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Freedom’s team of professionals employs a wide array of group treatment models to meet clients' needs along their path to recovery. Freedom considers the group goals and methodology in deciding what types of groups are to be used. 

Each individual model is led by an experienced team member who can provide powerful therapeutic experiences for members of the group. As each model offers something different to individuals, we offer a variety of different groups that are required to be attended by all clients. The group therapy models and discussed topics cater to addiction coping skills. 

Our proven, effective group models include:

  • Psychoeducational groups
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Problem-Solving Groups
  • Skills Development groups
  • Support Groups 
  • Interpersonal Process Groups
  • Art Therapy
  • Relapse Prevention 
  • Indigenous Programming

Some of our group topics include:

Therapy is a vital part of all drug and alcohol addiction treatments at Freedom from Addiction because it can address adjacent mental health conditions that often play a major role in substance abuse. Freedom From Addiction’s team of group therapists employs 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 Therapy?

Group therapy 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 therapist. The therapist will lead the session with contributions from the group, who actively listen to other people’s experiences and share their own. Freedom From Addiction’s group therapy in Toronto and Newmarket 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.

Clients will often discuss similar issues both individually and in groups. Groups will address boundaries, emotional work, anger management, and 12 steps, among other topics. Group therapy provides a sense of community for the participants and offers them different perspectives on relatable topics, while individual therapy allows for the exploration of issues specific to the individual.

How does Group Therapy Work?

Clients participate in all scheduled therapy groups throughout the day and week. Each model is led by an experienced team member who can provide powerful therapeutic experiences for members of the group. While a Biopsychosocial assessment is used to pair clients with their primary one-on-one therapist, group therapy is for the entire group. Our proven, effective group models include: 

Psychoeducational Groups

Psychoeducational group therapy 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 combines health psychology with behavioural therapy and psychotherapy to help manage stress, overcome addiction, learn anger management skills, and manage or end relationships. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) & 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 therapy 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.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Groups

Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) is a type of “talking” cognitive behavioural therapy that aims to help individuals recognize and change unhealthy thought and behaviour patterns, control their emotions and develop healthier coping mechanisms so they can improve their daily life and relationships. Originally developed for treating borderline personality disorder, DBT has since been adapted for treating other mental health conditions such as depression, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders. 

Skills Development Groups

The road to sobriety can present many challenges and difficulties along the way. Group therapy 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.

Process & Support Groups

Our centre hosts 12-step philosophy groups throughout the week, in addition to hosting AA meetings at the centre, which are open to the community as well as alumni. These meetings are held on a regular basis and currently take place via Zoom. In addition to 12-step programs like Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous, other support groups we host may also include SMART Recovery and Red Road to Recovery.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is designed to empower individuals, helping them commit to a specific goal through the discovery of their personal reasons for change and developing their capacity for it. It is a collaborative process which requires the facilitator to engage the clients on an equal footing so they can develop self-awareness, confidence and desire instead of feeling forced to commit to a defined goal without any motivation, which can be difficult to sustain.

Solutions-Focused Therapy

When trying to solve problems, many people tend to focus so much on the problematic issues that it becomes difficult for them to find suitable solutions and move forward. While identifying the source of the problem is important and is briefly discussed in this therapy, solutions-focused therapy is primarily goal-oriented instead of cause-centric, helping clients discover attainable and satisfying solutions, construct the best strategies for achieving them, maintain positivity and develop sustainable behavioural changes. 

Who can benefit from Group Therapy?

Freedom From Addiction believes that everyone who is seeking drug and alcohol addiction treatment can benefit from group therapy. 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 Therapy at Freedom From Addiction

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

Contact us today to find out how Freedom From Addiction can help you.

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