Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00pm - 7:00pm and Saturdays from 11:30am - 12:30pm
Behavioral approaches help engage people in substance abuse treatment, provide incentives for them to remain abstinent, modify their attitudes and behaviors related to substance abuse, and increase their life skills to handle stressful circumstances and environmental cues that may trigger intense cravings for alcohol and prompt another cycle of compulsive abuse.
Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Domestic abusers will benefit from domestic abuse therapy by learning how to recognize triggers, manage anger, and stop blaming others for their shortcomings and behavior. Certain types of therapy can help abusers investigate childhood events and situations that contributed to their violent behavior as adults.
Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
6pm-7pm is our Drug and Alcohol group, whereas 7pm-8pm is our Domestic Violence group. Staying for two hours allows our Dual Focus clients to have both facets of their treatment addressed.
Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
A widely used evidence-based style of therapy that operates on the idea that negative behaviors are learned and reinforced over time. To change these behaviors, the individual must work to modify the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that contribute to substance use, drug use, theft, etc.
Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
6 weeks: twice a week, or
12 weeks: once a week
In individual and group therapy sessions, clients work through the underlying issues that have contributed to drug and alcohol abuse relapse. By learning how these challenges may have driven them to cope through unhealthy means, clients can be made aware of these triggers, and when they arise, draw on healthy coping skills instead.
Meets for three group therapy each week.
This is a group therapy course for those who are currently experiencing problems related to substance abuse and are having difficulty discontinuing use, experiencing problems at work, home, or school due to substance abuse. We accept court referrals in addition to individuals who would simply like guidance and help in navigating the perils of early recovery.
Groups provide positive peer support and pressure to abstain from substances of abuse. Unlike AA, and, to some degree, substance abuse treatment program participation, group therapy, from the very beginning, elicits a commitment by all the group members to attend and to recognize that failure to attend, to be on time, and to treat group time as special disappoints the group and reduces its effectiveness. Therefore, both peer support and pressure for abstinence are strong.
Groups reduce the sense of isolation that most people who have substance abuse disorders experience. At the same time, groups can enable participants to identify with others who are struggling with the same issues. Although AA and treatment groups of all types provide these opportunities for sharing, for some people the more deliberate nature of participation in process group therapy increases their feelings of security and enhances their ability to share openly.
Groups enable people who abuse substances to witness the recovery of others. From this inspiration, people who are addicted to substances gain hope that they, too, can maintain abstinence. Furthermore, an interpersonal process group, which is of long duration, allows a magnified witnessing of both the changes related to recovery as well as group members’ intra‐ and interpersonal changes.
Groups help members learn to cope with their problems by allowing them to see how others deal with similar problems. Groups can accentuate this process and extend it to include changes in how group members relate to bosses, parents, spouses, siblings, children, and people in general.
Groups can provide useful information to clients who are new to recovery. For example, clients can learn how to avoid certain triggers for use, the importance of abstinence as a priority, and how to self‐identify as a person recovering from substance abuse. Group experiences can help deepen these insights.
Groups provide feedback concerning the values and abilities of other group members. This information helps members improve their conceptions of self or modify faulty, distorted conceptions. In terms of process groups in particular, as specific themes emerge in a client’s group experience, repetitive feedback from multiple group members and the therapist can chip away at those faulty or distorted conceptions in slightly different ways.
Groups encourage, coach, support, and reinforce as members undertake difficult or anxiety‐provoking tasks.
Groups offer members the opportunity to learn or relearn the social skills they need to cope with everyday life instead of resorting to substance abuse. Group members can learn by observing others, being coached by others, and practicing skills in a safe and supportive environment.
Groups allow a single treatment professional to help a number of clients at the same time. In addition, as a group develops, each group member eventually becomes acculturated to group norms and can act as a quasi‐therapist himself, thereby ratifying and extending the treatment influence of the group leader.
Groups can add needed structure and discipline to the lives of people with substance use and domestic violence disorders, who often enter treatment with their lives in chaos. Therapy groups can establish limitations and consequences, which can help members learn to clarify what is their responsibility and what is not.
Groups instill hope, a sense that “If he can make it, so can I.” Process groups can expand this hope to dealing with the full range of what people encounter in life, overcome, or cope with.
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