How Group Therapy Heals

Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn offer a number of cutting-edge treatment therapies that are delivered within a group setting. The reason being is that there is a great power to be had from the peer’s collective input. In the latter stages of addiction, it is common for a sufferer to isolate and end up completely alone with only their addiction for company.  It important that this isolation is broken, in order for the individual to address their problems and recover fully.

Group therapy places the individual in direct contact with others, providing a sense of unity and support in their common problem.  It allows for different perspectives and assists in breaking down blocks that the individual may have that would potentially hinder their future recovery.  It is especially successful in treating the emotional aspect that often accompanies substance and process addictions and in treating mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, which also lend to isolating tendencies.

What Is Group Therapy?

Group therapy is as the name suggests. One or more treatment methodologies of therapy are delivered to our patients within a group setting for maximum effect.  Throughout the session, at least one qualified therapist/counsellor will be present to conduct and deliver the treatment modality.  Throughout the session, the therapist will ensure that each individual has the opportunity to provide input into the session and benefit from the therapy being delivered. Group therapy is usually carried out in a large and airy room that is private from interruption and will last approximately one hour.  The Counsellor, therapist or Psychotherapist present will lead the session and ensure that the group sticks to a set of rules that ensures their safety and allows each individual the space to talk and provide feedback to others.

The Benefits of Group Therapy

Group Therapy has a number of proven benefits and advantages for each patient as an individual:

  • Breaks the habit of isolation often imposed by active addiction
  • Creates a sense of unity, trust and empowerment within the group
  • Allows for different perspectives and viewpoints
  • Challenges the individual’s thought processes and core belief systems
  • Inspires the individual in their own recovery as they witness growth and recovery in others
  • Fosters the belief that communicating with others is a powerful tool in recovery
  • Improves social skills, empathy and compassion for others
  • Improves self-esteem and self-worth
  • Assists the individual in thinking outside of their own problems and helping others
  • Provides the individual with an opportunity to learn from others and their experiences
  • Improves self-esteem as they come to realise that their contribution is valuable
  • Provides an insight into their own issues as well as others
  • Helps dispel the belief that they will be judged by others for talking openly and honestly
  • Helps the individual to understand that they are not alone in their addiction or in the things they have done and the way that they think and feel

What Treatments Can Be Delivered During Group Therapy?

There are a number of proven, evidence-based addiction treatment modalities that work exceptionally well in a group therapy environment. The qualified Counsellor or therapist leading the group will deliver the modality or modalities and lead and control the group, using their experience and effective techniques to keep the environment safe, non-threatening and productive for all.  Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn deliver the following evidence-based therapies within a group therapy environment:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT

CBT is a highly effective talking therapy aimed at challenging and changing thought negative patterns and core belief systems related to addiction and its co-occurring illnesses. Addicts and alcoholics are driven by their thoughts, which create emotions, and emotions often lead to drinking, using, acting out and relapse. Addiction is essentially a chronic illness of the mind and only ever gets progressively worse without professional help and intervention. CBT helps to identify unhelpful, untrue and destructive thought processes and challenge them. The individual is encouraged to disregard or change unhelpful thoughts by recognizing the truth. Delivering this therapy within a group gives others the opportunity to help with identifying negative and unhelpful thinking and also for suggesting a more positive and helpful perspective.  By listening to the experiences of others within the group, individuals are able to relate and identify wrong thinking in themselves.  This therapy is particularly powerful within a group, as suggestions and challenges are made by peers that even a Counsellor may not have considered.

“Interpersonal Process” groups

Process groups are another form of group therapy and usually led by a Counsellor or Psychotherapist. Depending on the size of the group, more than one therapist may be present.  The process provides the individual with an opportunity to talk about anything that is bothering them, either inside or outside of the treatment environment.  They are also asked to identify the overriding feeling that they are currently experiencing and then explain why.  Most individuals that suffer from addiction and mood disorders, struggle to identify their feelings.  Process group therapy aims to help the individual to get back in touch with their feelings; feelings that they have blocked out for so long through the use of their addiction.  Feedback from the therapist and their peers helps the individual to process the feeling in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.  Peers may also share similar experiences to reassure that the individual is not alone in what they are experiencing and feeling.

Psycho-educational groups and workshops

These groups educate our patients about the nature of their illness, the effects and consequences. The group is encouraged to participate, share their experiences and brainstorm and to gain a better understanding of substance abuse, addiction and the reasons underlying it.  These groups are designed to educate so that the individual is fully armed with the facts about themselves and the nature of their illness.  Examples of Psycho-educational groups are Relapse Prevention, Life skills, 12 Step groups, Strengths groups, Recovery Motivation, Cause and effects and Health Education.

“Goals” group

This group helps the individual identify areas in their recovery and interpersonal skills that may be lacking.  It is then down to their peers to decide as a group on a goal for them to achieve over the coming week.  Their peers will have been sharing accommodation and groups with them, and as a result, come to experience them as an individual. This puts them in a unique place to make suggestions where there is room for improvement.  Each client will have a positive goal identified and be supported by their peers and focal Counsellor in making the necessary changes to achieve that goal.

Group therapy is extremely flexible and allows for a number of effective treatment modalities to be delivered. It is successful in treating a vast range of substance and behavioural related addictions as well as co-occurring conditions such as Depression, Anxiety and Trauma.

If you have any further questions regarding our treatment program or wish to speak to a member of our therapeutic team, please contact us directly


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