The individual participant is responsible for welfare of self. If the group is overwhelming, it is the individual’s responsibility to seek outside treatment.
Participants can expect information, coping strategies and peer support in a warm, non-judgmental environment.
The focus is more on meeting the general needs of the group around a common theme (e.g. binge eating).
The facilitator’s role in a support group is to maintain the safety of group members, assist them to give and receive support to each other and to draw attention to commonalities in group members’ experiences.
Support groups complement or supplement existing outpatient and hospital-based programs.
Groups serve as a place where gains made in treatment can be consolidated and maintained through peer support and by providing information.
Support groups can encourage treatment where needed, and can act as a first step towards treatment.