Intensive Outpatient Group Schedule

Week 1: DISTRESS TOLERANCE

Day 1-Monday: Improve The Moment
Learn what distress tolerance is and how it impacts your experience in recovery. Learn how to overcome addiction by applying practical skills to manage overwhelming thoughts and feelings.

Day 2-Tuesday: Core Mindfulness
Experience the power of mindfulness in recovery. This group provides an opportunity to explore your inner core and benefit from the awareness of self. Building on this awareness allows for a deeper, more fulfilling life in recovery.

Day 3-Thursday: Delaying gratification
Explore the concept of instant gratification versus delayed gratification, and how each relate to the “addicted brain”. This group increases awareness of desires and needs, and how to delay gratification as a recovery and relapse prevention practice in life.

Week 2: RESILIENCE

Day 1-Monday: Anatomy of trauma
Explore the neurobiology of trauma and how addiction affects similar brain structures. The majority of individuals who struggle with addiction have experienced trauma in their lives. Trauma can be debilitating and greatly impact all areas of well being (emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual). Gain valuable skills in managing past (or current) trauma and unlock a future full of hope.

Day 2-Tuesday: Grief and bereavement-highlight one-on-one
Learn the relationship between substance use and grief. A habit of ‘numbing out’ with substances can hide the grief you avoid or push away, and cause relapse, continued use, or deeper emotional pain. This group provides an opportunity for you to gain increased awareness of ‘grief’ and begin the grieving process with dignity through a recovery and relapse prevention framework.

Day 3-Thursday: Recovery and resilience
Resilience is about not only surviving, but thriving. Learn the important role resilience plays in battling years of reinforced, unhealthy thought patterns and behaviors. A solid foundation of true resilience will enable you to live a daily program of recovery and intervene on relapse warning signs before they lead to relapse.

Week 3: WHAT IS A DPR and RPP?

Day 1-Monday: Daily Program of Recovery (DPR)

Learn how to manage your behaviors by meeting your four basic needs (mental, physical, spiritual, emotional) in a balanced and full daily program of recovery. To live each day at a time, your basic needs must be integrated into a meaningful, healthy, and productive lifestyle. Learn how to create a healthy replacement culture and find balance through a Daily Program of Recovery.

Day 2-Tuesday: SMART goals in a DPR

As you work towards full recovery, learn how to incorporate action steps that provide specific, measurable, action-focused, relevant, and time sensitive goals. Whether you incorporate SMART goals into your Plan of Care or Daily Program of Recovery, they can help you reach and sustain positive recovery outcomes.

Day 3-Thursday: Relapse Prevention Planning (RPP)

Create a relapse prevention plan around the high risk factors that have led to your cycle of use and relapse. Through feelings management skills and a healthy replacement culture, you can stay one step ahead of the triggers that lead to relapse.

Week 4: THE FIRST STEP

Day 1-Monday: Spirituality in Your Daily Program of Recovery (DPR)

Explore the relationship between spirituality and recovery, and how meeting your unique spiritual needs strengthens your daily program of recovery. This group will help guide you towards an identification of your personal spiritual needs and ways you can gain connection to a Higher Power in the process of recovery.

Day 2-Tuesday: The First Step in AA

Gain power over addiction by confronting and learning from your past patterns of substance use and cycle of relapse. Through courageous self reflection and ownership, unlock the causes, triggers, and consequences that you can transform into building blocks for healthy recovery.

Day 3-Thursday: The First step continued

Continue gaining a stronger understanding of how established patterns impact recovery in order to recreate new, healthier habits. Following up on previous material, you will get the opportunity to explore and discuss your first step with the group. This process exposes you to the AA model as an option for recovery support, as well as increases your perspective of the inner workings of addiction.

Week 5: BOUNDARIES AND SUPPORT

Day 1-Monday: Co-dependence

Codependency applies to poor and dysfunctional emotional and physical boundaries in relationships. By understanding the signs, symptoms, and inner workings of codependence, you have the opportunity to re-evaluate relationships with self and others in a way that maximizes and supports your recovery.

Day 2-Tuesday: Love and Recovery

Without a strong replacement culture and meaningful daily program of recovery, the cessation of substance use can often leave you with a sense of emptiness or loneliness. Many individuals newly in recovery tend to replace “one addiction for another” to satiate the desire for instant gratification or emotional validation. Explore strategies to navigate this recovery pitfall and addiction of ‘desire’.

Day 3-Thursday: Drawing Effective Personal Boundaries

Supportive and healthy boundaries are critical components to preserving self care and sobriety. It can be a challenge for those who are new to recovery to sever unhealthy ties or re-establish and commit to healthier boundaries. Learn how to increase the strength of your support network and surround yourself with individuals who contribute to the improved quality of your life and wellbeing.

Week 6: THINKING ERRORS

Day 1-Monday: Core beliefs

Identify the core beliefs that drive your ‘world view’ and impact your perception of life experiences. You have the power to promote positive thinking by developing positive core beliefs; similarly, you can change negative thinking by addressing your negative core beliefs. As you develop positive core beliefs and challenge self-defeating thoughts, you become the strongest tool in your recovery tool kit.

Day 2-Tuesday: Cognitive Distortions – “Thinking errors”

Thinking errors are the thoughts that promote pessimism, fear, super-uniqueness, and victim stance – to name only a few. Substance abuse and addiction often create deep-rooted thinking errors to minimize and justify behaviors that are harmful and hurtful. True commitment to recovery requires an intervention on thinking errors in order to accurately perceive and experience reality. Gain a better understanding of your thinking errors, or obstacles to recovery, and ways you can constantly intervene to correct them and create a new lease on life.

Day 3-Thursday: Cognitive Restructuring

Further develop your skills in identifying cognitive distortions and how to change negative thought patterns. As you restructure self-defeating cognitions, you accept life on life’s terms and achieve a higher quality of life and wellbeing.

Week 7: INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION*

* Additional curriculum for programs extending past 6 weeks.
Day 1-Monday: Effective communication

Learn how to engage in healthy communication strategies for positive and fulfilling social interactions. Increase trust, strengthen relationships, and gain confidence in your ability to effectively communicate needs and wants.

Day 2-Tuesday: Johari’s Window

Engage in introspection as you look inside your ‘blind box’ and ‘open box’ using the “Johari Window”. Discover hidden personal attributes by looking within yourself and identifying your needs, strengths, and abilities in recovery.

Day 3-Thursday: Cultivating recovery

Bring your knowledge of effective communication and internal awareness together to cultivate supportive relationships in recovery. Identify ways you can actively improve your self-expression and meet your emotional needs through fulfilling social and personal connections.

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