Many residents feel completely isolated during their suffering and often feel ashamed. These feelings are often accompanied with mild mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
To overcome feelings of isolation a form of therapy known as ‘group therapy’ is offered to residents following detoxification. Talking circle is a form of psychotherapy where residents discuss their issues and their challenges within a group environment. Chairs are arranged in a circle so that each participant is able see and hear one another. The aim of a group talking circle is so that residents can connect and learn from each other. It is a supportive exercise that can also strengthen the feeling of community.
Group talking circle sessions follow the initial detoxification phase of recovery. Sessions are led by a therapist at our NDH. Groups consist of 5 to 9 people. The sizes are small enough to ensure focus but large enough to ensure a rich variety of experiences are shared. Group participants generally come from many different backgrounds with Substance Abuse Disorders, and/or Diabetes.
During group sessions residents are given a platform to voice their problems as well as have the opportunity to listen and support others. Group members will also discuss the roadblocks and setbacks they have faced in previous attempts to get clean and move forward from their past.
This awareness is intended to strengthen participants positive mind-sets which can be essential for long term recovery.
The therapist will guide the discussion around a variety of relevant topics and ensure each member of the group has the opportunity to contribute. The therapist’s contribution in the sessions is minimal compared to the participants who conduct the majority of the session.
Group therapy establishes a basis of community between our residents and staff alike. These sessions allow residents to realize their struggles with Mental Health and addiction is not unique to themselves but may also be similar and shared with their peers.
During this therapy unhealthy mind-sets are challenged and replaced with new healthily ways of thinking about one’s substance abuse. Other therapy techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may be ‘blended’ into group sessions.
Empowering people with behavioral & mental health challenges, to live their best life possible.
We are committed in helping individuals, achieve full recovery and freedom back to the community. We shadow our Residents on their journey to recovery; understanding their history and working in unison to create a new future.
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