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Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy.
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Participation in the group offers several therapeutic benefits which facilitate and support change for the individual.

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These therapeutic gains are as follows:. The group provides the inspiration of hope that there is a solution to a seemingly hopeless condition of mind, body and soul. AA groups generate optimism and confidence that change is possible.

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The group is a vehicle for positive psychology. When I arrived at my first AA meeting I was full of despair and shame, and felt completely trapped in my addiction to alcohol. The group gave me some hope that long term sobriety was possible through the example of others. A fundamental therapeutic benefit obtained from 12 Step groups is identification with others — who have experienced similar difficulties. It helps group members increase their self-awareness and lessens feelings of isolation, shame and guilt; which promotes self-acceptance.

Identification and sharing self-disclosure with others, along with inventory work, has greatly increased my self-awareness and self-acceptance over the years, which in turn allows for greater honesty, authenticity and humility. The AA group shares information and wisdom in relation to recovery from addiction and living life alcohol free and in emotional balance.

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These are wise concepts that can be traced back to ancient Greek philosophy. This practice helps group members develop this important virtue and encourages its application in other areas of life. Participating in the AA group, and absorbing the principle of helping others without expectation of reward , and also the attitude of contributing to the group purpose or greater good principle of service , inspired me to volunteer in my local community for good causes, that benefit others outside of the AA group.

As someone who came into AA with damaged self-esteem and little sense of meaning in his life, feeling able to help others and developing a sense of purpose was very important in my recovery process.

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The group, through its communication of the Steps and Traditions, also promotes the practice of other moral virtues such as, honesty, humility, willingness, courage, compassion and integrity. Being a member of a 12 Step group encourages the development of social skills.

Groups provide the opportunity to be with, listen and talk to others; to test out and develop interpersonal skills such as self-disclosure and the offering of emotional support. Groups also provide the opportunity to observe healthy social and helpful behaviour in others, i.

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When I first started attending AA meetings, after years of relying upon alcohol and drugs in order to socially connect with others, I had quite poor social skills. Most VitalSource eBooks are available in a reflowable EPUB format which allows you to resize text to suit you and enables other accessibility features.

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Description How can the group setting be used to treat those with drug and alcohol problems? Divided into three sections it covers: core group work in addictions practical issues and solutions to common problems specific issues within the field of addictions.

The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous which have been modified for other addictions and compulsive behaviors are as follows: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

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Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.