Individuals facilitating substance abuse groups can engage participants in activities such as listening to lectures, videos and audio from people who have coped with addictions or lead discussions that focus on self-awareness, growth and change, explains the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Group discussions can also focus on ways to avoid triggers that lead to drug or alcohol use and suggestions for controlling urges, manage anger or solve problems.
Members of a substance abuse group can also work to utilize skills to ward off urges to abuse substances by practicing scenarios that trigger use with members of the group and practice using encouraging phrases to positively reinforce behavior during group sessions, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. A session on effective relaxation techniques also gives group members effective tools to use when faced with temptation.
Substance abuse group sessions are often aimed at empowering members by teaching leadership skills, explains the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Group members who are passive and nonassertive can learn strategies to stand up for themselves, resist urges and engage in skill-based activities such as crafting, exercising or writing in journals to deter their temptations.