My Dad and Dementia

Hello, everyone! Am Naaz (name changed), working as a writer in a reputed company. All am going to share is a few words about my lovely dad’s dementia. Like every other kid in this world, I too grew up by seeing my dad as a hero. His biggest plus is being nice to everyone without […]

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It’s a pity that even over 70 years after the first successful demonstration of its efficacy in the treatment of acute mental illnesses like schizophrenia, there is still very little informed public opinion about Electroconvulsive Therapy or ECT. Although, it is a fact that ECT is one of the most effective method for treating severe […]

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Yoga and beating alcoholism

Alcoholism is the dependency on alcohol that has a physiological and psychological impact on a person’s life. According to WHO, about 30% of Indians consume alcohol, out of which 4-13% are daily consumers and up to 50% of these, fall under the category of hazardous drinking. Another worrying trend from India is that the average […]

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Beating Addiction Stigma and S...

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Substance Abuse Group Activities

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Group Activities.

Engaging in group therapy or activities is an essential part of recovery when it comes to substance abuse. Working in a group can have quite a few benefits for the individual. They get to share their experiences, learn new skills, gain insight, etc.

There are several activities that are employed in group sessions. These activities have different therapeutic motives behind them. Let us look at the type of activities that individuals engage in a substance abuse program:

  • Activities for relapse prevention: Relapse is when an individual, in the process of recovery, starts using the substance again. Relapse prevention activities aim at identifying and anticipating situation where there are chances of engaging in the abusive behaviour and ways to cope with the urges.
  • Activities for gaining insight: These kinds of activities help the individual get in touch with their inner self. They help in identifying and becoming aware of the emotional conflict that lead to the abusive behaviour. The group here acts like a mirror for the individual. Example, when sharing substance use history, other member can give feedbacks or inquire about something. These feedbacks and inquires help the individual get to know themselves better.
  • Activities for maintaining sobriety: These activities help the individual stay in the recovery process and avoid temptation for the substance. They may include activities the individual can engage to keep themselves busy when they get craving or activities that help them reason out why they should not engage in it.
  • Support groups: These kinds of groups engage in activities that give the individual support and motivation to stick on to sobriety. Their aim is to build a support system for the individual. The activities here inspire and encourage the individual and also to help them keep a track of their progress. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotic Anonymous are examples of such groups.
  • Bibliotherapy: This therapy requires the individual read books, stories or poetry on topics related to recovery from substance abuse. After that, discussions are held where they speak of what they learnt or found interesting in these literatures. It is often combined with maintaining a journal which the individual is asked to write daily and later read it out to the group if they agree to.
  • Reel therapy: This is another therapeutic technique that helps the individual draw inspiration and motivation to recovery through watching movies followed by discussions. They may also play a part in gaining insights to some aspects. Especially when the characters or situations in the movie resemble them.
  • Skills trainings: Here various skills are taught in groups where they can practise these skills with each other. These skills help the individual get back to the society and function effectively. Some of these are assertiveness training, communication skills, vocational training, etc.

Engaging and learning in group can be therapeutic as it helps create a supportive, positive and motivational environment for the individual to grow. The members learn from each other and support each other in the process of recovery. For best substance abuse treatment centers, call us now on +919611194949.

 

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