addiction treatment strategies group therapy & Group Psychotherapy

Step 4 of ATS 5 Step Program

Group Psychotherapy

Step four of the program in the psycho-educational groups is focused on understanding is knowledge, knowledge is the power to change. This is what we teach in the psycho-education room. In this psycho-educational room, we want to apply what patients learned in an educational component to group psychotherapy. Everybody who comes into this program initially comes in having significant issues in their own lives and is able to relate it to one of four categories; health, legal, relationship, and location.

    • Health focuses on how the substances are impacting your health and whether there is a risk of overdosing or how their health issues seem to be impacting the patient’s life? Is it affecting your thinking, feeling, or behavior? Patients may believe they’re lying about their physical condition, to denial, then to a neurological condition that prevents them from understanding their addiction is ruining their health.
    • Legal can be DUIs, which constitutes a legal problem. ATS can help you talk about it and figure out if it’s a mental health issue or if it may need to be dealt with in an unemotional manner.
    • Relationships are a primary problem ATS deals with. Patients may need help dealing with a spouse, mom, dad, etc. Addiction can always have impacts on relationships in terms of emotional responses. Family dynamics or family support is covered more in step five of the program.
    • Location deals with patients who may have lost jobs due to their addiction and it certainly shows in those who switch jobs. These results occur from addiction and suffering from these addictions.

What is the Intention of Group Psychotherapy?

Group psychotherapy is intended to discuss what other types of significant issues patients bring that can be discussed so other can identify with them. This decreases the intensity of feeling like they’re the only one when most patients have very similar issues.

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