Making Changes – For newcomers and those kick-starting change. (Currently closed)

It’s always hard to make changes; there are always downsides. In this group, we’ll examine the thoughts and feelings behind our choices, and learn to tolerate the anxiety of choosing. We’ll clarify our valued goals and then learn practical ways to navigate through the distractions, cravings, triggers and pain so we can be successful and empowered. We’ll use motivational interviewing, CBT, values clarification, urge surfing, relapse prevention; and work on getting a healthy balance on life, discussing harm reduction, diet, exercise, medications, family, relationships, work – everything that comes up in these early phases of change.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy *** CURRENTLY ENROLLING *

This group is for people whose emotions get the better of them, disrupting plans, relationships, thinking and contributing to impulsivity including drug or alcohol use. In each session we will cover a set of skills aimed at managing urges and cravings, avoiding opportunities and cues to use, reducing behaviors conducive to drug use, increasing healthy social networks, and coping ahead for stressful events. We’ll work on identifying personal red flags, describing emotional experiences, and helping each other recognize when we are in predictable mind states that lend themselves to use. The dialect of abstinence vs harm reduction, and the feelings thoughts and actions that dwell within each stance, anchors the treatment.

Fee: $100 per person. 12-week course; rolling admission.


Applied Mindfulness *** CURRENTLY ENROLLING*

Do you spend your days operating on “auto-pilot”? Could you live more in the moment instead of worrying about the future and dwelling in the past? What’s happening inside you before you crave or use? Can you sit with emotions and thoughts without action?
This group will teach you ways to press pause on your thoughts, increase your awareness of thoughts and emotions, develop greater self-compassion, access your inner wisdom, and incorporate a mindfulness practice into every day life.
Each group will begin with a guided experiential mindfulness activity, followed by practical mindfulness skills training derived from evidence-based therapies such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.


Family and Friends *** CURRENTLY ENROLLING *

This 8-week group will teach you how to work effectively with the person who’s addicted. You can start at any point in the cycle, or take it more than once. We also offer this in individual coaching format.
Utilizing evidence-based approaches including CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach – Family Therapy) and Family Education & Support, concerned others will learn specific researched skills and be better able to engage, motivate and survive over the long-haul. This gentle but directed approach is very different than the typical confrontational intervention (which does not work well) and is also different from Al-Anon because it’s more than support and believes that we CAN change things.


Women’s Group: Stop Surviving, Start Flourishing

It can be exhausting and impossible to have ambitions and drive yet also be expected to manage family and look good too. This group will allow women to share the experience of swirling in the chaos of multiple demands and, at times, turning to drugs or alcohol to cope. Often, behind the stress are intense feelings – of aloneness, shame, anger and desire. We’ll support each other as we examine where we’re at, and where we intend to go, which may mean moderating or stopping drugs or alcohol. We’ll learn to cope with emotions, be those from old traumas or current stressors. We’ll examine the thoughts and feelings behind our actions, and learn to tolerate the anxiety of choosing, or letting go. We’ll learn practical ways to navigate through the distractions, cravings, triggers and pain so we can be successful and empowered. We’ll support each other as we work towards a healthier balance in our lives: work, family, self-care including sleep and exercise, friends, sex and healthy boundaries. Not everyone in this group will have addiction issues, though all these themes come up in early phases of change and are critical in ongoing recovery.