Group Therapy

You're not the only one

Personalized Treatment with Peer Support

Struggling with sexual addiction issues can leave you feeling very alone and like no one understands what you’re going through. Due to the perceived stigma, it can be hard to share openly, which hinders many from getting help. Group sessions are an integral component of the Gentle Path treatment program. When one person in a group shares his experience, everyone in the group gains by realizing how those topics and themes relate to their own lives. Feeling connected to a group of peers also alleviates a lot of shame and reminds participants that they’re not alone on this path.

The Benefit of Groups

It’s a misconception that all “real” progress is made in solo therapy sessions. One-on-one therapy is an important part of the treatment process, but it’s in groups that patients find community, camaraderie, and peer support that can lead to important insights and provide the framework for lasting recovery.

Group therapy is an integral part of our comprehensive program for a very strategic reason: It allows patients to identify with their peers and gain insight into their negative choices and behaviors from others who have been there. As patients form a community and learn from each other, they are better able to incorporate what they’re hearing from counselors and therapists.

Among other benefits, small group sessions:

  • Foster learning
  • Create long-term friendships
  • Improve self-awareness
  • Promote a sense of community
  • Highlight the need for change
  • Teach participants how to build a support network in recovery
  • Build relationships that last beyond treatment and into recovery

Group therapy encourages patients to establish relationships with other members, creating long-term friendships and improved self-awareness. While away from family and friends during inpatient treatment, this group of imperfect people can mimic the family of origin, allowing issues to surface and be dealt with. As they work together to find freedom from addiction, trauma, and other mental health issues, they are reminded that they are not alone.

I don’t fix anybody. I get the privilege of being there while they embark on this brave journey to fix themselves.

— Dr. Erica Sarr Clinical Director

Recovery is Possible

Gentle Path is a safe, nurturing community composed of peers where your journey of recovery will include not just dealing with outward behaviors but examining the underlying causes. The goal is to gain the courage to face difficult issues (including grief and loss), heal from emotional trauma, and become accountable for your feelings, behaviors, and recovery.

 

Taking that first step is hard, but there’s a new life of health and hope just waiting for you. The next chapter of your life can begin now, but only you can change your story.

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