People recovering from mental health or mental illness have a variety of choices when they are choosing a counselor or other treatment method. Quite understandably, the road to recovery can be a very personal and emotional experience. The benefits of self help groups can be a positive influence in the quest for the appropriate treatment. Although the thought of sharing with one therapist or counselor might be a little less intimidating initially and a group setting may feel more daunting than the one-on-one atmosphere with a counselor, self-help groups provide the flexibility to fully discuss and understand their disease. It is important to remember that being able to share information with a group is an important step in the recovery process.