As part of our programs, individual therapy, sometimes called “one-on-one” therapy, is a component of each patient’s treatment plan. Upon arrival at our facility, the patient is assigned a primary therapist who will provide individual therapy sessions during the treatment stay.
During the sessions, topics will include the client’s specific addiction history, coping skills to address any mental health issues (anxiety, depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, and others) and the addiction, aftercare planning, and other needs as determined by the client and multidisciplinary treatment team.
Much of the addiction therapy for our programs is facilitated using the peer group setting. During groups, the patient has the opportunity to explore issues and process his/her recovery in a safe, peer-supported atmosphere. These peer relationships are helpful in the recovery process because they reduce the patient’s sense of isolation and allow the to see how others deal with similar problems (SAMHSA, Treatment Improvement Protocol 41).
Different types of addiction therapy groups for the client include:
- Process groups.
- Targeted addiction-themed group discussions.
- Recovery skills building.
Since everyone close to the client is touched by the addiction, Greenhouse Outpatient encourages family involvement (e.g. spouses, partners, children, and loved ones) as a component of each client’s treatment plan. Encouragement from family/loved ones is beneficial and positively impacts recovery.
With the client’s consent, if family members (and others essential in the recovery process) agree to participate, family therapy sessions will be held periodically throughout treatment. Family therapy sessions will be held onsite or via conference call, and frequency will be determined according to the client’s individualized treatment plan.
Medical and Psychiatric Sessions
Sometimes, upon admission and medical assessment at Greenhouse Outpatient, the client meets clinical guidelines for conditions requiring additional medical monitoring. In these cases, we will coordinate necessary medical care, psychiatric sessions, medication management, or monitoring of an ongoing health issue (e.g. hypertension or diabetes).
The client’s primary therapist will coordinate with our multidisciplinary treatment team on the integration of these appointments into the client’s individualized treatment plan.
Psychoeducational and Didactic Groups
Some recovery groups are led by Greenhouse Outpatient staff therapists and are flexible in terms of topics and client sharing. Recovery topics that are more effectively communicated in a structured learning environment are presented in formats that maximize client understanding. Our psychoeducational groups speak to common recovery obstacles for adults in recovery and serve as learning opportunities for aftercare skills and behaviors. These groups include exercises that allow clients to practice aftercare strategies.
Our psychoeducational and didactic groups are presented as instructor/student classes in which the therapist presents recovery lectures to clients in a classroom environment. These therapeutic groups are intended to educate clients on recovery strategies to use following completion of their treatment.
We incorporate 12-Step recovery principles into our co-occurring treatment and encourage clients to attend optional 12-Step meetings as a useful supplement to Embracing Change: Recovery for Life. As a component in this curriculum, we include a workbook section that focuses on 12-Step principles, What are the Twelve Steps? Steppin’ a New Life.
Besides providing a safe environment for sharing, following program completion 12-Step group attendance has been shown to increase lengths of abstinence (Journal of Substance Addiction Treatment, April 2014).