The road to rehab can feel long and lonely, which is why luxury rehab Malibu centers generally use both individual and group therapy. A group session lets you build your own support network of people who are also trying to kick addiction. You can learn from those who are farther along on their journey to sobriety and teach a few things to people just starting out. However, like most things in life, you get what you put into group therapy. Here’s how to make the most of it:
1: Speak Up
You may be seated and listening, but are you really participating? A vital part of group therapy is group communication. It’s okay to feel a little shy, embarrassed, or overwhelmed. However, a vital part of the recovery process is to get out of your own comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself, volunteer to help during demonstrations, and ask questions or share your opinions.
2: Be Respectful
People of all walks of life may find themselves needing to kick addiction. This includes people from walks you don’t agree with. Keep in mind that personalities are deep and complex. What you see and what they talk about is barely scratching the surface, so try to refrain from snap judgments. When in doubt, default to an attitude of ‘let’s agree to disagree.’
3: Embrace Accountability
Sounds uncomfortable or even scary? No, you aren’t accountable to the group as if they’re disapproving parents. Instead, the best group therapy creates a feeling of ‘we’re all in this boat together.’ Don’t be afraid to tell the group your goals and dreams, especially the ones that seem impossibly big. If you stumble along the way, tell them that, too. The group can:
- Help you troubleshoot plans
- Cheer you on as you get back on track
- Be inspired by your honesty
This last one is a really important point. Everyone seems to talk about the easy wins and big victories while keeping quiet about the struggles. This can make people who are newly recovering feel that they’re the only ones who have problems. Your honesty can make them feel less alone and inspire them to keep going when the going gets tough.
The Road to Sober Living
Sober living isn’t a destination, it’s a journey of a thousand steps. Every day, you’ll be faced with choices that will shape where your life ends up. Seasons in Malibu is a luxury rehab Malibu transformative center that can give you all the support you need for this journey. Contact us today to learn more about our CARF-accredited programs and a wide variety of payment options.