If you have been battling addiction for a while and have finally made that first step towards getting help, congratulations! However, even though you have committed to rehab, you still may be nervous and have questions about what is to come. If you have never been in rehab before, it’s only natural you might feel some anxiety and nervousness about the experience.
People seem to be particularly nervous about group therapy. Sitting down with strangers and talking about the darkest, most shameful moments of your life? What normal person wants to do that? The short answer: No one. No one feels comfortable doing that. However, group therapy isn’t all about sitting down and rehashing your life’s lowest points. There are many different topics of discussion that come up during group therapy. Hopefully knowing some of them beforehand will help set your mind at ease.
Common Topics of Discussion During Group Therapy
“Tell us about when you hit rock bottom.” This is the one question we all know we’re going to be asked, yet we all hope we won’t be. This question is first on the list so we can get it out of the way. Yes, you’re going to be asked about your “rock bottom” moment, but don’t let it scare you. Just remember, every person there has hit their rock bottom moment, too. Every person there is going through the same panic, shame and turmoil you are going through when it is their turn to answer that question. Try to see it as a cathartic experience. Tell your story; commiserate with the others; then put it behind you.
The second question often asked is, “Why are you trying to get clean?” This is an incredibly important question for you to answer both to your therapist and for yourself. It is important to know why you’re fighting this battle. It’s important for you to have an end goal in mind. Other common questions asked during group therapy include:
- What types of drugs/alcohol were you using?
- How long have you been an addict?
- Have you ever sought help or treatment before?
- What do you envision for your future after rehab?
- What are your fears about returning to the world after rehab?
These are only a few of the questions that may come up during a typical group therapy session. The most important thing to remember is, to be honest with yourself, and though it’s hard, try not to be uncomfortable or self-conscious. None of us are perfect, and everyone is there for a reason. Everyone has a past. Think of your group therapy session as a way of accepting your past and then putting it where it belongs – behind you. Remember, today truly is the first day of the rest of your life. It’s time to start moving forward and leave your addiction behind. Contact one of our counselors at 800-411-8019.