Effective Communication – Most people in early recovery have a hard time communicating appropriately. In effective communications group, we begin to explore CBT based techniques, such as distorted thinking, assertive communication and family styles of communicating, in order to better understand their history of communication styles. We begin to understand patterns and new ways of communicating our feelings, in order decrease chance of relapse.
Family Systems – In family systems group, clients begin to understand the following: 1. What their family system looks like. 2. Their role in the family system as the (IP), Identified Patient, and how the system keeps them stuck in this role. 3. What happens when the IP starts to make progress (patterns, need for family therapy). 4. Differentiating from the family system, (if needed), and how to find a new identity. Also, exploration into the following: Genograms, timeline, and other techniques to better understand the our family history of drug/alcohol use, and enabling behavior by the family.
Relapse Prevention – This group uses both Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral based techniques to help clients understand the following: 1. Identifying emotional and environmental triggers. 2. Practicing Thought Stopping. 3. Learning new coping skills to deal with emotional triggers. 4. Identifying negative consequences of use, and motivation to stay sober.
Early Recovery – This group uses both Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral based techniques to help understand the following: 1. Problem solving techniques to decrease relapse. 2. Change Plan, and exploring changes that the client wants to make and steps to make the change happen. 3. Learning to identify beliefs and values, to assist with motivation. 4. Building a balanced life, which includes family/sober friends, recovery, work, and new coping skills.
Addiction and the Brain – This group focuses on helping to understand how addiction is a medical issue. Individual’s receive psychoeducation on how drugs and alcohol change the wiring and chemistry of your body and brain. Clients begin to learn more about mental health issues and physical symptoms caused by their addiction. Psychoeducation on specific disorders such as: depression, anxiety, and psychosis are also explored.