Discovery Transitions’ outpatient treatment programs work in concert to provide maximum effectiveness in healing the problem of addiction. This involves digging deeper than the problem of substance abuse in order to identify the underlying causes and conditions. Comprising a suite of best-practice treatment programs, our model utilizes the power evidenced in group counseling to help clients explore the myriad issues that are primary to their addictions.
Process Groups help members learn to cope with their substance abuse and other problems by allowing them to see how others deal with similar problems. The process delves into major developmental issues, searching for patterns that contribute to addiction or interfere with recovery. Using psychodynamics, or the way people function psychologically, the process promotes change and healing, relying on the here-and-now interactions of members.
Outpatient Drug Treatment Program: More about Group Sessions
Besides Process Groups, Discovery Transitions’ outpatient drug treatment program employs Psycho-educational Groups. One of the goals of Psycho-educational groups is to provide support and direction for understanding the problem issues, and how to minimize their impact now and in the future.
Examples of Psycho-educational Groups include the following:
- Living in Balance—The Living in Balance core curriculum includes 12 sessions that address basic issues commonly faced by clients in early recovery. Sessions address drugs of abuse, relapse prevention, self-help groups, mental and physical health, emotional and social well-being, sexual and spiritual health, and daily living skills.
- Gaining Control of Ourselves—These groups are designed to assist clients in gaining a better understanding of self, which will in turn help them better control their anger. Clients will learn viable techniques for stress management, enhancing emotional intelligence, and improving communication skills.
- S.E.L.F. Trauma informed Curriculum—The curriculum is designed to provide clients with an easy‐to‐use and coherent cognitive framework that can create a change momentum. S.E.L.F. can be used as a compass through the land of recovery. The groups evolve in a way that helps clients to think differently about their problems and organize the changes they needed to make into more manageable bundles.
- Skills Development Groups—Coping-skills training groups attempt to cultivate the skills people need to achieve and maintain abstinence. These skills may either be directly related to substance use (such as ways to refuse offers of drugs, avoid triggers for use, or cope with urges to use) or may apply to broader areas relevant to a client’s continued sobriety (such as ways to manage anger, solve problems, or relax).
Outpatient Treatment Programs and the Family
We at Discovery Transitions firmly believe that an effective outpatient treatment program has to offer recovery not just to the addict or alcoholic, but to the family as well. Parents, husbands, wives, children, siblings, and loved ones are invariably drawn into and affected by the drama of an individual’s substance abuse problem. They too are to some extent damaged and in need of their own recovery, as the dynamics involved in responding to an alcoholic’s or an addict’s behavior are necessarily unhealthy.
People with substance-abuse problems usually generate problems in their lives and then rely on loved ones to deal with the consequences. This dynamic starts so subtly that it goes unnoticed as it metastasizes into codependency. A note excusing a high-school students absence because of sickness, when the sickness was a severe hangover; putting up bail money for a DUI or possession arrest; accepting behavior that is clearly unacceptable and failing to define and enforce reasonable boundaries—these are examples of how codependency develops.
Tools for living are available. Our Family Program provides clients and their family members or significant others with education and support during the recovery process. Services include treatment updates, family therapy sessions, and a weekend family program that is hosted at The Discovery House every Saturday at 11:00 am.