Clients learn and practice relapse prevention skills (i.e., how to anticipate and cope with triggers and high risk situations), drink/drug refusal skills and develop better problem solving and communication strategies. They also learn skills to improve emotion management and strategies to increase overall health and well-being.
Dialectical Behavior Theray (DBT) is a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapies designed to help clients modulate behaviors and regulate emotion. Specifically, DBT targets behaviors that contribute to emotional pain and interpersonal difficulties and teaches skills to manage these problems without resorting to self-defeating behaviors. DBT skills training encompasses four areas: distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness.
At CMC we offer several different, freestanding DBT groups and we aim to place clients in the group that best fits with their needs and circumstances such as age, specific issues, and abstinence versus mixed goals. A DBT group can be combined with other group options at CMC or complement individual treatment within CMC or with an outside provider.
There a variety of different process groups that include men and women of different ages and stages of life (see days and times on group schedule page). These process groups are available for clients who have achieved a sense of stability in maintaining behavioral changes. These once-weekly groups focus on the development of positive lifestyle changes and offer a chance to explore issues such as relationships (e.g. sex and intimacy), meaningful work, self-esteem and self-image, and the development of a satisfying social support network.
The men’s group is a 90-minute, once week group geared toward those who have been in treatment (either CMC or elsewhere) for a period of time and would benefit from widening their focus from substance use issues to other life issues such as relationships, sexuality, communication, professional satisfaction and long term goals. The group is for men only, so as to provide an emotionally safe forum for discussing these issues.
This weekly group provides gay men with an opportunity to deal with issues of intimacy as they move away from drug use or other compulsive activities as central to their sexual relationships. The group offers a safe and supportive environment for participants to consider these issues while they keep track of substance use, compulsive behavior, and the potential for relapse.