Attending group therapy has many benefits for people struggling with substance use disorders. For example, participating in group therapy gives you access to peer support, reduces feelings of isolation and can provide a sense of inspiration as you listen to others share their success stories. If you’re not sure what to share during a group therapy session, check out these seven group topics for rehab patients.
1. Family Dynamics
Discussing your family relationships can help therapists and peers better understand you as a person, and it can provide insight into the best way to address your substance use disorder. Consider discussing the relationship between your parents, how you interact with your siblings or family issues such as addiction or domestic violence.
2. Past Trauma
Trauma is one of the most common group topics for rehab patients due to the tremendous amount of influence it has on an individual’s life. If you have experienced a trauma, such as assault or physical abuse, discussing this trauma during group therapy can help you learn new coping skills to address the issue in a healthier way.
3. Substance Use Triggers
A trigger is something that causes you to start craving alcohol or drugs, increasing your risk of relapse. Listening to other people discuss their triggers is beneficial because it can help you uncover triggers you didn’t even know you had, making it more likely you’ll stay sober even after you complete your treatment program.
4. Future Plans
During the recovery process, it’s helpful to address things that happened in the past, but it’s also important to think about the future. Making plans can help you stay motivated and remember how important it is to complete treatment. You may want to discuss plans you have for improving family relationships, building a rewarding career or mending fences with people who’ve been hurt by your addiction.
5. Personal Heroes
It’s important to have people in your life who model good behavior and can help you stay on the path to recovery. During group therapy, consider talking about a person you admire. Explain why you admire that person and what you can do to be more like them if you stay sober.
When you’re actively addicted to alcohol or drugs, it can be difficult to engage in regular self-care. Discussing self-care during group therapy can give you insight into what other people do to take care of their physical and mental health. Ask other group members to share their routines and explain how those routines have helped them during the recovery process.
Everyone has bad habits, but some habits are more destructive than others. One of the most common group topics for rehab patients is bad habits and how they can be replaced with positive ones. Covering this topic during group therapy can help you uncover some of your own bad habits and get ideas for good habits from your fellow group members.
Calusa Recovery offers a welcoming environment for those in need of treatment for substance use. If you’re ready to discuss these topics with professional counselors or peers who are also struggling with addiction, contact Calusa Recovery at 844-254-9664 to learn more about inpatient therapy options.