Substance Abuse Group Therapy In Miami

The origins of group therapy can be traced back to the early 1900’s as a therapeutic intervention treating chronic illnesses like Tuberculosis. It was found helpful for these patients in gaining emotional support and expressing their common feelings. Later, physician and psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion following WWII found while working with traumatized soldiers, the importance and benefits of groups and sharing similar experiences. Around the same time, Kurt Lewin PhD. Established the Research Center for Group Dynamics. Lewin’s work set the fundamental ideas of today’s behavioral group therapy, which are: groups come into being in a psychological sense ‘not because their members necessarily are similar to one another (although they may be); rather, a group exists when people in it realize their fate depends on the fate of the group as a whole. If the group’s task is such that members of the group are dependent on each other for achievement, then a powerful dynamic is created.

Finally, Irvin Yalom MD professor of psychiatry at Stanford University’s School of Medicine went on to write what is considered the “Bible” of Group Therapy, The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy. Yalom identified eleven specific factors that lead to significant changes and shifts in group members. These healing change factors are: Instillation of hope, Universality, Imparting Information, Altruism, Corrective Recapitulation, Socializing Techniques, Imitative Behavior, Interpersonal Learning, Group Cohesiveness, Catharsis and Existential Factors.

South Miami Recovery utilizes evidence-based substance abuse “best practices” employing substance abuse group therapy sessions which are facilitated by a professional therapist. A South Miami Recovery trained therapist directs the group and helps each participant to discover hidden aspects of themselves. The benefit of participating in substance abuse group therapy is that you realize you are not alone – there are other people in similar situations, even though the circumstances which led them there may differ. Relating to others with similar issues and experiences provides new insight into self-defeating behaviors. This is the benefit of substance abuse group therapy. Everybody shares their own experience, and you can gain a lot of insight from hearing what others have been through.

Even if you don’t necessarily agree or get along with everyone in your substance abuse group therapy sessions, there are valuable lessons to be learned from them which will play a large part in your recovery. The people you connect with during substance abuse group therapy can provide you with a new social circle – one comprised of other people who are in treatment. You can provide each other with the support and friendship necessary during treatment, and those relationships may last long after.

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