Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to
the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating opiate addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program that includes family therapy, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Addiction recovery facilities often employ a group therapy program that can be especially helpful to patients. These programs are directed by a psychologist who leads the group of between 5 and 15 people. Typically, the group meets for an hour or two weekly, with some attending individual therapy in addition to the group meeting. Others may participate in groups only.
Group therapy programs often focus on a specific problem that includes substance abuse, mental health disorders, chronic pain, and obesity. They can also target social skills and help people with a range of issues, such as shyness, anger, loneliness, and low self-esteem and worth. These groups can also center around those who have experienced loss, whether it’s from a spouse, child, or someone who committed suicide.
Group Therapy Benefits
People may feel uncomfortable talking to strangers about their feelings and emotions, especially if they have issues with social anxiety. However, groups who are going through something similar as the person can help them feel relatable and connected. Groups add a sounding board and support system that can help come up with ideas or suggestions for a life challenge or difficult situation. Other benefits include
Putting your problems in perspective – When other people suffer from mental health or substance abuse challenges and never say anything, you may feel like you’re alone in your struggle. When you can reach out to other members of the group, it helps you feel validated and more willing to open up yourself.
Diversity – People who have different backgrounds, personalities, and environments help others know and look at situations differently. By seeing how other people work through their challenges and make positive changes is a great motivator.
Can help propel you forward – Hearing how other people in the group are winning their fight against substance abuse or mental health problems is a powerful incentive. Patients will often push themselves harder when they see others succeeding.
Costs less than individual therapy – People may think just because it costs less, it’s not as effective, which isn’t true at all. Group therapy can be extremely powerful and rewarding.
Promote social skills – Again, you might feel uncomfortable talking with strangers about your life. Still, studies show that after therapy, people strengthen their social skills and make friends, sometimes for a lifetime.
Teaches you about yourself – This is probably the most significant benefit to group therapy programs. Every person in the group holds up a mirror, and you get to see through their eyes. It helps you and them to take off the blinders, reserve judgments, and practice empathy. It’s also a way of uncovering the blind spots that could be blocking your ability to succeed with substance abuse or mental health recovery.
Getting the Most from Group Therapy
Taking the following steps can help you get the most from group therapy:
Take a pledge. Counselors should have each member of the group sign a contract that spells out the expectations of the group. Doing so can help you overcome any fear about participating in the therapy.
Participate. This might seem like a no-brainer, but there will be days you don’t feel like chatting, which is fine. Still, the more you participate, the more benefit you will see.
Share. You never know when what you say to the group may have a considerable impact on an individual struggling. Plus, when you help others, you feel good, and it can perpetuate a cycle that yields excellent results.
Group therapy programs are a great way to help those in addiction or mental health recovery. When done healthily, it can make a huge impact on individuals and form great friendships in the process.
10 weeks ago
This place is so wonderful and all of the staff care so very much! They are very professional and they know what they are doing. Absolutely amazing facility and staff!!!
28 weeks ago
Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
46 weeks ago
Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!
47 weeks ago
What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
47 weeks ago
Steps saved our daughter’s life as well as her kids!
Jan 1, 2019
The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
Nov 13, 2018
This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
Aug 10, 2018
I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
The Steps Recovery Centers Guarantee
Steps Recovery Centers guarantee that any person who completes any of our programs are welcome to come to our weekly aftercare group for additional support at no charge for life.