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How Group Therapy Helps in Inpatient Treatment


Dual diagnosis inpatient treatment centers can conduct effective group therapy sessions for people recovering from addictions.

“Dual diagnosis” simply means an occurrence of both substance abuse addiction and mental illness in one person. This can prove to be very challenging as one condition alone is a major task to recover from. Add the presence of mental illness, whether inherited or triggered, and you can be sure the patient and the treatment center’s hands will be full.

“Inpatient” means the patient will reside at the center, under full guidance and supervision of the medical personnel, dietitians, and the substance abuse counselors.

What are the Causes of Mental Illness?

There are only two causes of mental illness, really:

  1. It is inherited. Certain people may be predisposed to mental illness as it runs in their families. Thus, each person who enters a treatment center for dual diagnosis recovery must be tested for all signs and symptoms of substance abuse and mental illness.
  2. It is triggered. Victims of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), usually soldiers who have experienced much in the field or in war, are susceptible to this syndrome. Every day folks are also susceptible especially if they have suffered a trauma in the past and are triggered by an event.

Inpatient dual diagnosis treatment centers can be of great help to individuals serious about nipping their addiction in the bud, coupled with the presence of mental illness.

What is the Prognosis for Full Recovery for Dual Diagnosis?

It will take a lot of treatment, supervision, and counsel to get a person suffering from dual diagnosis to get back into health and recovery again.  But it can be done, through the use of group therapy, facilitated by a capable and competent leader – usually a recovered addict as well.

This person has gone through what you're going through and succeeded in kicking the substance abuse (drugs and alcohol) problem. He is now in full control of his life, as you will be, too, once you give it a chance at those reliable dual diagnosis inpatient treatment centers.

Similarly, it is largely upon the will and determination of the patient suffering from substance abuse and mental illness to get well.

A good dual diagnosis treatment center will always bring the person back to himself – to his own potential for healing – for if they let him be dependent on them for life, then it defeats the whole purpose of being in the center in the first place.

Here are the five wonderful benefits of group therapy:

  1. A sense of belonging. People who get into substance abuse are oftentimes lost souls, abused people, traumatized souls, loners. If they are open to it, group therapy can help them feel loved and understood.
  2. A sense of camaraderie. Group therapies are composed of 3 or more people, up to 12 people. Usually, the facilitator is a recovered addict who understands the plight of each member of the group. He’s been there.
  3. Joy in sharing. It helps when you get things off your chest. It takes courage to speak up and thus empowers you when you are able to tell others what you’ve been through. It takes courage to trust self and others all over again.
  4. Joy in helping each other. Hearing about the pain and trauma of others shows that you are not alone in your pain and trauma. Others may even have suffered more and so this encourages you to go outside of yourself.

An avenue for releasing past pain. Talking about your pain or trauma is very healing. You get it off your chest and gives you more courage. One day, you will have left all that pain and trauma behind for you addressed it.