Group Therapy in Massachusetts

When someone goes through the challenges of living with an addiction to alcohol or drugs, they naturally feel alone and isolated in their problem. As much as they wish they could open up and speak to others, they fear being misunderstood. The same is true of someone who has a mental health disorder. Lake Avenue Recovery offers group therapy in Massachusetts to help people recognize many others feel the same emotions and endure similar difficulties. Group therapy helps people open up in a safe environment supervised by skilled therapists who are trained to lead them as a group. With the therapist’s guidance, people learn to problem-solve together and make progress they didn’t think possible.

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What is the Purpose of Group Therapy?

The history of group therapy dates back to the early 1900s. The purpose of our group therapy in Massachusetts is to provide a safe and private space for people with similar life challenges to come together. Having similar issues, emotions, and experiences helps build bonds and allows people to speak openly about what they’re going through. Group therapy helps people identify the commonalities of the issues the group members have. 

Group therapy is commonly used during treatment for substance use disorders as well as mental health disorders like depression or bipolar disorder. The group works as a team to learn how to develop healthy coping skills that will enable them to stay sober. Group members receive professional treatment from the therapist while also enjoying peer support. 

Types of Group Therapy We Offer

Lake Avenue Recovery offers a multitude of types of group therapy. They include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a common therapy used to treat addiction and mental illness. Peers work as a unit on topics such as their core beliefs, changing their thought processes, and developing positive affirmations. 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): The four components of DBT include Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Emotional Regulation. Each component helps people understand how to develop healthy coping skills and avoid the temptation to relapse. 

Process Groups: This is a more general type of group therapy in that each session doesn’t have one specific topic. Members can bring up issues they’re struggling with and a conversational give-and-take takes place. 

Psychoeducational Groups: The group leader addresses specific topics during each session such as dealing with difficult emotions. The group members learn how to improve their ability to remain sober and deal with uncomfortable topics. 

Levels of Care We Provide Group Therapy In

Anyone interested in group therapy in Massachusetts can take advantage of it in many levels of care. They include:

Day Treatment: Also known as a Partial Hospitalization Program, Day Treatment meets from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is the highest level of care we offer and requires the most time in attendance. 

IOP: Our intensive outpatient program requires attendance Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This option works well for those who have their mornings free. They can then take care of their personal responsibilities in the afternoon and evening. 

Evening IOP: Evening IOP requires attendance up to four times a week from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This schedule works well for those who need their days free and can attend treatment in the evening.


Topics Covered in Group Therapy

Group therapy in Massachusetts can cover multiple topics. Some are specific, such as alcoholism or anxiety. Therapy sessions can also drill down on subjects that are universal among all substance use disorders and mental health disorders. They include:

  • Having healthier relationships with partners
  • Developing effective communication with loved ones
  • Distress tolerance
  • Setting and meeting goals
  • Grief and loss
  • Developing social skills

How Can Group Therapy Be Beneficial in Addiction Treatment?

People in recovery from addiction often feel isolated and hesitate to try to talk about what they’re thinking and feeling with others. Group therapy in Massachusetts helps people realize that they are not alone. They can speak openly without shame or fear of judgment. Group therapy allows people to give and receive support from their peers. This can provide fresh perspectives on old problems and an ability to approach the challenges of recovery with a new way of thinking. 

Group therapy also provides the opportunity for people to socialize with each other. This allows them to become more comfortable being around others and elevates their ability to have healthy relationships. 

Find Group Therapy in Massachusetts

Does group therapy sound like the right choice for you? Whether you’re new to it or have tried it before, group therapy in Massachusetts can open you up to a new way of processing challenging emotions, behaviors, and experiences. Lake Avenue Recovery offers group therapy as part of an overall menu of therapy modalities that teach people to rise above their circumstances and walk into a bright, new future.

To find out more about how we can help you rise above addiction and poor mental health and become a more genuine, happy version of you, contact us now. Our friendly admissions team is happy to answer any questions you have. 


Our Therapists

Ashley Maroney, LMHC

As Program Director, Ashley Maroney, MA, LMHC is a client-centered therapist that brings her experience working with substance use in adolescents, adults, and families of all walks of life.

Nicole Maki, LMHC

Nicole brings passion and commitment to her work as Clinical Director. She has experience working in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders through various settings.

Destinee Lucier, LC

As the assistant Clinical Director, Destinee is a client-centered therapist that has a passion for substance abuse treatment. She has experience working with diverse populations and cultures over the years.

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