The benefit of group therapy has been documented and proven to be a highly effective treatment modality. Unexpressed feelings are the root driver to most, if not all, mental health and addictive patterns. Sharing thoughts and feelings in a safe and supportive environment is an important part of group therapy and strongly affects treatment success. The climate of trust provided by the group promotes an environment where members feel safe to share their struggles and work collaboratively to understand one another. As individuals increases in self- awareness, they develop new ways of relating to people, and learn new adaptive behaviors. This also promotes progress towards their personal goals that brought them to treatment.
This is a facilitator led experiential group. The registered art therapist will begin by providing an art therapy assignment. Participants are encouraged to create an expression of that assignment. This is a “process” oriented group as opposed to a “product’” oriented group. In other words, the therapeutic benefit comes from the “process” of the creating and not the “product” or end result of the creation process. The goals of this activity is to provide creative expression of emotional energy, concretize concepts, provide a safe outlet for non-verbal expression, work though developmental obstacles, and provide a pictorial testimony. This is a 2 hour group process. The first hour is used for the creative expression and the second hour is used for the group process and sharing of the activity and associated experiences.
This is a facilitator led experiential group. In this group, clients are allowed the opportunity to practice expressing anger in a healthy manner. It offers an opportunity for the facilitator to observe where clients have stored/suppressed emotions in their body. Clients learn to identify where they are emotionally “congested” and how to emotionally counterbalance. It is a very physical exercise that enables the “rager” to connect to sadness and vulnerability, and conversely, for the depressed client to tap into the healing energy of healthy anger. This is a VERY powerful group process where clients actually “practice” active release of untapped emotions rather than merely discussing “anger management techniques.” Due to the potential emotions tapped into in this group, it is facilitated by a highly skilled facilitator.
This is a facilitator led experiential group. This group allows clients to use spontaneous dramatization, role playing and dramatic self-presentation to investigate and gain insight into their lives. Through the re-enactment, clients can recreate real-life situations, and act them out in the present as an opportunity to evaluate their behavior. Quite often, past experiences in which the person was in the victim role, are re-enacted from a new position of empowerment. This shift in power often allows a client to release “residual energy” from the past that has been unresolved for many years. There is a volunteer who wishes to work on a specific issue with other group members being therapeutic agents in the dramatization. It is a form of individual therapy that is executed within a group.
This is a facilitator-led educational class. It is every morning, Monday through Saturday. This group is led by our senior staff and teaches curriculum from our Integrated Addiction Model (I.AM). This class addresses the commonalities seen in all addictions, mental health issues, and trauma-related symptomology. The group objective is to identify the underlying issues beneath all mental health and addictive patterns thus reducing future “addiction substitution” and/or mental health symptoms and diagnoses. It is critical in understanding the interconnectivity of all compulsive and self-destructive patterns; past, present, and future.
Living in Consciousness
Living in consciousness is a program that works in tandem with our I. AM model. It helps clients to understand their active role in the recovery process by teaching skills in identifying triggers that can initiate relapse and alternative skills in emotional regulation. It is a cognitive based therapy that also assists one in identifying historic causes for current unwanted behavior.
This is a component of our Integrated Addiction Model (I.AM) In this didactic “lecture” group, the facilitator teaches “core concepts” as they relate to a healthy lifestyle and life skills. Topics would include; diet, nutrition, the importance of digestive health, understanding hormones, exercise, and functional medicine options.
This group will also offer a facilitator led experiential group with demonstrations and class participation on how to prepare foods in a cooking class, how to shop for healthy foods during grocery store outings, and proper techniques for exercise.
This is a facilitator led, experiential group in which clients learn how to be more connected to their body by promoting grounding opportunities that encourages mindfulness, discipline, reflection, and awareness. Since all addicts have unresolved emotional pain, this technique provides active release at a physical level. Recent clinical studies have shown how yoga promotes health including improving chronic pain, reducing stress, lowering heart rate and blood pressure, relieving anxiety, depression, insomnia, and lowering cortisol levels.