ADDRESSING ADDICTIONS TOGETHER

ATS treatment groups provide a great setting for getting educated about addiction and managing difficulties during and after rehabilitation. Approaching challenges together means participants are fully supported and in a great position to make friends along the way. Gender-specific groups are available. 

THE FOLLOWING ARE TREATMENT GROUPS AVAILABLE AT ATS: 

Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model (TREM)—Six-month-long group for women that have
experienced previous trauma. Trauma includes childhood sexual, physical or emotional abuse, institutional abuse, rape in adulthood and domestic violence in the home. Curriculum developed by Maxine Harris, PhD, addresses trauma and recovery with ten sessions in each of the following broad topics: Empowerment (boundaries, self-esteem, self-soothing, intimacy and trust and sexuality), Trauma Recovery (what is trauma, abuse, physical safety, connections between trauma and addiction or compulsive behavior), Advanced Trauma Recovery Issues (family myths and distortions, decision making, communication, self-destructive behaviors, blame and forgiveness, relationships, personal healing) followed by a three session closing (truths and myths about abuse, what it means to be a woman and a closing ritual).

Anger Management for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Clients—This group has a twelve-week combined CBT approach that employs relaxation, cognitive and communication skills interventions. This combined approach presents the clients with options that draw from these different interventions to develop individualized anger control plans using as many techniques as possible. The more techniques and interventions an individual has on his or her anger control plan, the better equipped clients will be to manage anger in response to anger-provoking events. This treatment model is effective with substance abuse clients as well as non-substance-abusing clients diagnosed with a variety of problems, including mood, anxiety and thought disorders.

Co-Occurring Disorder Group—This evidence-based program draws from cognitive-behavioral, experiential and Twelve Step approaches to help clients achieve lifelong recovery. This twelve-week ongoing group integrates client’s mental health disorder treatment into their addiction treatment program, allowing them to bring life back into balance. Topics include: effects of alcohol and other drug use on mental health; phases of dual recovery; the Twelve Steps and co-occurring disorders; self-help groups for co-occurring disorders; medication information; building a recovery support system; decision-making skills and seeking help.

Relapse PreventionThe focus of this structured psycho-educational therapy process is relapse prevention and management. Curriculum used for this ongoing weekly group was created by Claudia Black, PhD, and covers a wide range of topics from creating a powerless and unmanageability inventory to other common issues in substance abuse recovery: overconfidence, control, grief, anger, resentments, spirituality, shame, secrets and warning signs of potential triggers.

Practical Living Skills—Created by Hazelden Publishing, this group focuses on understanding and practicing the skills necessary for successfully navigating today’s economy. It is designed to meet the needs of a diverse client population providing all the tools necessary to help clients live healthy, fulfilling lives with topics such as Managing Money, Education, Looking for Work, Securing Housing, Sexual Health and more.

Personal Growth—Also created by Hazelden Publishing, this group covers the internal skills neede to be a positive and productive member of a community with topics such as Values and Responsibilities, Refusal Skills, Setting and Obtaining Goals, to name a few.

Recovery Management—A six-session group designed to give clients skills to successfully manage their recovery. Topics include: Mindfulness Basics, Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Introduction to Step Work, Building Up Your Spiritual Bank Account: Introduction to Spiritual Resources, Choosing What Fills Your Circle and more.

Healing Trauma—Created by Stephanie Covington, PhD, and Eileen Russo, MA, this is a six-session group for women who have experienced trauma. It covers topics from Power and Abuse; Process of Trauma and Self Care; the ACE Questionnaire and Anger and more.

Exploring TraumaDesigned by Stephanie Covington, PhD, and Roberto Rodriquez, MA, this is a six-session group for men with trauma experiences. It covers topics such as Exploring Trauma; Thinking, Feeling and Acting; Beyond Guilt, Shame and Anger; Healthy Relationships and more.

Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)—A systematic, cognitive-behavioral, step-by- step treatment strategy designed to enhance self-image, promote growth of a positive productive identity and facilitate the development of higher stages of moral reasoning. All of these goals are ultimately demonstrated by more appropriate behavior on the part of program participants.

Seeking Safety—Created by Lisa Najavits, PhD, this is the first empirically studied, integrative treatment approach developed specifically for PTSD and substance use disorders. The curriculum has 25 sessions effectively addressing this prevalent and difficult to treat dual diagnosis, creating clinical safety, discontinuing substance use, letting go of dangerous relationships and gaining control over such extreme symptoms as dissociation and self-harm.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)—This program is designed by the primary therapist and client, who assess needs and choose the curriculum, days of the week and times of the day that best address those needs. Clients attend six groups per week (nine hours weekly) in addition to a weekly individual session with their primary therapist. IOP runs for six weeks but can be continued if clinically needed, and curriculum can be adjusted at that time if other needs are identified.

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