Support Groups

Aftercare (OPEN GROUP)

  • This group is open to anyone who has, at any time, completed a residential substance abuse and/or family program, or a similar residential program specific to the treatment of addictions.
  • All sessions start at 6:00P.M. each Wednesday evening unless otherwise announced. The sessions are held at the Addictions Treatment Clinic.
  • Registration is for 12 sessions with a new topic of discussion each week. New members may join the group at any point in the twelve week cycle. Topics include: your recovery plan, relationships, loneliness, bringing your recovery home, taking care of mind/body/spirit, 5-minute life story, accepting yourself & others, facing reality, Self-Awareness, patience/tolerance, living a balanced life, continuing aftercare.

Relapse Prevention (CLOSED GROUP)

  • Individuals must complete a referral and screening process to attend this group.

Concurrent Disorders Groups (OPEN GROUP)

  • Individuals must complete a referral and screening process to attend this group.
  • Group runs every Wednesday on the second floor of Riverview at 1:30P.M. & every Thursday at the Canadian Mental Health Office at 1:30P.M.
    • ongoing open ended group
    • bridge the gap between mental health & addictions treatment services
    • provide treatment referrals
    • enhance collaborative mental health services within our community
    • provide a psycho-educational component through peer shared experience & group leader facilitation
    • Provide a multi-dimensional model of care to meet the needs of consumers with concurrent disorders
    • provide a safe & comfortable environment for group participation
    • Psycho-educational, interactive, and supportive
    • Individuals with concurrent substance disorders/gambling and a major psychiatric diagnosis.
    • Clients with a significant psychiatric problem whose substance use/gambling effects the course and treatment of the psychiatric disorder and life functioning.

Relationship Group (CLOSED GROUP)

  • Individuals must complete a referral and screening process to attend this group.
  • Separate groups run for men and women.
  • Eight week cycle with a new topic each week
  • The relationship group is a structured group for individuals 18 years of age or older impacted by problems related to substance use and/or gambling. The focus of this group is to enhance interpersonal relationship skills. It is suggested that group participants are minimally, in the preparation stages with respect to relationships change.
  • Topics include: what are relationships, coping mechanisms, communication, boundaries, assertiveness, conflict, feelings/trust, and intimacy & sexuality.

Older Adults Problem Gambling Group (OPEN GROUP)

  • The Problem Gambling (50+) Group is an open ended weekly support group for individuals aged 50 and over who are experiencing gambling related problems.
  • This age specific group is designed to address the unique needs of this population.
  • Topics include: how to recover financially, life after retirement, grief and physical & symbolic losses, finding alternative leisure wellness activities, age related physical & mental health.
  • This group is facilitated by a problem gambling therapist.

Significant other Problem Gambling Group (OPEN GROUP)

  • The Family & Friends Affected by Problem Gambling Support Group is an open ended weekly support group for anyone affected and concerned about someone else's gambling problem.
  • This group is facilitated by a problem gambling therapist.
  • This group also provides a psycho-educational component.
  • Topics include:
      - How to stop interfering with natural consequences
      - How to help effectively (i.e., identify boundaries, understanding enabling behaviours
      - Helping yourself (i.e., self care, coping skills)
      - Understanding problem gambling
      - How to talk about gambling (i.e., effective communication)
      - Finances (i.e., how to protect yourself)

Adult Children Of Alcoholics (ACOA) Group (CLOSED GROUP)

  • Individuals must complete a referral and screening process to attend this group.
  • open to men and women
  • 12 week cycle with a new topic each week
  • The ACOA group is a structured group for individuals 18 years of age or older impacted by growing up in a chemically dependent family. This group is primarily psycho-educational in nature.
  • Topics of discussion include: types of chemically dependent families, rules in dysfunctional families, recovery process, roles in families, characteristics of adult children, five minute life story, feelings, grieving, core recovery skills, and alike.

Stage Wise (INPATIENT ONLY)

  • Individuals must complete a referral and screening process to attend this group.
  • Assist clients in developing an increased understanding of mental illness, substance use, and/or gambling
  • Assist clients in becoming motivated to work on reducing their substance use and/or gambling
  • Psycho-educational, interactive, and supportive
  • Creation of a non-judgmental, supportive group environment in which clients are free to engage in an honest exploration of the positive and negative consequences of their experiences with substance use and/or gambling, and mental health without fear of judgment, social censure, or confrontation.
  • Individuals who are experiencing difficulties in life due to mental illness and substance use and/or gambling and are currently in-patients at the Sault Area Hospital's Psychiatric In-patient Unit.
  • Two sessions per week running 45 minutes per session.
  • Location is Sault Area Hospital Riverview Centre 3rd floor Day Room.

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