It is hard for alcoholics to accept what they are and go for counselling, but when there are several alcoholics getting group counselling, it can be much easier for them to open up and allow themselves to be helped.
Firstly, when people are counselled together, they realize that they are not alone in their situations and that there really are other people going through very similar circumstances. This makes it easier for them to share their experiences which in turn can make it easier for them to be helped.
Another benefit would be that each individual can learn from each other. They can give each other tips on how they have been coping or simply just support each other. They could even plan to try different things together. Also, by sharing their experiences, each person could realize that similar things have been happening in their own lives and begin to see it in a different way.
One of the most important benefits is that they can become friends. Even after their struggles, if the people stay friends, they are probably more likely to succeed but if not, they will still have someone to talk to, who truly understands what they are going through.
Group counselling can also allow each member to be able to try harder to achieve their goal, because none of them will want to be the one that failed. This works similarly to peer pressure and despite it sounding petty and silly, it is actually very effective. However, this also means that the one who does not do as well as the others, will be able to compare what happened and see where they went wrong so that they can try again.
Finally, by having group counselling, each person will find what they have to do much simpler, when they see how other people have managed to do it. This can help to strengthen the bonds within the group as well as each person’s individual will and their confidence in their own success.
Overall, there are a wide variety of benefits to group counselling for alcoholics and so, if you are looking for help, perhaps you should try it. Of course, different solutions work better for different people and this type of counselling would obviously work better for people who like to be around other people, or maybe people who do not have the confidence to go on their own.