Drug and Alcohol Treatment Guidelines
Alcohol/Drug outpatient group treatment guidelines and sessions
Therapeutic Health Services is committed to patients’ success in treatment. We recognize the importance of group therapy, individual counseling, and/or Medically Assisted Treatment (Methadone and Suboxone). The overall goal is for each patient to develop a healthy and sustaining recovery based program. One of the benefits of treatment is the group therapy where patients meet to share their own personal experiences. They can also process the challenges of recovery, substance use, and have a peer support within a therapeutic setting. Therefore, THS utilizes motivational interviewing and Cognitive Behavior Therapy as an evidence-based approach. These approaches assist each patient in their specific treatment goals.
Each of our branches offers day time and evening treatment groups for Intensive Outpatient, Weekly Outpatient, and Relapse Prevention for our alcohol/drug outpatient program
In order to assist our patients’ success, we have established the following treatment guidelines for group sessions:
- First of all, each patient is requested to attend every group session. If an individual misses a session, and are able to document a reason for absense, they may be excused.
- Each patient is requested to be present and on time for the start of the group session. After 15 minutes, (if it is a 3 hour Intensive Outpatient Group) we ask that each individual wait until the group breaks and then are allowed into the session for the remaining group session. For our weekly outpatient group, the individual will be asked to attend the next session and it will count as a missed group.
- Within the group session, homework assignments may be assigned and each participant is requested to complete assignments on time and present them at the designated time the facilitator requests. If there are comprehension or reading issues, discuss with the facilitator so accommodations can be made.
- Part of the treatment program and participation is to maintain an abstinence based recovery. If you present as being under the influence, you will be asked to provide a urine sample. You will not be allowed to attend the session for that day.
- Communication is important, as well as personal boundaries. Group therapy sessions help facilitate understanding and implementation of appropriate and healthy boundaries. We ask that all patients participating in group sessions utilize “I” Statements. We also ask they provide appropriate feedback during group processing and discussion.
Following these treatment guidelines helps facilitate the recovery process
The other key to a successful recovery based program is consistency in attending group sessions, working with the group facilitator, and with your assigned primary counselor regarding progress made in treatment and recovery as well as adhering to the established treatment guidelines.
If you are interested in attending any of our group therapy sessions, or need information on group times and locations, discuss with your counselor the benefits of attending the different groups.
To learn more about this program, please check out the Drug and Alcohol FAQ Post.
Written by: Timothy R. Burman, CDP
Chemical Dependency Professional