ADDICTION COUNSELING
IN MILWAUKEE, WI

Building a Foundation for Recovery in Family & Group Therapy

Milwaukee Group & Family Counseling Overview

Your path to recovery from addiction may be difficult at times, but at Roots Recovery, we make sure that you never have to face your journey alone. Like most challenges in life, rehabilitation is more manageable when you have a reliable support network at your back, whether they’re friends, family, or both. During family and group counseling at Roots Recovery, we help our clients gain understanding, develop recovery skills, and build the bonds they need to successfully live sober lives.

Our Approach to
Group Addiction Counseling

Throughout every stage of outpatient addiction treatment at Roots Recovery, our clients participate in group counseling. We believe this ongoing communal therapy is essential for clients to learn and practice recovery skills, as well as continue to build a strong support network with their peers. Each of these sessions is led by one of our licensed substance abuse counselors, who foster conversation and teach the group relevant and valuable coping mechanisms.

Group Therapy Models for Addiction Recovery

Behavioral Group Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy

  • Addressing negative thoughts and emotions
  • Stress management and coping
  • Overcoming traumatic life events
  • Self-awareness and self-acceptance
  • Finding resolution in damaged relationships
Group Therapy

Psychoeducational Group Therapy

  • Understanding your addiction
  • Medical, behavioral & psychological consequences
  • Focused on relapse prevention
  • Avoiding triggers and tempting situations
  • How to cope with stressors
Living Skills Training

Independent Living Skills

  • Learning the value of structure
  • Maintaining a daily schedule
  • Professional, career-oriented, financial
  • Personal care, hygiene, health & nutrition
  • Positive social interactions & environments
12 Step Principle

12-Step Principled Groups

  • Turning to a higher power, finding purpose
  • Healing and making amends
  • Being of service, helping others in recovery
  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Fellowship, support, sponsorship
Group Process

Process Groups

  • Developing interpersonal relationships
  • Learning how to communicate with others
  • Self-reflecting, being open and honest
  • Learning from others and discussing challenges
  • Setting goals and holding yourself accountable

Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy

  • Addressing negative thoughts and emotions
  • Stress management and coping
  • Overcoming traumatic life events
  • Self-awareness and self-acceptance
  • Finding resolution in damaged relationships

12-Step Principled Groups

  • Turning to a higher power, finding purpose
  • Healing and making amends
  • Being of service, helping others in recovery
  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Fellowship, support, sponsorship

Independent Living Skills

  • Learning the value of structure
  • Maintaining a daily schedule
  • Professional, career-oriented, financial
  • Personal care, hygiene, health & nutrition
  • Positive social interactions & environments

Psychoeducational Group Therapy

  • Understanding your addiction
  • Medical, behavioral & psychological consequences
  • Focused on relapse prevention
  • Avoiding triggers and tempting situations
  • How to cope with stressors

Process Groups

  • Developing interpersonal relationships
  • Learning how to communicate with others
  • Self-reflecting, being open and honest
  • Learning from others and discussing challenges
  • Setting goals and holding yourself accountable

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The Benefits of Group Counseling

Greater Understanding

It’s common for those suffering from addiction to feel isolated, but during group therapy, they work with others facing similar struggles and are reminded that they’re not alone. Those in group therapy grow to understand one another through their shared experiences.

These group therapy sessions are also an opportunity to develop empathy, compassion, and acceptance. Those that suffer from a substance use disorder can sometimes close themselves off from the world. During group therapy, clients are asked to open their minds and look at the world, and others, with new perspectives. This process often helps our clients to better understand their own situations and learn how to move forward with a more positive outlook on life.

Strengthening Recovery Skills

Every therapy at Roots Recovery is designed to help our clients acquire the tools they need to live sober lives. During group addiction therapy, our experienced substance abuse counselors teach our clients a range of coping mechanisms, which can be used to manage stressful situations and suppress triggers for substance use. Clients then practice these skills with one another during group and partner work to experiment with what methods work best for them.

At Roots Recovery, we not only teach our clients how to cope with negative situations, we teach them how to avoid them all together. Our group therapy sessions focus on discussing how clients can cut out the people in their life that were negative influences, as well as the settings that may trigger the use of alcohol or drugs.

Strong Support Networks

Those in group therapy offer each other kindness and perspective as they share the struggles and triumphs they face on their recovery journey, forming not only a lasting support network, but often lasting friendships. These bonds also result in greater accountability, because the choices our clients make can impact the entire group. Clients begin to understand that their actions affect others, and that they must act responsibly, or they may risk hurting those who care about them.

Group therapy is also the perfect setting to inspire hope for all clients, and while each individual is faced with their own unique challenges in recovery, there’s no question how motivating it is when they see their fellow peers have success.

Our Approach to Family
Addiction Counseling

At Roots Recovery, we offer family addiction counseling to any clients and their families that are interested in participating in therapy with their loved ones. These sessions are safe spaces where the client and their family can speak openly about their experiences with addiction with one of our licensed addiction therapists. We will only schedule family therapy sessions when both the visiting family or friends and the client are ready to meet.

The Benefits of Family Counseling

Fostering Understanding & Making Amends

During a family counseling session, one of our substance abuse counselors will guide our client and their family through conversations that discuss each person’s relationship with addiction. These meetings can be highly educational for both loved ones who don’t understand the client’s struggles with addiction, as well as for clients who may not realize the impact that their addiction has made on the lives of their family members. Both sides will have the chance to learn from the other, fostering understanding between clients and their loved ones.

Family counseling at Roots Recovery is also an opportunity for our clients to make amends and take actions to repair the relationships that were damaged during their substance use. Although clients cannot control how their loved ones will react or whether they will forgive, this is an important part of the recovery process because it gives clients a chance to let go of shame, which can often fuel their addiction.

Improving Communication & Setting Boundaries

These family counseling sessions are also opportunities for families to learn how to more openly communicate with one another. Each person will have an opportunity to discuss what they need from each other to heal, asking for anything from more space to more support. We’ll also teach participants how to better communicate their thoughts, feelings, and needs outside of therapy, so that they can approach these subjects in more productive and healthier ways in the future.

An important topic that we discuss during family therapy is setting boundaries, which are both physical and psychological. We talk about how “boundaries” are really only “expectations” until they are properly communicated, and we also discuss the importance of making sure boundaries are kept constant. For many family members, our goal is to help them learn how to keep their loved ones close enough to show them that they care, but at a far enough distance to ensure they or their loved one doesn’t get hurt.

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Healing Through Substance Abuse Counseling
at Roots Recovery

We integrate group and family therapy into our outpatient addiction treatment programs at Roots Recovery because we’ve seen firsthand how it can help people heal the damage that addiction has caused. Addiction never truly affects just one person, and in order to properly heal, it’s important to have the support of others who can help you learn and grow — especially others you can count on during your continued recovery journey. With group and family counseling, we don’t just explore those networks, we strengthen them.