CognitiveTherapy Addiction Groups
CognitiveTherapy Addiction Groups
Group therapy is a form of psychological therapy that involves agroup of individuals who share similar problems. I am interested infacilitating a cognitive therapy addiction group in order to helpthose people who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction.As a group facilitator, I will try to understand and change thecognitive processes of the affected people about drug addiction. Thecognitive processes usually interact with the environmental,developmental and physiological processes, thereby resulting inaddictive behaviors (Galanter, 2014). The therapy group members willbe reviewed in each session in order to assess the rate of progressin recovering from addiction. The cognitive therapy group, which willlast for 8 weeks, will help the members to control their addictivebehaviors and thought processes. I will also take the role ofsuggesting goals to the members as they continue with theirrehabilitation process from substance abuse.
Thetherapy group members will be aged between 18-25 years a population,which might still be in school but, they are willing to stop usingdrugs. The members will be having some negative thought process,which have caused problems such to anxiety, addiction and depression.These are individuals who are struggling with addiction and substanceabuse such that they have lost control over their thought process andfelt emotionally weak (Velasquez, 2015). The cognitive therapy groupwill be suitable for this population since the members can receivesocial support, and refrain from the addictive behavior. The membersmight also benefit from the group because I will also teach them thecoping skills in areas of creating relationships, crisis managementand affect regulation. I will also encourage the members to carry outtheir homework assignments to achieve the academic goals.
Theaims/purposes of the therapy group is to help the members identifythe maladaptive behavior, give them advice on how to solve theiremotional problems, as well as, offering a supportive environment tothem at all times (Galanter, 2014). The members should attend thegroup sessions weekly and continue attending even after the extendedperiod of absistence. The central aim of the group is provide anopportunity for the members to receive advice and feedback thatresponds to their questions. In addition to the guidance andcounseling, the group will also help in reaching out to others andsupporting them on how to handle the social lives. The main theme ofthe therapy group is to refrain from addiction and live a happierlife. Therefore, the group activities will explain what a happy lifeentails, and how to achieve it.
Therationale for developing the cognitive therapy group is to respond tothe challenges of substance abuse and addiction, which have affectedthe youth for decades. Research shows that these groups are betterthan the self-help and support groups in prevention and the treatmentof drug abuse. I am interested in creating the group because with astrong social support network, the members can easily overcomeaddiction (Sofuoglu et al., 2013). The cognitive therapy group isbeneficial to the drug addicts because this kind of support is notusually available at home but, when they come and share theirexperiences with the others, they can easily refrain from substanceabuse. The group will enable the affected individuals to learn theinterpersonal and coping skills, which are essential in understandinghow your addictive behaviors impact other people’s lives. Cognitivebehavioral therapy is suitable for addressing the problems of drugabuse, depression, eating disorders and anxiety among others andthus, creating the group appears logical when one is aiming atsolving drug addiction problems.
Thecognitive therapy group will be structured in that during the firstsessions, the members will introduce themselves and share theirexperiences with the others. In the other sessions, the groupfacilitator can encourage the members to discuss their difficultiesand progress in overcoming addiction (Velasquez, 2015). It is clearthat addiction is the main issue that is being explored during thetherapy sessions and thus, the sessions will be confidential just asthe one-on-one sessions. The members will be asked to admit thenumber of sessions they are willing to attend so that the therapy canplan the group activities in advance. While some group sessions willinvolve discussions only, others will involve skills development,trust building and problem solving. As stated earlier, the groupfacilitator will assess the progress after every learning session inorder to keep track of the recovery processes undergone by theindividual group members.
Thecognitive therapy group will form as a closed group whereby all themembers begin the therapeutic process at the same time. The groupmeetings will be run by the professional leaders rather than themembers themselves as in the self-help groups. The group meetingswill involve all the participants but, in some sessions the memberscan be guided by another therapist. The members will be gatheringtogether in counseling rooms every week during the weekend. The groupmeetings will be free in order to create an environment whereby onecan express himself/herself anytime and get feedback (Sofuoglu etal., 2013). The time schedules will be flexible enough such that themembers can consult the therapist for long hours or even contacthim/her outside the group setting.
Galanter, Marc, Herbert D. Kleber, and Kathleen Brady, eds. TheAmerican Psychiatric Publishing textbook of substance abusetreatment. New York: American Psychiatric Pub, 2014.
Sofuoglu, Mehmet, et al. "Cognitive enhancement as a treatmentfor drug addictions." Neuropharmacology 64(2013): 452-463.
Velasquez, Mary Marden, et al. Group treatment for substanceabuse: A stages-of-change therapy manual. Washington DC: GuilfordPublications, 2015.