Group therapy is often defined by stereotypes taken from television programmes, especially in the US, depicting recovering alcoholics starting the process by stating “My name is… I am an alcoholic”. This is often heralded by the rest of the group as the starting point of recovery and a round of applause and copious amounts of empathetic back slapping follow as the addict starts his journey. You can find therapy for all kinds of addiction in an age where there are many more things to be addicted to. Social media has driven generally a rise in such addictions as pornography and sex, even a love addiction exists and, of course, screen time is also seen as an addiction if it gets out of hand. All wonderful concepts and people will always find help for their issues, however obscure.
Group therapy has been practiced skillfully by therapists to great effect for many years. Irving Yalom, psychotherapist and author writes fondly about the joys of group therapy for terminally ill people in a cancer hospice, in “Staring At The Sun”, his masterpiece book about death anxiety. He said that he learned more about human nature in that group than years spent doing individual sessions. He, at one time, also said: