Drug and Alcohol Treatment Guidelines
Alcohol/Drug group treatment guidelines and sessions
Therapeutic Health Services is committed to patient success in treatment. We recognize the importance of group therapy, individual counseling, and/or Medication Assisted Treatment (Methadone and Suboxone). The goal is for each patient to have a healthy and sustaining recovery through our program.
One of the benefits of treatment is group therapy. This is where patients meet to share their own personal experiences. Together they can process the challenges of recovery, substance use, and have peer support within a therapeutic setting. Therefore, THS uses motivational interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as an evidence-based approach.
Motivational interviewing helps people move past insecurities and mixed feelings to find the motivation to change their behavior. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a common type of talk therapy done with a mental health counselor in a structured way. Together these approaches assist each patient in their specific treatment goals.
Each of our branches offers day 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:
- Each patient is requested to attend every group session. If an individual misses a session and is able to document a reason for absence, 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 they 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. Each participant is requested to complete assignments on time and turn them in when the facilitator requests. If there are comprehension or reading issues, please discuss these 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 enable understanding and setting 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.
Why do we have these guidelines?
Following these treatment guidelines helps facilitate the recovery process. Another key to a successful recovery process is consistently attending group sessions. It is important to tell the group facilitator and your assigned primary counselor about your progress made in treatment and recovery. Remember, it’s important to follow the established treatment guidelines.
If you are interested in attending any of our group therapy sessions, or need information on group times and locations, ask your counselor about the benefits of attending different groups.
To learn more about this program, please check out the Drug and Alcohol FAQ Post.