The University of Arizona

Treatment Modalities and Treatment Settings for Illicit Drug Abuse
Psychosocial Treatment:
Group Therapy

Group therapy is often considered a valuable component of any treatment regiment for multiple reasons:[1]

  • It enables the therapist’s time to be used efficiently
  • Individuals with substance use disorders can interact with others in the same predicament and seek comfort and understanding
  • Some patients may be further along than others, allowing them to provide support and become models
  • It creates a social network
  • It provides a strong initiative for patients not to relapse



  • (1) American Psychiatric Association. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Substance Use Disorders. Arlington, VA: APA; 2007 Apr. Report No.: 164.