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Group Counseling

Group Services provide a confidential, safe, and supportive place to learn recovery skills, address problematic behaviors, gain insight into the causes and consequences of substance use, share ideas, exchange support, and relate to others.  


Recovery Groups

Recovery Groups are the primary therapy group during the course of treatment.  We offer Recovery Groups for:

  • Adolescents
  • Young Adults
  • Men’s Recovery
  • Women’s Recovery
  • Opiate-Specific Recovery
  • DWI

Recovery Groups cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Signs and Symptoms of Addiction
  • The Disease Concept
  • Triggers for Use
  • Recovery – What Does It Mean?
  • Early Recovery Skills
  • Behavior Change
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Relapse Prevention Planning
  • Healthy Recreational Activities
  • Social Support and Healthy Relationships
  • Self-Help Support Groups

 

Specialty Groups

Psycho-educational Process Group

  • Understanding Addiction
  • Education about Substance Use
  • Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
  • Tobacco Use
  • Gambling Education
  • Self-Help Support Groups
  • Addiction as a Family Disease
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics/Substance Users
  • Physical Health Consequences of Substance Use

DWI Group

All participants are guided through an examination of their own reasons for using alcohol or other mood altering drugs.  Participants completing the program should arrive at an informed decision about their own actual or possible dependence on such substances.  The treatment curriculum combines education and social support.  Our treatment staff is experienced to help you work through requirements of the court system, NYS Drinking Driver Program, NYS Department of Motor Vehicle, Child Protective Services

  • OASAS-approved DWI curriculum
  • Develop a personalized safety plan related to substance use
  • Develop refusal skills / assertiveness
  • Introduction to addiction as a disease
  • Resolve consequences of DWI / DUI

 

Relapse Prevention

  • Triggers and Cues
  • Relapse as a Process
  • Components of Relapse
  • Relapse Prevention Planning
  • Recovery Maintenance Behaviors
  • Maintaining Mental Health Stability
  • Overall Health and Wellness

 

Anger Management and Emotional Regulation

  • Understanding Emotions
  • Triggers for Feelings
  • Anger as a Secondary Emotion
  • Coping Skills for Intense Feelings
  • Developing an Emotional Vocabulary
  • Developing New Coping Behaviors
  • Link Between Emotions and Substance Use

Stress Management

  • Relaxation and Stress Reduction
  • Meditation Techniques
  • Identifying Core Stressors
  • Coping with Stress
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Link between Emotions and Substance Use
  • Impact of Stress on Physical Health

Women’s Issues

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Parenting
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Health Issues
  • Self-Esteem Building
  • Women’s Recovery Concepts

Mental Health Symptom Management

  • Symptom Awareness
  • Link between Symptoms and Substance Use
  • Recovery and Symptom Reduction
  • Role of Medications
  • Symptom Management Techniques
  • Positive Self-Talk

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Core Beliefs and Core Values
  • Defense Mechanisms
  • Cognitive Distortions
  • Consequential Thinking
  • Decision Making
  • Goal-Directed Thinking and Behavior

Tobacco Awareness

  • Education about Tobacco Use
  • Can I Stop?  Do I have to Stop?  Do I Want to Stop?
  • Tobacco Use as a Trigger for other Substance Use
  • Quitting Resources