Addiction can be isolating and lonely. While group counseling can initially be intimidating, it often proves to be a valuable treatment option. Group counseling is the treatment modality of choice for individuals with substance abuse problems and is among the counseling services offered at New Bridge Foundation®. In group counseling, individuals can share and grow together, offering each other support and honest shared experiences.
Established over fifty years ago, New Bridge Foundation®’s diverse staff of trained mental health professionals and certified addiction counselors offer high quality services as well as specialized treatment options. We understand the complexities of addiction treatment and are ready to work with you to address your needs. Reach out to one of our expert professionals at New Bridge Foundation® to learn how group addiction counseling may be right for you or a loved one by calling 866.772.8491.
An Overview of Group Therapy
Whether you participate in residential treatment or benefit from our outpatient telehealth services, group counseling is a part of your experience. Each group is facilitated by a trained professional with extensive experience in group facilitation. Some of the groups are psychoeducational and provide participants education on a variety of topics related to addiction and recovery. Other groups are more process oriented in nature allowing participants an opportunity to discuss and examine feelings related to themselves and their addiction. Regardless of the type of group, a counselor leads the group in a guided discussion, moderating and facilitating dialogue. It is a basic rule of group counseling that whatever is shared in a group setting stays confidential, allowing clients a safe and open environment.
Why Choose Group Counseling for Addiction?
Substance abuse is often an isolating experience. Group counseling can help alleviate some of the loneliness and isolation that results from addiction. One of the main benefits of group counseling is peer support, allowing clients to learn from each other and grow together. Hearing others’ experiences can create new opportunities for growth or present new personal solutions. Some of the benefits of group counseling include:
- Group counseling helps you form support networks – Building mutual networks of support is an essential part of maintaining sobriety. Group counseling is one of the best places to form these connections. When you not only receive but give support, it builds camaraderie and self-confidence among the participants.
- Group counseling breaks isolation – Group counseling puts you among peers who understand the struggle of addiction and allows you to remember you are not alone. Simply sharing experiences and challenges with a group can help reduce the stress and pain of addiction while also preparing you to address triggers and stressors with friends and family outside of treatment.
- Group counseling allows you to learn from each other – Your growing support network at New Bridge Foundation® can offer new coping techniques and lessons on avoiding destructive behaviors and triggering situations. Learning these skills is an important part of recovery, and group counseling offers the chance to gain perspective from your peers in recovery.
What Group Counseling Options Does New Bridge Foundation® Offer?
At New Bridge Foundation®, we offer various options for group counseling depending on a client’s recovery needs. Our clients can access counseling options centering on dual diagnosis issues, a specialized program for active-duty military members and veterans (Operation Success), and LGBTQ+ focused addiction treatment.
Regardless of which addiction program our clients are following, group counseling will be a large part of their treatment. The following program options are available to individuals at New Bridge Foundation®:
- Short-term residential rehab (Helios)
- Short-term outpatient rehab (Helios)
- Long-term residential rehab (START)
Contact New Bridge Foundation® To Learn More About Group Counseling Today
Group counseling is an important step on your path to addiction recovery. If you or a loved one live in Northern California, or the San Francisco Bay Area and are struggling with addiction, reach out to New Bridge Foundation® by calling 866.772.8491 to learn more about our group counseling options. Additionally, Telehealth services are available to residents of the state of California.