Group Therapy for Teens
Adolescence is a troubling time for many young people, creating a challenging line between the innocence of childhood and the freedom of adult life. Some teens cope better than others, embracing the life changes that come with higher education, fluctuating family dynamics, and adult responsibilities with vigor and excitement.
Other teens, however, struggle with the transition and turn to coping mechanisms like drugs to deal with the stress of school, career, future, and family. They may try to be more like their peers, displaying rebellious behavior, or pull away from their friend groups as they travel down a darker road. Unfortunately, those who turn to illicit substances often fall victim to addiction, and that means a need for professional rehabilitation.
At the Teen Treatment Center, we understand how important it is to treat the needs of each teen, working through the struggles that lead to a dependence on drugs or alcohol. Through group therapy, your teen is able to begin healing in a comfortable and safe environment, working with peers who can identify with his struggles and share in the healing process.
We offer treatment for substance abuse, behavioral disorders, and mental health disorders, building customized paths designed to accommodate the individual needs of each and every one of our adolescent patients. Our gender-separate programs allow teens to begin healing without distraction, providing a strong support system that fosters healthy behavior and helps teens bond with those walking the same road.
If you would like to learn more about our group therapy programs and how we are able to provide a fresh start for your teen, contact the Teen Treatment Center today at (844) 319-5239. Help is available 24/7 and all consultations are confidential.
What Is Group Therapy?
As the name implies, group therapy is a therapeutic tool that relies on sharing and bonding in a group environment. A common facet of rehabilitation and addiction treatment programs, group therapy is a wonderful tool that utilizes accountability and shared experiences to help individuals work towards sobriety.
Group therapy can function in many different ways. For adolescents in recovery, group therapy can help teens to feel less alone in their struggles, showing them that others face the same problems and require the same sort of assistance to move forward.
For developing teens, peer groups are an extremely important part of growing up. Their friends and classmates are valuable resources, providing the support, camaraderie, and closeness that are integral to healthy development. However, the influence of friendship is not always positive; a new friend group is often at the root of rebellious behavior and rule-breaking, like trying drugs and partying. This reliance on others can worsen problematic actions, ruining the good that peer group relationships often have to offer.
In a rehabilitation setting, addiction counselors can use the power of peer groups to overcome negative pressure, rebuilding the positive bonds that help teens grow and move forward appropriately.
Psychoeducational groups are also a benefit in therapy. Used as a learning tool, these groups are designed to provide in-depth education on disorders and treatments. At Teen Treatment Center, psychoeducational groups offer accurate information about the science behind addiction, the risks of addictive substances, and the importance of detox and rehabilitation. Despite the thrill in drug use, many teens do not fully understand the serious ramifications, and a proper course of education can help them to better comprehend the severity of their choices.
The History of Group Therapy
Group therapy has a long history in addressing physical, emotional, and mental disorders. First used in the early 1900s in tuberculosis treatment centers and later applied after WWII for soldiers experiencing psychological trauma, the science behind group therapy has evolved greatly over the last century.
After seeing a marked improvement in patients exposed to group settings, medical professionals sought to identify and explain the power of groups in therapy. Famed psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom, MD, is credited with identifying the 11 characteristics that make group therapy effective:
- Group Cohesiveness Altruism
- Instillation of Hope
- Imparting Information
- Interpersonal Learning
- Development of Socializing Techniques
- Imitative Behavior
- Corrective Recapitulation of the Primary Family Groups
- Existential Factors
This discovery has shaped the current landscape of group practices as doctors and therapists work to ensure patients are in the best possible position to recover fully and with minimal risk of relapse. Today, group therapy is used to treat many different disorders and conditions, including alcohol and drug rehabilitation, depression, PTSD, grief, and more. With a proven track record of success, group therapy is one of the most important tools on the road to recovery.
Benefits of Group Therapy
Group therapy is a valuable part of youth treatments, helping your teen to develop strong, positive peer bonds with others in the same position. During group therapy sessions, your teen will be able to gain valuable perspective from others in the same program, including new approaches to coping and the steps their peers take to come to terms with addiction.
As such, group therapy has many benefits for your teen.
- Your teen will realize they are not alone in their struggle.
- Your teen may experience a huge relief by expressing their struggles with their peers.
- Being in group therapy allows teens to develop new communication skills.
- Your teen may gain a new, positive perspective about their condition in group therapy.
- Your teen may develop healthy coping mechanisms from peers in their group therapy session.
- The confidentiality of group therapy allows teens to feel comfortable about discussing their feelings.
If you feel that your teen may benefit from group therapy at our treatment center, call us today at (844) 319-5239. We are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays, to provide the support your family needs.
Group Therapy Activities
Despite public perceptions, group therapy goes beyond sitting in a circle and talking about emotions, although this is a key part of the process. In reality, group therapy involves many activities designed to enhance participation and foster growth, helping participants to invest fully in the therapeutic process.
While activities will vary greatly depending on the atmosphere in question, they can involve options like:
- Identification and discussion of triggers for substance abuse
- List creation, such as lists of activities that can take the place of drugs or lists of things for which patients are grateful
- Stream of consciousness writing
- Role playing, like discussing saying no to drugs and identifying ways to counsel others about substance abuse
- Anger management skills practice
- Sharing meaningful songs and stories
- Discussions surrounding support systems and coping mechanisms
- Identification of consequences involved with drug use and breaking abstinence
- Trust activities to build support within the group
At Teen Treatment Center, we focus on the kinds of strategies that can build self-confidence, strengthen peer bonds, and emphasize the importance of sobriety, helping teens to learn the coping mechanisms necessary to say no to substance abuse throughout adult life.
Restore Your Teen Today
At Teen Treatment Center, we are dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for those facing addiction and substance abuse.
Group therapy is only one part of what we are able to do, however. Our individualized treatment approach allows us to address the physical, psychological and emotional needs of your teen, creating a series of therapies that attend to his unique needs.
All of our programs are able to offer any combination of:
- Individual therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy)
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Academic programs
- Basic living skills
- Spiritual care
If your teen is struggling with addiction, Teen Treatment Center is here to help. We are committed to providing a safe, supportive environment dedicated to sobriety, helping to restore your teen and family to a happier, healthier way of life.
Take the first step and call us now at (844) 319-5239. Our intake counselors are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All consultations are completely confidential.
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