Outpatient group therapy provides a safe, trusting environment to gain support with the help of peers. Many feel they are alone because of their problems, and it is comforting to hear others share similar difficulties. In the climate of trust provided by the group, individuals are encouraged to share their struggles and help each other.
Other Advantages of Group Therapy:
- Group therapy provides an opportunity to benefit both through active participation and through observation.
- Group therapy offers an opportunity to give and receive immediate feedback about concerns, issues and problems affecting one's life.
- Group therapy members benefit by working through personal issues in a supportive, confidential atmosphere.
- Group therapy enables people to explore issues in an interpersonal context, which more accurately reflects real life.
- Group therapy offers a way to observe maladaptive behavior in others, which can help someone see the effects of their own behavior.
- Group therapy provides an opportunity to observe and reflect on your own and others' interpersonal skills.
CAST Recovery group therapy covers a variety of stimulating recovery-related topics:
- Sex, Love and Relationships
- Healthy Boundaries
- Early Recovery Skills
- Relapse Prevention
- Co-Occurring Disorders
- Managing Mood Groups
- Grief and Loss
Healthy Sexuality in Sobriety
This gender-specific group is designed to integrate concepts of sexual health, dysfunctional relationship patterns, and impulsive decision-making with current sex research, and recent developments in relapse prevention research. Participants will be offered a positive and safe forum within to understand and change their sex/drug-linked behaviors.
Group discusses setting healthy boundaries with friends, relatives, lovers, and exes. Participants will look at the ways in which they violate their own boundaries or let other people breach them, and will learn to make choices that balance one's own needs with the needs of others.
Power of the Pause
Mindfulness involves an attitude of acceptance, which is the opposite of either pushing an experience away or longing for an experience to change prematurely. Mindfulness allows clients to be purposely aware of themselves, not just habitually aware. This group will seek to help clients live in the NOW. Practicing mindfulness will help clients look at how they are feeling moment to moment, recognizing fully where they are, and to accepting it. Through guided meditations, we will focus on topics such as meeting pain with compassion, cultivating self love, living in the moment and interconnectedness
Staying Motivated While Staying Sober
Group inspires participants to use challenges and adversity as sources of motivation. Participants will smash through the emotional barriers and limited beliefs that contribute to self-sabotage, so they can move forward in their life with confidence.
Group focuses on defusing anger before it strikes. Participants learn to express feelings calmly; respond rather than react; release healthy anger in a healthy way ; and get beyond old anger through forgiveness
Early Recovery Skills
Group designed to reinforce key recovery concepts such as utilizing the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous; why seven days without a meeting makes one weak; selecting a sponsor; the importance of service commitments; using the phone to stay connected; etc. Participants will learn skills such as identification of triggers; how to manage urges; and stress-reduction.
Participants learn that gratitude creates a powerful state of happiness because it returns us to the natural place where we notice what's right instead of what's wrong.
"Full Throttle Recovery"
A group focusing on creating a productive, meaningful, and successful life. Clients will learn how to improve social skills, problem-solving, and perceptions of self-efficiancy that foster recovery maintenance. The emphasis is on building and enhancing support networks for recovery (12-step, family, friends).
Nurturing the Self
Learning to love oneself is a fundamental building block for helping to promote positive self esteem. This group will offer a venue for clients to think about how they go about caring for and nurturing their body, heart and mind. We will seek to learn skills needed to cultivate more caring relationship with the self and ultimately achieve a much improved sense of self-worth.
Building Muscular Minds
This group will combine cognitive and behavioral techniques to promote mental well being and behavioral change. It will seek to help clients modify unhelpful or inaccurate thoughts and beliefs to promote positive emotional change. In conjunction with Smart Recovery tactics this group will seek to identify problematic, maladaptive, and inaccurate self-defeating thoughts and beliefs. Building muscular minds will serve as a space for clients to challenge these problematic negative thoughts and develop more helpful, adaptive, and accurate styles of thinking which will be supportive of the recovery process
Watch our CAST interns in action!
All CAST clients have the opportunity to be a part of the Black Sheep Web Tech paid internship program. Interns will learn new skills in the booming internet marketing industry while working in a supportive recovery environment. Interns will strengthen computer skills, while establishing a work ethic and relationships with recovering people.