I offer small (5-7 people) 12-week relapse prevention groups designed to support and strengthen your recovery. These groups can help if you are recently out of an inpatient stay, involved in 12-step programming, or just dealing with the triggers that are present in the process of recovery. This group is for those in recovery from alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, benzodiazepines, and/or opiates.
CBT & Mindfulness tools
Members are armed with knowledge of how to intervene earlier in the relapse cycle so that they can protect their recovery. We use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to identify the situations that evoke expectations of using to feel better or feel less worse. Next we help members identify how these expectations lead to permission-giving thoughts to use. By understanding the inner process that leads to relapse, members get to use mindfulness skills to stand to the side of it.
Group members support each other.
Clients like these groups because of the unconditional support they receive from each other. My goal as facilitator is to build a safe, trusting, and warm environment so that members can connect with each other.
Groups are abstinence-based.
This means that the goal is to achieve a state of abstinence with recognition that most recoveries sometimes involves relapse. I welcome people who may be on the fence about attending AA but like the idea of joining a small group of open-minded supportive people. I also welcome those who are deep in their recovery and regularly attend a 12-step program.