy allows you to discuss topics you are uncomfortable discussing in group therapy. 
  • Individual therapy provides a higher level of privacy and confidentiality.
  • Extroverts often prefer group therapy, while introverts prefer individual therapy. However, introverts can benefit from group therapy just as much as extroverts, even when they are not ready to share.

Other Services Offered at Live Oaks Wellness

Besides group therapy for addiction treatment, Live Oaks Wellness offers other services that can be incorporated into one’s individualized addiction treatment plan, including:

  • Individual therapy: One-on-one therapy sessions with our caring and supportive therapists to help you explore your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and behaviors related to your addiction and develop effective strategies for healing and recovery. 
  • Residential treatment: Comprehensive support and care in our residential treatment program provide 24/7 supervision and monitoring, allowing you to focus on your recovery without outside distractions. 
  • Family therapy: Our therapists help individuals and their families repair the damage caused by addiction and learn how to support their loved one’s recovery goals while setting healthy boundaries. 
  • Holistic therapy: We provide access to a variety of holistic therapies to complement evidence-based methodologies, such as mindfulness practice, yoga, art therapy, and nutritional counseling. 
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT): When appropriate, our clients have access to FDA-approved medications to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and co-occurring mental health disorder symptoms. 
  • Trauma-informed care: Our trauma-informed care helps people recognize the impact trauma has on their emotional well-being and how it relates to their addiction while helping them learn how to process the trauma in a safe and supportive environment. 
  • Aftercare planning: As our clients near the end of their treatment plan, we want them to continue to be successful in recovery. We work collaboratively with them to develop an effective aftercare plan that could include ongoing individual and group therapy, relapse prevention planning, and continued coping skills development. 

Discover the Benefits of Group Therapy for Addiction Treatment Today

Live Oaks Wellness in San Francisco provides group therapy for addiction treatment as part of our comprehensive and personalized treatment plans. Our caring and supportive therapists help guide and lead our clients on their journey of self-discovery to achieve long-term sobriety and freedom from alcohol and drugs. Contact us today to start your recovery journey to a better future. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Group therapy sessions are typically held multiple times a week, with schedules tailored to accommodate participants’ availability.

Our group therapy sessions address a wide range of addictions, including but not limited to alcohol, drugs, and behavioral addictions.

Yes, group therapy can complement individual counseling, providing additional support and perspective on your recovery journey.

Absolutely. Our therapists create a welcoming and non-judgmental environment, allowing introverted individuals to participate at their comfort level.

Contact us today to schedule an assessment and discuss the best group therapy option for your needs.