Drug Rehab in Utah
  Utah Young Adult Treatment Programs
  by NewRoadsTreatment.com
17Mar/100

Group Dynamics in Utah Substance Abuse

New Roads features gender specific groups

New Roads features gender specific groups

Treatment as Recovery – Many individuals working as professionals in the substance abuse industry have a serious passion for the work they do as they are in recovery themselves.  It is a way of giving back and staying connected to their peers and their sobriety.  It is also a way of continually working on self-awareness and understanding.  This can also be a way of falling into using treatment as recovery.  This can be dangerous if the Utah substance abuse professional in recovery stops working their own program and relies completely on the people they are treating for support and communication.  This can create an unhealthy and unproductive group dynamic that must be recognized right away.

Avoiding Minutia – Constantly trying to avoid stories and chaos in order to get to the root of the issue at hand can be draining for the professional and the group members.  Many times this is a necessary step in order for a substance abuse client to work to a point to handle the therapeutic process.  This situation must be recognized and monitored as some group members can get stuck on their story and never move to the issue.

Rescuing – People are generally uncomfortable with silence.  Rescuing is a form of enabling a group member processing an issue to avoid the emotion and get bailed out of the situation.  Imagine a client taking time in silence while trying to process a significant breakthrough in therapy and another group member is feeling uncomfortable and tries to process the feeling for them.  More often then not the individual dealing with a difficult emotion will agree with whatever is being said instead of working the issue alone.  These situations can be avoided in substance abuse group therapy if effective norms or rules are set at the beginning and rescuing can be identified and understood.

Participation and Timing – A cohesive and productive group will have a level of participation from all involved.  Although this is not something to be forced upon group members, it is a good idea to acknowledge it so resentments can be aired and processed.  Every addicted substance abuse client discloses and contributes at their own pace.  Asking for participation from any group member must be done with thought out timing – this can be done when they are physically showing signs of emotion on a particular issue.

Accepting Feedback – Most Utah substance abuse centers have the ability to conduct groups in a serene, therapeutic outdoor setting.  Getting people to participate in group in a different setting then what they are used can help bring them to the present and allow for more focus on treatment and other peers.  Defensive tendencies pop up in groups in many forms – addicts with the ability to accept positive or negative feedback and process it without being defensive are well along their way to recovery.

Confidentiality – The group environment must foster a stable, non-judgmental, and safe place.  Once a group member’s trust has been broken it is very difficult to conduct a productive and positive group in the future.  Clients must know and fully understand the ramifications of disclosing group discussion outside of group.  It is both the professional’s and the members responsibility to be accountable and ensure trust is kept within the group.