Support Groups As Non-Conventional Medicine

There has been a movement among some conventional practitioners to advocate for self-help and support groups. Linda Kurtz's book, "Support Groups and Self-Help," has been seen as a guide for those in the medical community who want to add support groups to there specialty. She states that, "The self help and support group phenomenon reminds of the importance of groups in meeting human needs. Self help and support groups occupy an important place among a wide array of types of groups, such as psychotherapy groups, educational/didactic groups, focus group therapies, social and recreational groups, and task groups of all kinds. Students and practitioners in human services need to know about the dynamics of such groups and how to use them."

As human beings we are animals. Wild dogs, deer, and most mammals need to be in a pack or herd for the mutual benefit of all. Animals group for protection, warmth, or just a sense of well being. Why then does the medical community not see the benefits of groups for support? The mind is a wonderful machine that is capable of running both voluntary and involuntary body systems. Why is it so ignored by conventional medicine? For the medical community to change, especially the medical community in the United States, support groups has to be recognized across all medical fields, as apart of the healing process. Mind, body, and spirit has to be taught in medical schools and practicing medical personal should be retrained to include support groups in their treatment for all diseases, disorders, or illness.

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