I have been involved in facilitating groups for couples, adults and young adults.The group environment is much like a family. Each member can explore how their childhood experiences affected them and also learn to make choices if they want to change their behaviour.
Group members share information and help each other.
This I find is so important as members of an addiction group realise that others have the same problems as them and it is universal they are no alone.
When members of a group are at different stages it instils hope in the others.
When groups have a common goal say ‘strengthening recovery’ or ‘weight loss ‘ it creates a sense of belonging and acceptance. The therapist acts as a role model.
Groupwork is very powerful and rewarding.