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Group proposal project: Support group for alcoholic young adults Ashley Lanier Liberty University Introduction and Rationale Type of group The group is a group for young adults struggling with addictions to alcohol. The location of this group will be near Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC. With a major portion of the population being military it is obvious after looking at statistics that individuals who are in the military are at a higher risk to abuse alcohol and the majority of them are young adults. Reason and need for group A report done in January of 2012 found that 43 % of active duty soldiers had a history of binge drinking a month before. Among these soldiers 67 % of them were between 17 and 25 years old (Hlad, …show more content…

It is not uncommon for addicts to feel shame for their addiction and as result they become separated from God. Bringing prayer into the support group can help bring the members closer to God (Lietz & Hodge, 2013). “Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear” (Isaiah 59:1-2). Theory Goals The theory that will be used in the group is Rational Emotive Behavioral Theory (REBT). With this theory the counselor identifies faulty feelings. “This theory believes that thoughts cause feelings” (Jacobs et al. 1988). In REBT there is an ABC model, A- is the event, B- is self-talk, and C- is the feeling. The goal of this theory would be to identify the member’s irrational thoughts and help replace them with rational thoughts (Gladding, 2008). Process and exercises REBT groups normally meet weekly and are either close ended, problem solving, and open ended groups. With open-ended groups the members go over problems that they are having and help the members formulate solutions. There are normally about 12 members in a REBT therapy group. With smaller groups the members can effectively listen to one another and provide feedback. REBT can be used in psych educational groups in numbers as high as 100

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