Group therapies for drug and alcohol abusers use affiliation, support, and peer confrontation to help patients struggling to move from addiction to recovery. The practicum site chosen was Challenges, which is a state licensed and JCAHO accredited private addictions and mental health treatment center located in the greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida area. At Challenges the model of relapse prevention treatment represents a new and unique direction in relapse care. They incorporate the latest, cutting edge technology together with traditional treatment, twelve-step oriented treatment, and alternative treatment therapies for those challenged by alcoholism and drug abuse, chemical dependency, as well as co-existing, co-occurring and dual diagnosed disorders. The exceptional treatment at Challenges is highly individualized and holistic in nature, offering the individual a significant chance of success. At Challenges the main form of treatment is group therapy, which is conducted in the hands of a skilled, well-trained group leader, the potential healing powers inherent in a group can be harnessed and directed to foster healthy attachments, provide positive peer reinforcement, act as a forum for self-expression, and teach new social skills. There are several advantages for therapy groups. Groups allow members to see how others deal with similar problems; to witness their recovery; and to learn how to cope with problems, relate to other people, and gain new insight and information. They can reduce the sense of isolation that substance abusers feel by providing peer support and pressure to abstain.
At the Challenges Rehabilitation Center, their philosophy is to provide exceptional care with a holistic approach, combining mental health and substance abuse treatment in a coordinated, highly individualized and flexible treatment plan. Their model of treatment is believed to be in the best interest of the client, who is served when a high...
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