Relearning Healthy Relationships and Coping Skills as Part of Group Therapy

Addiction and co-occurring disorders can cause pain and wreckage in one’s life, as evidenced by fractured and sometimes broken relationships. The accompanying complications of addiction lead to isolation and a distorted perception of oneself and life in general.

Our group therapy options are designed to provide recovery support for individuals to relearn healthy relationship and coping skills that may have been suppressed or lost while their disease was controlling them.

Building connections with peers who may be experiencing or have experienced similar situations, feelings, and reactions will help to combat loneliness and aid recovery. Cultivating meaningful interactions and dispelling feelings of “I’m the only one” are added benefits of group therapy. For these reasons, mutual aid groups are a critical part of the recovery process.

Here we have compiled a list of group therapies. Each therapy has a specific set of issues it is designed to treat. Here we’ll go through a quick description of what you can expect attending each one.

Group therapies include:


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Twice a Week

CBT stands for cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT believes that we can tie our behaviors to the quality of our thoughts. Therapists trained in CBT help us work through thoughts that are destructive rather than constructive. Through CBT, we learn to think more constructively, which in turn leads to healthier behaviors. The results around CBT support groups for treating depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder are strong, demonstrating that it is a powerful form of recovery support. For more on CBT as group therapy at Olympia House, please click here.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Twice a Week

DBT stands for dialectical behavior therapy. Dialectical means integrating two different things. In this therapy, patients are encouraged to focus on integrating both change and acceptance. They are encouraged to accept their emotions during crises while still learning to take preventative measures for mental health. Dialectical behavioral therapy incorporated in support groups for treating depression have demonstrated excellent results. Similarly, it is often recommended for substance use disorder sufferers with co-occurring bipolar disorders. It is often additionally recommended for patients suffering from borderline personality disorder. For more on DBT as group therapy at Olympia House, please click here.

Relapse Prevention Therapy Five Times a Week

Relapse prevention therapy is designed to help our clients understand what triggers relapse, how to cope with triggers, and how to maximize an environment for maintaining sobriety. Having a relapse prevention therapy support group is shown to have clear results for preventing relapse and is, therefore, a critical part of recovery support. For more on relapse prevention as group therapy at Olympia House, please click here.

Process Group in the Morning and Evening Seven Days a Week

A process group is a mutual aid group in essence. It focuses on sharing stories, relating to other recoverer’s emotions, and providing emotional support. Process groups provide intention in the morning and reflection in the evening. They provide both critical structures as well as recovery support.

Yoga / Qigong Five Days a Week

Yoga and qigong are not only relaxing individual exercises, but they are also powerful as mutual aid groups. Our clients can learn about their bodies, strengthen mindfulness skills, and have fun relaxing and making friends all at the same time. To read more about yoga and qigong as group therapy at Olympia House, please click here.

Anger Management Twice a Week

Learning to tame anger as part of a mutual aid group is powerful. A lot of issues that may have left sufferers feeling ashamed and alone can come to light as common issues. Together, substance use disorder recoverers can learn how their anger contributes to their addiction. Then, they can learn healthier coping skills like becoming curious about the source of the anger, communication, and practicing relaxation techniques. To read more about anger management as part of group therapy at Olympia House, please click here.

Peer Support Groups Eight Times a Week

Involvement in a peer support group is an important component to long-term recovery. At Olympia House, we offer a variety of peer support groups so that individuals may choose the group that they most identify with and are most likely to continue after discharge. Olympia House offers AA, NA, LifeRing, Refuge Recovery and Smart Recovery groups throughout the week.

Life Story Twice a Week

Life story work is designed to help those recovering from addiction understand the feelings of their past and present. Once these feelings are fully processed, we can notice when they return. As a mutual aid group, this approach also encourages sharing one’s story. This not only helps with the isolation around addiction but may give others in the group hope, role models, and relief.

Olympia House emphasizes an individualized approach. Though the above are some of the most effective therapies for treating addiction, they may not be the most effective for you. We offer a variety of fun and thorough alternatives that are not usually part of a rehab’s services. These alternative weekly groups include:

Who knew rehab could be fun as well as helpful? Get help, share stories, and even make lifelong friends as part of Olympia House’s healing community. Call us today at (888) 795-1965.