Both within the rehab setting and after discharge, support groups are extremely helpful during recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Group therapy programs are another way for those in recovery to find healing and sobriety. Support groups and group therapy are related but different.
Both offer support but have differing goals. Group therapy offers opportunities for growth and change, learning and self-reflection, and are typically led by a mental health professional or addiction specialist. Support groups are in place to help their members cope with the stresses of life and challenges to their sobriety. And in a 12-step program, members who share lived experiences offer solidarity, accountability, and compassion.
If you live in the greater Houston area and seek a rehab program that offers group options such as therapy and support, reach out to Serenity Light Recovery at 855.658.6109. We will answer your questions about how groups can enhance your rehab experience and help you find long-term success.
As the word “therapy” implies, group therapy is the psychological treatment of patients within a group setting under the supervision of one or more therapists. Group interaction is part of the process. Making connections, accessing alternative sources of feedback, support, and ideas, and hearing multiple perspectives are all part of this treatment modality.
Group therapy sessions for addiction recovery can focus on skill development and practice directed by the therapist or simply allow for a free flow of conversation monitored and moderated by the therapist. Sometimes there is a plan to participate in group therapy activities focused on something like art or movement. Everyone is expected to share and participate.
Group therapy usually has a set number of pre-scheduled sessions, but not always.
Support groups are less structured than group therapy sessions, with conversations focusing on sharing and supporting members of the group struggling with addiction and seeking recovery. Unlike therapy sessions, personal sharing is not required in a support group, and there is no rule about regular attendance. However, regular participation in support groups such as a 12-step program is recommended and will result in better, more consistent outcomes.
Support groups are facilitated rather than led, and the organizers who run support meetings do not have to be addiction or mental health professionals.
SMART Recovery and 12-Step Programs
At Serenity Light Recovery, we offer group therapy as well as support groups. We offer two effective non-therapeutic group support programs with proven track records: the SMART Recovery program and a 12-step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
There are some fundamental differences in principles between the two programs:
- Based on participants accepting a higher power
- Embracing one’s powerlessness to accept change and find sobriety
- Addiction is a disorder
SMART Recovery Programs
- Based on participants having free will
- Acting from a place of choice
- Addiction is a behavior
However, these two kinds of support groups share important common elements. Both of them:
- Model group support as the key to accountability
- Are led by volunteer facilitators
- Are open to all
- Operate upon the idea that there are steps or stages a person must go through in seeking recovery from addiction
Serenity Light Offers Hope in Houston
If you are searching for support groups and group therapy programs in Houston, look no further than Serenity Light Recovery. In a truly beautiful, serene setting among professionals who have your best outcomes as their goals, surrounded by others who seek recovery just as you do and can share the journey, you will benefit from an individualized treatment program, including group options. We await your outreach to learn more or to get started on your journey. Please call us at 855.658.6109 or use our online form to take that first step.