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Group Therapy for Addiction and Mental Health Recovery

Group therapy is a therapeutic intervention that helps our clients develop improved communication skills, boundaries, and self-awareness. We utilize the spiritual principles of honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness in all of our group therapy sessions to foster greater levels of intimacy, trust, and authenticity.

Unlike most treatment settings, Burning Tree Ranch employs licensed clinicians to facilitate all therapeutic group settings.

In group therapy, members of the community provide comfort, a sense of belonging, and self-identification to help promote deeper engagement with the therapeutic process.

"The natural propensity of human beings to congregate makes group therapy a powerful therapeutic tool for treating substance abuse, one that is as helpful as individual therapy, and sometimes more successful."

Group Therapy at Burning Tree Ranch

Burning Tree Ranch is a specialty program dedicated to the treatment of chronic addiction and mental health. Our program is long-term, progress-based, and highly intensive.

Using group therapy, our clients explore their feelings in a supportive clinical environment shared with their peers and learn to self-identify with others. This process nurtures deeper bonds with the community and results in the development of an early support network.

As time progresses, our clients find they can take more risk and trust more fully. This journey into courageous living is often a precursor to dynamic self-discovery.

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Creating Personal Accountability Through Group Dynamics

Group therapy is a powerful tool for self-awareness and accountability, which are primary focal points at Burning Tree Ranch. Through group dynamics via peer and staff accountability, our clients develop a deeper understanding of what it means to live by their values. Establishing commitments, setting intentions, and speaking with purpose and clarity are indicators that help the treatment team establish an individual’s progress through treatment.

These interpersonal sessions provide an opportunity to receive and share insights about specific behaviors that do not align with the values espoused by the individual or community. Before long, and with enough accountability, our clients begin to self-identify and self-correct the inconsistencies between their intentions and actions.

From here, they are well on their way to living a life of excellence beyond sobriety.


“Group therapy helps our clients learn how to foster healthy connection and intimacy with others.”

Drew McLaughlin, MA, LCDC, Counselor

Treating Chronic Addiction Through Peer Support in Group Therapy

Group therapy is a valuable component of addiction treatment, providing peer support, reducing feelings of isolation, and promoting accountability. At Burning Tree Ranch, we offer a range of addiction-focused groups, such as relapse prevention, 12-step, and skills development groups, to help individuals build a strong foundation for permanent recovery.

Benefits of Group Therapy in Addiction and Mental Health Recovery

  • Improved Communication Skills: Group therapy helps individuals enhance their communication skills by participating in discussions, expressing thoughts and feelings, and listening to others.
  • Increased Self-Awareness: The group dynamic promotes self-reflection and insight, allowing individuals to gain new perspectives on their behaviors and thought patterns through shared stories and feedback.
  • Accountability and Commitment: The group setting fosters accountability and commitment, with regular attendance and peer support motivating individuals to stay focused on their recovery goals.
  • Coping Strategies: Group therapy offers a platform for learning and practicing new coping strategies. Individuals can share and learn techniques to manage stress, cravings, and challenges.
  • Emotional Support: Group therapy provides invaluable emotional support, offering comfort and empowerment by connecting individuals with others who understand and empathize with their struggles.

Combining Group Therapy with Individual Counseling & Other Approaches

Group therapy is often combined with individual counseling to create a synergistic effect, allowing individuals to explore and reinforce the insights and skills gained in group sessions.

At Burning Tree Ranch, we utilize several additional treatment therapies to help our clients address personal challenges, establish new goals, and further deepen their understanding of themselves and their recovery process.

Taking the Next Step

Incorporating Group Therapy in Long-Term Treatment

Burning Tree addresses co-occurring disorders that may have blocked our clients from achieving recovery in previous, shorter-term treatment episodes.

We do this in an intimate, progress-based, residential long-term treatment setting that integrates world-class clinical interventions with useful, esteem-building life skills. Our clients may undergo advanced psychological screenings, clinical evaluations, and medical assessments to determine the best, most tailored treatment plans when the need is indicated.

For someone struggling with chronic relapse, less therapy and less treatment are not the answer. Chronic relapsers need a community that encourages accountability, proper therapy, and a design for living fully. If you want to learn more about Burning Tree Ranch’s authentic, long-term approach, call our admissions team to learn more.