One of the most comforting realizations for most of our clients is the fact that they are not alone, and that others have shared many of the same feelings and experiences that they have. Male- and female-specific group therapy sessions, led by a licensed therapist, are offered several times per day Monday through Friday. These group sessions provide clients with a safe environment in which to explore tools and techniques relevant to recovery and relapse prevention methods.The chance to recreate situations and difficulties that contributed to their addiction is an invaluable part of the recovery process. These sessions also help clients to build communication skills and foster a sense of community. Group topics vary from session to session, but are all intended to provide the clients with a more thorough understanding of their own addiction, remove the sense of isolation, and give them a better foundation for lasting recovery.
Individual therapy can be targeted at specific topics depending on the needs of the individual client, such as underlying shame and guilt, or grief. Oftentimes substance abuse is co-occurring with other mental or emotional disorders, and it is essential to address these challenges as the client begins to recover. Once the client reaches a level of comfort with their own process, these issues can be brought into group therapy discussions, but one-on-one therapy provides a safe environment in which to begin the healing process. Our therapists help the clients to come up with therapy schedules and treatment plans based on individual needs as they change throughout the recovery process.
These groups are both didactic and interactive. Our counselors educate the clients about the process of relapse. Clients are taught how to identify stress triggers and warning signs, and are given coping skills that will help them to maintain sobriety following their stay in treatment. Stress is the number one reason people relapse. Clients learn how to manage stress by identifying their stress, internal/external triggers, high risk situations, HALT (hungry, angry, lonely, tired) situations, and plan how to manage them. Clients will learn how to “play the tape forward” past the initial euphoria, all the way to the bitter ugly end. They create detailed daily schedules to help them retrain their brains to focus on recovery first. Some examples of our Relapse Process group topics are:
These groups are designed to stimulate the client into thinking about how they will manage to stay sober when they leave treatment. Clients are encouraged to have both a “Plan A” and a “Plan B” for various situations. Prevention is vital, particularly in early recovery. Counselors help clients to develop detailed aftercare plans, and will come up with alternatives to using or drinking. Some examples of our Relapse Prevention group topics are:
These groups give clients tools they will need to “stay stopped” following their stay in treatment. You cannot “wing” recovery. It will not just happen. You must change everything. Clients are taught that addiction recovery may begin with stopping use, but abstinence needs to be paired with creating a new life where it is easier to not use. Skills are practiced, written about, and placed on index cards to remind clients what to do in various situations. It is through repetition that they learn to master these skills. Clients create plans that include aftercare such as sober living, individual therapy for addiction and mental health, intensive outpatient, 90 meetings in 90 days, sponsorship, exercise, nutrition, good sleep habits, relaxation, meditation, etc. Some examples of our Recovery Oriented group topics are: