Recovery Zones – Groups
What is Addiction? / Mind Mapping
Monday Evenings 6.30 – 8.00PM
Clients are taken through an overview of the disease of addiction. They will be introduced to the evidence proving that addiction is a primary disease, develop an understanding of cross-addiction and an overview of the 12-Step approach to recovery. Clients present their own evidence of their disease using Mind Maps. Interactive discussions centre on how the disease is still present in their lives, even though they are abstinent from the substance or behaviour.
Tuesday Evenings 6.30 – 8.00PM
Family members of those suffering from addiction are invited to attend this supportive and educational group, where they can learn about and participate in their loved one’s recovery and also begin their own healing and recovery from addiction. Family and friends of those suffering from addiction frequently experience depression, anxiety and stress. Our Family Programme is designed to help equip family members to cope with these stressors, and maintain their resilience in the face of such difficulties. Additionally, as their loved ones get into active recovery, many new questions arise, which this group can help address.
ABCs of CBT: Anger, Fear, Shame
Wednesday Evenings 6.30 – 8.00PM
“Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is perhaps one of the most frequently used psychotherapeutic orientations, with considerable research supporting its effectiveness and adaptability in clinical practice,” according to the US National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices. Clients will gain an understanding of the ‘ABC’ model of dissecting their problematic thinking and behaviour, in order to lead a happier and healthier life. CBT is proven effective in treating depression, anxiety and addiction. Clients will actively engage in CBT practices in this group.
Continuing Care Group
Thursday Mornings 11.30 – 12.45PM
Continuing Care Group sessions offer a safe and supportive space for clients to process the experience of longer-term recovery. Having completed intensive treatment, clients continue the important work they have begun with support from their peers and a professional counsellor. Balancing the demands of recovery, work and family life can be challenging, and continuing to be part of an outpatient therapeutic group gives clients the space they need to share any concerns, relapse triggers and family stressors. Each of these professionally-led sessions offer a different recovery-based theme or topic for discussion, as well as space for a check-in, personal sharing and group support for any challenges experienced in early recovery.
Friday Evenings 7.00 – 8.00PM
This holistic approach to addiction recovery assists clients in identifying the early warning signs of a relapse. It is often seen that relapse is not an event, but a process that begins long before the actual behaviour. Clients are guided through the 3 major zones of recovery. They will build on their understanding of their triggers, slippery behaviours, toxic emotions and negative thinking patterns that might lead to relapse. Client presentations and open discussions about relapse prevention will clarify the ‘Recovery Zone’ needed for successful treatment.
Sex Addicts Recovery Group (SAR)
Saturday Mornings 11.00am – 12.30PM
Weekly recovery group for men who identify as sex, love and/or pornography addicts. This group covers material in Patrick Carnes’ Facing The Shadow and focuses on the tasks which need to be completed as a foundation underpinning solid long term recovery. *This group is not part of the IOP programme, but members need to be engaged in individual therapy to attend.
Specialist Monthly Groups by Demand
1. Boundaries & Co-dependency
Clients will be introduced to the concept of Codependence and unhealthy patterns in relationships. A thorough discussion of Boundaries, Boundary failures and Boundary violations will be offered. They will understand the underlying issues that drive enmeshed and avoidant relationships and how healthy boundaries can heal those relationships. The concept of Love Addiction will also be explored. CBT tools will be utilized to better achieve healthy and intimate relationships.
2. Recovery Vision & S.M.A.R.T. Goals
An abundant amount of time and effort in treatment is focused on the behaviors and thinking patterns of the past in order to learn and correct those patterns. This group will offer an opportunity for clients to spend time and effort to best create an abundant future. Clients will be guided through an exploration of their core values and apply them to the 4 major areas of their life: Relationships, Work/Education/Vocation, Social Life & Recovery. S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic & Time bound) goals and weekly sessions will give clients the accountability, support and education in order to realize their fullest potential.
3. Sex Addiction (Men’s Group)
This gender specific group will provide an environment for clients to openly discuss their addictive behavior with sexual arousal. Facilitated by a trained professional who is experienced in treating sexual addiction, clients will gain a deep understanding of the origins of the behavior, subtleties of recovery and tools to manage that recovery. Clients will be guided through a timeline of the sexual arousal patterns, an understanding of the loss of control of behavior and a full accounting of the costs and consequences. Supportive discussion from other recovering sex addicts will heal the shame that has kept the addict from seeking help.
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