Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Southeastern Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

In adherence to the social distancing recommendations provided by the CDC, we have implemented strict protocols at our clinic to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

  • Patients who have active symptoms of illness or a fever of 100 degrees or higher must call ahead to arrange after-hours dosing.
  • The number of people allowed inside the building at any given time is restricted based on county, state, and federal guidelines.
  • The number of people waiting in line is restricted based on county, state, and federal guidelines, and those present must maintain a minimum distance of six feet from one another.
  • To maintain line restrictions, patients are asked to wait in their cars until direction is given.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Southeastern Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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What is Group Therapy

What is Purpose of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse?

The complexities that surround addiction extend beyond a basic solution. Those who are struggling with addiction must overcome behavioral, emotional, physical, and psychological hurdles. In order for treatment to produce long-term results, programs must address and treat all of these facets. Group therapy is one tool that provides patients with the opportunity to treat these components.

Group therapy is a therapeutic tool that utilizes multiple participants in a singular session. Typically, group sessions involve one counselor who works with a small group of patients, although some sessions may utilize multiple counselors.

Like individual therapy, the goal of group therapy is to address and treat the behavioral and emotional influences that may have aided in the development of an individual’s addiction in the first place. Rarely does addiction occur due to a singular event. External factors, such as stress, mood disorders, a history of abuse, and self-esteem issues, can all contribute to an individual turning to substance abuse for an escape. Group therapy provides patients with the opportunity to openly discuss these issues in a safe and supportive environment.

The success of group therapy is directly related to the skills of the counselor who is leading the session as well as the participation of patients who are open and honest in sharing their feelings and experiences. The following are the main goals and principles of group therapy:

  • Universality – Lessening feelings of isolation by highlighting the unity of emotions and experiences among group participants
  • Self-understanding – Gaining understanding into one’s own problems by listening to other patients share their setbacks
  • Interpersonal learning – Learning from the viewpoints and experiences of other group members, while also being able to openly share one’s own insights
  • Altruism – Realizing the importance of aiding in the enrichment of the lives of others
  • Hope – Accepting that others have surpassed challenges that one may be currently experiencing
  • Information – Learning more about the disease of addiction and the recovery process
  • Imitative behavior – Creating new skills and techniques by watching the positive behaviors of the counselor and other group members
  • Cohesiveness – Feeling a sense of comradery, purpose, and support by sharing the therapeutic process with other individuals
  • Catharsis – Letting go of emotional pain by openly sharing one’s struggles with other group participants
Objectives for Group Therapy

Objectives of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse

By bringing counselors and patients together, Southeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers provide patients with the opportunity to safely share their stories while obtaining support and encouragement from other individuals who understand firsthand the struggles associated with addiction. Participants are provided with a productive, supportive, and compassionate atmosphere in which to gain the tools and support necessary to successfully progress in their treatment.

While there is no one cure for addiction, a comprehensive treatment approach provides patients with the tools necessary to successfully progress toward lasting recovery, and group therapy can play a crucial role in that progress.

If you or someone you love would benefit from group therapy and the other treatment options available at Southeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact us today.