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Which is more important, group meetings or individual counseling?
January 16, 2011
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I struggled for a while in college with some drug use, and I went to an individual counselor to try to get better. She was always trying to get me to go to group meetings too, but I resisted because I didn't feel comfortable talking in front of a lot of people. The individual treatment helped, but I wonder if I missed out on something by not trying the group meetings.

January 17, 2011
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It actually depends on the addict.  Some people respond well to group meetings, while others respond well to one-on-one counseling.

January 17, 2011
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Yes to what Alvin said - it might also be that you use both. Some people may prefer to start in a group and then have more intense one-to-one. Others, like yourself who don't feel comfortable going into a group may do well to start with one-to-one work then benefit from sharing what you learn about yourself in those sessions with other people who have gone through similar experiences to yourself.

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January 21, 2011
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Thanks for the responses. Like Alvin said, I always figured I just did better with one-on-one counseling. Looking back, I think using both would have been better. Sharing with others who have similar problems sounds like it could be beneficial.

January 22, 2011
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I think it depends on the person. Not everyone feels comfortable talking in groups, especially at first. Someone might try doing individual counseling then gradually easing into the group thing.

January 24, 2011
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I would totally be better off with individual counseling. I couldn't do group to save my life. If I had a problem that big, it would have to be individual. But like other's suggested it really depends upon the person.

August 29, 2011
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For me it's nice to be in a group counseling than in individual counseling, because you will learn too from others experiences when you hear their situations. But it still depends on addict if he wants to a group or individual counseling.

June 6, 2012
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Advantages of Individual Counseling:

  • First, it allows the counselor to work in isolated issues.
  • Second, the counselor caters only to one client.
  • Third, the information gathered is easier for the counselor to figure out and to be able to apply which treatment approach is most useful to the
    client and target behavior that needs improvement.
  • The client’s thoughts and behaviors may not be distorted compared with group counseling as several pattern of thoughts and behaviors from other group members in making choices and decision making.
  • The client has the power to change his life for the better based on the choices he make.
  • In addition to this, he can control his behavior and that the level of commitment and how hard he is willing to work will dictate how
    successful he will be in developing new behaviors that clearly communicate his needs in accordance with William Glasser’s Reality

    Therapy.

Disadvantages of Individual Counseling:

  • The disadvantages of an individual therapy include the client’s choice is solely from him.
  • The client may not able to generate ideas from other members' pattern of thoughts and behaviors just like in a group setting especially if others
    have similar issues and experiences which could help him make better choices and decision making.

Advantages of Group Counseling:

  • Group counseling is better than individual counseling when it comes to developing new behaviors that clearly communicate their needs
    and help in attaining fulfillment in the reality. Group therapy considers the key elements of what the group are looking for and what

    will make their life better, what the group will do to bring about what they want and how they are able to make alternative options and come up with common plan.

  • Group counseling also provides members with the opportunities to learn with and from other people and to be able to understand own patterns of thoughts and behaviors, as well as those of others. Other people may see attitudes and behavior patterns that are limiting and difficult to see in self.
  • A group is an opportunity to receive genuine support, honest feedback, and useful alternatives from peers. It also enables members to experiment and work towards improved attitudes and ways of coping with stress. A group may also help individuals with relationship concerns and general difficulties in dealing with other people.

Disadvantages of Group Counseling:

  • too such as reflecting too many feelings and listening to far too many long stories;
  • insufficient group member movement and involvement ;
  • not using creative techniques to get and hold the attention of the group members;
  • not supporting techniques with theory and focusing the group sessions insufficiently.

Given the above advantages and disadvantages for individual or group format, it is up to the patient which one serves him or her best.

November 15, 2012
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Well I think both of them are good at their effectiveness and a mix and match could give out great result. I have had been to a drug rehab center and we had individual counselling and weekly family group meetings and a diet system support. 

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April 21, 2013
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CAN SOMEONE HELP ME FIND A ONE ON ONE THERAPIST FOR MY HUSBAND AS TO THE METH REHAB I ONLY HAVE MEDICAL AS A PLAN OF PAYMENT BUT REALLY NEED EMERGENCY HELP FOR HIM. CAN TAKE IT ANYMORE THIS LIFE OF 18 YRS. IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE FROM WHERE IT STARTED...WE COULD OF HAVE A WONDERFUL LIKE, AT LEAST THATS WHAT MY GUTTS REPEATEATLY DREAM.

April 23, 2013
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[email protected],

 

I recommend that you call 1-800-521-7128
to speak with a drug addiction counselor, who may be able to refer you to some
great treatment options.

April 24, 2013
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Hi tommy45, this post is the
answer to your question:

I have experienced sessions of both individual and group counseling.

First let me tell you about group counseling:

If the group counseling has better involvement of the group and
scope for active participation from each and every member then it is the best
form of counseling, where you can discuss and find out ways to avoid different
type of possible drug abuse and discuss with your counterparts of ways to
refraining from drugs and their effects.

BUT if the group counseling is poorly managed(which happens for
most of the cases) it may prove to be detrimental as it creates a bonding and
forming of groups between the people who have been admitted counseling
forcefully(which proves to be more harmful) or against their will.

 

About individual counseling:

It proves to be the better form for introvert types of people and
normal type of people, as there is a one to one discussion of problems and
better recommendation and therapy.

Please do reply.

thanks.

May 17, 2013
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I think more importantl than anything regardless of what you try, you have to truly want the help otherwise it won't work

May 20, 2013
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I think it depends on the person’s mood.  Some advantage in individual counseling and
some in group counseling also. See the major difference in both: - Individual
counseling allows the counselor to work in isolated issues and counselor caters
only to one client.  Group counseling comes
to developing new behaviors that clearly communicate their needs and help in
attaining fulfillment in the reality.

May 21, 2013
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I agree with Tammy.  Nothing can help a person with their troubles unless they are ready & willing to make changes in their life.  How & with whom they seek treatment is really a personal choice.  Some people need both individual & group therapy, others thrive in one on one sessions.  Some go away for help like rehab or a long type of retreat.  For some people with financial limitations, they may benefit from many approaches but are confined to their budget.  No matter your level of earning, help is available if you are ready to receive it.

 

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May 21, 2013
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In my opinion "Individual Counseling" is more important than group meetings. As in group meetings you have to discuss and speak in front of many members, and most of the time others will try to dominate you. You can't speak loudly and get a least chance to make your point in front of others. Whereas in one-on-one counseling, you have a full focus on the counseller and vice-versa. You can make your point clear and to the point, speak up your thoughts without any hesitation and to get the full attention of the counselures sessions, he/she is taking. It's much more helpful in all the ways.

May 21, 2013
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Meredith you are probably right.  But you can go to support groups for under $10.00 and even if you don't get to talk, you can certainly listen.  Sometimes just knowing that others have the exact same problems as you, makes you feel a little bit better in my opinion.  Not everyone can afford to go and see a counsellor of their choice.  Not all services available to people are available to people who do not earn alot of money or have a company that is wealthy enough to help them pay for it.  Everyone needs to live within their means & respecting their responsibilities.  But hey, that is just my opinion.

 

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July 16, 2013
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I agree with Alvin & few others too, well its upto you to decide which is favourable to you, some like individual conseling & some like group. So need to be purturbed with small things, if you are happy with the counseling then you can even venture out in group conseling too.

July 16, 2013
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I think a group conseling will really work. Besides sharing information on a group is better since you can get ideas and reactions from other people.

September 12, 2013
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Great description by admin with all the pros and cons mentioned that too in such a vivid manner.
I wouls say that sometimes people do away with disclosing their habits in public to the addiction counsellors. People do want to tell but some way or the other they try to maintain privacy with the outer world and also to people who they don't know much about. Indivisual Drug Counselling is something that people are more comfortable with. Private rehab centers are that's why more preerrable as people want to get the makeover done away from the world from which they are already in and make there way to new world. So, I would say that Private rehab centers are still the most preferred choice.

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It depends on the individuals preference.

December 4, 2013
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I think that it does not matter it is a group counselling or individual counselling. Both are beneficial for you. Don't get double minded both are good for you choose any one.

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It depends on the addict where he/she is comfortable. Whether on individual meetings or group session 🙂

 

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Tommy45 said:

I struggled for a while in college with some drug use, and I went to an individual counselor to try to get better. She was always trying to get me to go to group meetings too, but I resisted because I didn't feel comfortable talking in front of a lot of people. The individual treatment helped, but I wonder if I missed out on something by not trying the group meetings.


I think group meeting is good only when you are good at interactions with other people within the group. While your counselor wants you to act within a group discussion or meeting, I think you need to do it individually until you start thinking you are able to do it in a group. Also, there is hardly any missing opportunity. Don't worry about that right now.
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