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Group Therapy Vs. Individual Therapy

Are you considering therapy options for addiction recovery but unsure which type suits you best? Navigating the path to recovery is no small feat, and choosing the right type of therapy can profoundly impact your success. In this blog, we’ll explore the differences between group therapy and individual therapy, the unique benefits of each, and help you decide which is the best fit for your recovery journey at Boardwalk Recovery Center.

Group Therapy: A Collective Journey

Group therapy involves one or more therapists working with several individuals who are facing similar issues. In the context of addiction treatment, this format leverages peer support, which can be incredibly empowering. Here’s why group therapy might be right for you:

  1. Shared Experiences: You’ll find strength in numbers as you share struggles and victories with peers who understand what you’re going through.
  2. Diverse Perspectives: Group members bring a variety of experiences and coping strategies, which can offer new insights and solutions to your challenges.
  3. Cost-Effectiveness: Generally, group therapy is more affordable than individual therapy, providing access to professional guidance without a hefty price tag.

Individual Therapy: Personalized Focus

Individual therapy offers a one-on-one setting with a therapist, allowing for personalized attention. Here’s how individual therapy stands out:

  1. Customized Treatment: Your therapy sessions are tailored specifically to your needs, helping you to address personal challenges directly related to your addiction and any underlying issues.
  2. Privacy and Confidentiality: If privacy is a significant concern, individual therapy provides a confidential space to explore sensitive issues without witnesses.
  3. Intense Focus: With the undivided attention of your therapist, you can dive deeper into personal issues at a pace that feels right for you.

Which Therapy is Best for You?

Choosing between group and individual therapy depends on your personal needs, your recovery stage, and what aspects of therapy you value most. Group therapy could be more beneficial if you’re seeking support from peers and a sense of community. Individual therapy might be the right choice if you need focused, personalized help to work through deeper issues. Many find a combination of both types of therapy to be most effective.

Your Path at Boardwalk Recovery Center

At Boardwalk Recovery Center in San Diego, CA, we offer a range of therapy options within our Intensive Outpatient (IOP), Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), and Structured Living settings. Whether you lean towards the shared experience of group therapy or the tailored approach of individual therapy, our expert team is here to support you on your journey to recovery.

Ready to start your recovery journey? Contact us today to discuss how our therapy options can be tailored to your needs and help you reclaim your life from addiction.


IOP, or Intensive Outpatient Program, allows you to live at home while receiving treatment a few times a week. PHP, or Partial Hospitalization Program, is more intensive and may require you to be at the treatment center for the majority of the day, several days a week.

Group therapy sessions typically occur several times a week, depending on the specific program you are enrolled in. Our team can provide a schedule that fits your recovery needs.

Absolutely. We understand that individual needs can change over time and are committed to adapting our treatment plans to best support your recovery journey.

Our therapists are highly qualified and experienced professionals certified in addiction treatment. They hold various credentials in clinical psychology, therapy, and specialized addiction treatment methods.

Our team is here to help you assess your situation and recommend the best treatment options. Contact us for a personalized consultation to explore how our therapies can benefit your recovery process.


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