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Group Counselling Toronto

Counselling is a key part of drug and alcohol addiction treatment in Toronto for many people, as it can help them stay clean. It can also be an effective treatment for adjacent mental health conditions that oftentimes play a major role in substance abuse. Freedom From Addiction’s team of group counsellors in Toronto employ a wide array of group treatment models to meet the client’s needs along their path to recovery.

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What is Group Counselling?

Group counselling is a form of therapy where a group of people who share similar experiences or issues, such as alcohol or drug addiction, come together with a professional counsellor. The counsellor will lead the session with contributions from the group, who both actively listen to other people’s experiences and share their own. Freedom From Addiction’s group counselling in Toronto is designed to work towards a solution to specific problems or to prevent them. This can include grief, trauma, behavioural issues like anger management and relapse prevention among others.

Group counselling is typically preferred over individual counselling for drug and alcohol addiction treatment in Toronto, but of course, both options are available. Individual therapy can be helpful in instances where individuals have significant mental health conditions that are separate from their addiction, such as anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder for example, that requires treatment. In group counselling, you will for the most part focus on addiction.

How does Group Counselling Work?

When our clients are paired with a group, the goals and methodology of each group are taken into consideration to determine which group counselling in Toronto they would be best suited to. Each model is lead by an experienced team member who can provide powerful therapeutic experiences for members of the group. As each model provides something different to individuals, a match is made to ensure the individual is placed in the proper group, where members of the group have similar goals. Our proven, effective group models include:

Psychoeducational Groups

Psychoeducational group counselling provides education and information to clients seeking mental health services. This group model is a humanistic approach to developing healthier behavioural patterns, values and outlook on life, by changing the way you interpret future life events and past experiences. It can help to manage stress, overcome poly-addiction, learn anger management skills, and manage or end relationships.

Cognitive Behaviour & Problem Solving Groups

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) educates our clients on how to recognize thoughts, moods and situations that can lead to relapse. Our group counselling in Toronto will help clients learn how to avoid these triggers, mostly by shifting the way you think. Other effective problem-solving skills are learned in order to overcome challenges you may face on your way to sobriety.

Skills Development Groups

The road to sobriety can present many challenges and difficulties along the way. Group counselling in Toronto can help you to develop the skills that are necessary to overcome them. These skills may be directly related to substance abuse, such as avoiding triggers or learning ways to decline offers of drugs. Or, they can be used to manage other aspects connected to continuing sobriety, such as problem-solving and anger management.

Support Groups

12 step programs like Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous are peer support groups that can be a useful part of your recovery. There are many benefits to joining a support group for drug and alcohol addiction treatment in Toronto as you are surrounded by like-minded individuals who are all working towards remaining sober and hold you accountable to do the same. Most importantly, you will be able to build support systems outside of residential treatment for situations where you need support during emotional and trying times. However, keep in mind that these groups aren’t led by trained psychotherapists, so they are not the same as group therapy.

Who can benefit from Group Counselling?

Freedom From Addiction believes that everyone who is seeking drug and alcohol addiction treatment in Toronto can benefit from group counselling. Substance addiction is more than just a physical dependence on certain substances. There are certain psychological and social factors that can be extremely powerful trigger points that can prompt relapse. These triggers can include stress, environmental cues (such as visiting certain locations, etc.) and social interactions and networks.

Group Counselling at Freedom From Addiction

Freedom From Addiction offers group counselling in Toronto for drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Our team of professionals lead programs that are designed to provide clients with the skills that are necessary to live a happy and sober life.

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