Recovery Zones Groups
Recovery Vision & S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Monday Evening 6.00 – 7.00PM
A significant portion of treatment is focused on the behaviours and thinking patterns of the past, in order to learn and correct those patterns. This group offers an opportunity for clients to focus their efforts on creating a successful future. Clients are guided through an exploration of their personal core values and apply them to the 4 major areas of their life: relationships, work/ education/ vocation, social life and recovery. They will create S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound) goals in order to achieve their optimal life. Weekly sessions give clients the accountability, support and education needed to realise their full potential.
ABCs of CBT
Wednesday Evening 6.00 – 7.00PM
“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.
What is Addiction? / Mind Mapping
Wednesday Evening 7.30 – 8.30PM
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 may also 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.
Emotional Intelligence (Process)
Thursday Evening 6.00 – 7.00PM
This process group gives clients an opportunity to freely discuss concerns and successes in their lives, with the support of their peers and guidance of the counsellors. The groups focus on emotional content to help clients more fully experience these aspects of their lives and regulate any toxic reactivity. Most recovering addicts have been medicating their emotions with substances and behaviours. Developing intelligent responses to emotional stimuli is essential to addiction recovery. Clients will learn to identify their emotions according to the 8 basic emotions, and develop strategies to more effectively use their emotions as information. Combined with the CBT group, clients will mature in their abilities to manage their own emotions and support others.
Thursday Evening 7.30 – 8.30PM
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.
Mindfulness Meditation Yoga
Friday Evening 5.00 – 6.30PM
Mindfulness, meditation and gentle exercise have been shown to reduce anxiety and stress. This group aims at providing a sense of mindfulness and relaxation through the combined efforts of both yoga and mindfulness practice. The yoga component of this group is run by a certified yoga instructor who tailors the programme to clients’ needs. This group is offered at the end of the week to provide relaxation and mindfulness for the weekend, a time when many people may feel triggered or stressed.
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 utilised to better achieve healthy and intimate relationships.
2. Family Group
Mounting research-based evidence points to the importance of family in helping an individual achieve long-term recovery. 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 participate in active recovery, many new questions arise that will be addressed in this group.
3. Relapse Prevention Continuing Care Group
This group caters to clients who have entered later stages of recovery. They have completed residential and/or intensive out-patient treatment and are offered the opportunity to continue their recovery work. This group facilitates an environment for clients to review and share recovery experiences, aftercare plans, sobriety goals and how they are navigating early recovery outside of structured environments. Some groups may involve specific and helpful education pieces while others will be more open for client issues and suggestions for discussions. The groups are facilitated by a counsellor but clients are encouraged to take an active role and bring to group issues relevant to them.
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