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Teens and young adults spend almost all their time in groups. Whether in class, hanging out with friends or playing sports, social interaction is crucial for proper development. Group therapy – which consists of counseling sessions held in a group and led by one or two therapists – is especially effective in treating young people with substance abuse and mental health concerns. It gives teens and young adults an engaging and fluid environment in which to share and process their challenges. Because of its supportive, encouraging and social nature, it is a common treatment method for this age group.
In addition to conventional clinical settings, age-specific group therapy can take on a number of forms including art sessions, time in the outdoors and recreational activities. Regardless of the format, the models used remain consistent:
The type of group therapy your counselor uses will change depending on what the session is intended to treat. Anger management, relapse prevention and trauma treatment all require different models. These sessions typically last one and a half to two hours, with a typical group therapy session following an outline such as:
Group therapy can help teens and young adults across the addiction spectrum. The facilitator will select the proper model based on the group’s needs and demographics (age, gender, concern, etc). Group therapy not only helps teens and young adults address their situations, but also builds strong social skills. The relationships and abilities that come from hearing about others’ situations and supporting one another is invaluable in learning how to approach life in a productive way.
This type of therapy is especially effective in treating addiction because it plays to our intrinsically social nature. As humans, we tend to gravitate towards groups. This reduces the isolation, depression and shame that result from substance abuse, while seeing examples of others’ recovery, opening up about your experiences and receiving support go a long way in reinforcing positive attitudes and behaviors.
At Sandstone Care, we understand how hard it can sometimes be to love yourself, and how important it is to feel accepted. Our entire community of counselors and clients will welcome you with open arms, free of judgment, so you can safely process what you’re going through with the help of people who truly care. Contact us today at 888-850-1890 to learn more about how we can help you take your first steps toward a happier you.