Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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 Northeast 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 Northeast 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 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.

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What is Group Therapy

What is Purpose of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse?

Individuals who are struggling with addiction often battle psychological, physical, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. In order for the recovery process to be successful, treatment programs must be prepared to fully address each of the issues that have either caused or were exasperated by addiction. Group therapy sessions can be vital in helping achieve this goal.

As the term implies, group therapy is an experience that includes participation from numerous individuals. These sessions typically involve one therapist who is leading a small group of participants, however for larger groups, more than one therapist will lead.

Similar to individual therapy, group therapy is geared towards helping patients identify and address emotional and behavioral factors that have added to their substance abuse problems. Addiction does not develop out of thin air; rather, it often occurs as a result of external issues including pressure, stress, self-esteem problems, trauma, abuse, mood disorders, and more. Group therapy offers up a space for patients to explore these issues as they pertain to them and their addiction.

Group therapy is able to be as effective as it is because of the skills of the counselor and the participation of patients who share their experiences, insights, and thoughts. Below are some of the fundamental objectives of group therapy:

  • Catharsis – Obtaining relief from feelings of shame or other painful emotions by talking through them publicly
  • Universality – Alleviating one’s feelings of isolation by emphasizing the shared feelings and experiences of others in the group
  • Cohesiveness – Feeling like one belongs, has purpose, and can be validated by sharing one’s experiences.
  • Self-understanding – Obtaining strong insight into one’s own problems by listening to others share their achievements and obstacles
  • Imitative behavior – Creating new skills by watching the positive behaviors of both the counselor and other group participants
  • Interpersonal learning – Learning from the experiences and thoughts of others, all while feeling comfortable sharing one’s own experiences and thoughts
  • Hope – Seeing that others have overcome similar struggles and feeling like one can do the same
  • Altruism – Knowing the value of adding to the betterment of other’s lives
Objectives for Group Therapy

Objectives of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse

At Northeast Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we value group therapy and view it as a pivotal part of our comprehensive medication assisted treatment. By joining counselors and patients together in a secure and supportive environment, we help establish a collaborative and productive forum where challenges and successes can be put into the appropriate perspective and talked through in ways that benefit all involved. Group therapy offers up critical information, therapeutic insights, and extended support that can dramatically improve a patient’s ability to achieve long-term recovery.

There is no medication, technique, or therapeutic modality that can cure an individual’s substance abuse problems. Instead, each of these elements is blended into a complete approach within a comprehensive treatment program to provide each patient with the best chance of developing a healthier lifestyle. Group therapy is critical in helping accomplish this goal.

If you or someone you love could benefit from group therapy and the additional aspects of our complete treatment program, please contact us right away.