Clients develop a better understanding of what addiction is and how to manage and change the symptoms. Topics include post-acute withdrawal symptoms, high-risk situations, triggers and cross-addiction. Participants increase their understanding of how addiction impacts relationships, spirituality, shame and guilt, anger management, finances, and leisure time.
Coping & Stress Management
Participants are provided with techniques to relax, cope, and appropriately express feelings of stress. Participants practice relaxation techniques and increase their understanding of personal triggers and how to manage them constructively. Participants will be able to define how they positively or negatively coped with stress in the past and the consequences associated with these past experiences. Using cognitive restructuring and behavioral strategies, participants learn skills to relax both their mind and body.
The purpose of this group is to create a forum for all the consumers to be represented, and provide a time when the consumers can make specific suggestions for structural changes in the Unity Place programming.
Participants learn, develop critical skills, and have fun when provided the opportunity for creative, artistic expression. Art, writing, making music, and making crafts are all creative activities. Creative expression helps participants articulate their feelings and thoughts. Through a combination of instruction and mentoring, creative expressions groups offer participants significant opportunities to study the creative process and at the same time acquire the requisite skills to “practice” creative expression themselves.
The goal of this group is to increase participant’s ability to confidently function in family relationships, strengthen communication and listening skills, and sharpen participant’s awareness of unhealthy relationships. Participants learn the dynamics of different relationships, such as family of origin (Parents, siblings, etc.) and current family relationships (Spouse, paramour, children, etc.) Participants learn to effectively communicate with others through focusing on listening and conflict resolution skills and effective expression of personal needs and emotions. Participants learn to distinguish between healthy attachment and codependency, develop an awareness of maintaining personal boundaries and identify the warning signs of abuse in relationships.
Group is focused on criminal activity often experienced by participants with chronic mental health and / or addiction issues and ways to reduce recidivism. Using Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, participants are able to identify distorted thoughts that lead to criminal behavior and utilize behavioral strategies to address impulse control, anger management and boundary setting issues. Participants develop a greater sense of empathy toward members of the community by better understanding how their criminal behavior impacts other people.
Healing through 12 Step Literature
The focus of this group is to orient participants to 12-step literature and its importance to the process of recovery, and the utilization of the steps and outside support groups. Participants become familiar with the 12-steps of recovery from a variety of traditions, including AA and NA by utilizing readings from the “Big Book” and other 12 step literature. Participants are able to identify what each step signifies for their personal recovery, through verbalizations and structured activities. Members are encouraged to actively seek opportunities to attend outside AA, NA, CA, MICA, ALANON etc., meetings.