Group Counseling

Currently Offered Groups include:

  • Substance Abuse groups: Will vary slightly depending on the group facilitator but will follow a curriculum that includes interventions based on the stages of change for Substance Abuse treatment as described by DiClimenti.  We use Gorski’s approach to relapse prevention, and a variety of Cognitive Behavioral interventions, some defined in the Community Reinforcement Approach, as well as creating a group atmosphere which is supportive and encouraging. There will be as many groups as we need to accommodate the participant base.  These groups will be membership based but new members may join when there is a graduation. Group topics will rotate every twelve weeks so new participants will be exposed to a full range of topics.
  • Women’s Recovery Group: This program integrates the theories of women’s psychological development, trauma, and addiction treatment in an approach specifically designed to meet the needs of chemically dependent women. The twenty four week program is organized into four topics: self, relationships, sexuality, and spirituality. This group offers a comprehensive program covering topics that women in treatment have identified as necessary for growth and healing or as issues that trigger relapse.
  • Peer Support Group: The leader of this group will be a participant, recommended by his/her counselor and submitted to administration.  This participant will be sponsored to receive training to be a peer support specialist and will be considered part of our contingency program. The participant will receive a small stipend for her/his services.

New Group Counseling starting as the demand increases include:

  • Adolescent Group: This  membership group will be held in two sections, one on Monday, Wednesday,  and the other on Tuesday, Thursday, for the younger opioid dependent participants. Skills for living that are designed around eight different areas that are common stumbling blocks for the younger group of participants.  Some of the topics to be covered are dealing with divorce, making and keeping friends, communication, developing self-esteem, stress management skills, anger management, coping with school problems, success, and grief/loss.
  • Stress Management Group Counseling: Will include a variety of alternative methods of dealing with stress; an introduction to mindfulness, meditation, Acu-detox and Kundalini yoga practices. This group functions as an adjunct to the basic therapeutic elements of counseling, education, family involvement, mutual support group involvement, and supportive health care of general nature.  Among benefits reported from this type of group are: improved program retention, a more optimistic and cooperative attitude toward the process of recovery, improved ability to focus and work on underlying issues contributing to the addictive behavior, as well as reductions in cravings, anxiety, sleep disturbance and need for pharmaceuticals.
  • Family Group Counseling: Follows the Community Reinforcement Family Treatment model (CRAFT), group therapy modality. The CRAFT program may help. CRAFT – Community Reinforcement and Family Training – teaches the use of healthy rewards to encourage positive behaviors. Plus, it focuses on helping both the substance user and the family. The goals of this group are to teach family members how to encourage your substance user to reduce use and make serious changes. The other goal is to help you enhance your own quality of life. This non-confrontational approach teaches you how to figure out the best times and strategies to make small but powerful changes. And it will show you how to do so in a fashion that reduces relationship conflict.

Ministers from the local community, Kundalini Yoga, Acu-detox and Tai Chi providers, are available on staff and on call. We can help you add that special touch to your recovery!