If you struggle with substance abuse, you may find that your relationships with family and loved ones have become strained, or even broken entirely. This can happen because of your negative behavior while under the influence, or perhaps because of the embarrassment or shame you feel about your addiction.
At our Colorado addiction recovery centers, we use group therapy to help you learn how to rebuild those valuable connections. We understand that healthy relationships are a key part of your long-term recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol. You need people in your life whom you love and trust to help you deal with the stress and frustration of trying to stay sober.
In group therapy, you find support in your interactions with others who are challenged by many of the same issues. During detox, the group provides encouragement as you deal with the difficult and sometimes painful process of withdrawal. Later in your recovery journey, these sessions give you a safe space to talk honestly with other recovering addicts about your struggles.
At Golden Peak Recovery, we understand that there are many reasons why people become addicted. A prescription for pain medication turns into a full-blown addiction. A drink to calm down from the day turns into a pattern of alcohol abuse. People turn to drugs and alcohol to deal with traumatic events both recent and old.
Whatever your personal story, sharing it is an important part of group therapy. In this safe and supportive environment, you can talk about your addiction without fear of being judged. You can reflect on what your substance abuse has cost you in your personal life without embarrassment or shame.
As everyone in the group shares their stories, you begin to develop a relationship of trust and understanding. You begin to connect with other group participants – and in the process discover tools that can help you meet the challenge of reconnecting with family and friends.
During group therapy sessions at Golden Peak Recovery, our specially trained therapist uses techniques such as:
Your therapist makes sure everyone has an opportunity to speak during these sessions and, most important, that everyone feels safe. The therapist helps you reflect on your experiences in new ways by asking questions that are probing or challenging, getting you and other group members to rethink your assumptions.
Many people with an addiction have turned their back on their past. The group therapy program at Golden Peak Recovery is a training ground for learning how to acknowledge and reconnect with the most important people in your life. You learn how to speak honestly about your addiction and take responsibility for past actions. You practice coping skills for difficult interactions. And most importantly, you learn how to accept yourself, a necessary step in feeling truly accepted by others.