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

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

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 Brattleboro Habit OPCO Treatment Center 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 Brattleboro Habit OPCO Treatment Center.

  • 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?

Addiction is a complicated disease that does not take kindly to simple solutions.

Individuals who battle with addiction often face psychological, physical, emotional, and behavioral concerns. For treatment programs to be the most effective, they must address all of these issues and demonstrate how they relate to the addiction itself. Group therapy can play a significant role in helping patients understand the many factors that contribute to the development of an addiction.

Group therapy is a treatment method that includes the participation of a number of patients struggling with similar concerns. Group therapy sessions tend to be led by one counselor, however, if the group consists of a large number of participants, more than one counselor will be present.

Similar to individual therapy, group therapy is designed to help identify and address the behavioral and emotional issues that have contributed to the patient’s opioid addiction. Addiction hardly ever occurs out of thin air. In fact, it is often external issues such as pressure, trauma, stress, abuse, and self-esteem issues that trigger the abuse of substances. Group therapy offers up a venue for these issues to be discussed and processed while patients work on their recovery.

Objectives for Group Therapy

 Objectives of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse

Group therapy is able to be effective because of the counselors who apply their skills and expertise, and the patients who share their insights and experiences. Below are the primary objectives behind effective group therapy:

  • Catharsis – Relieving oneself from shame or emotional upset by speaking about one’s issues publically
  • Cohesiveness – Feeling a significant sense of belonging, validation, and purpose by sharing in the therapeutic experience
  • Imitative behavior – Establishing new, healthy skills just from watching the positive behaviors of the counselor and other group members
  • Information – Obtaining more information about addiction as a disease and the process of recovery
  • Hope – Seeing how others have overcome similar addiction related battles, and realizing that one can do the same
  • Altruism – Knowing the value of adding to the betterment of other group members’ lives
  • Interpersonal learning – Learning from the personal insights of others, all while being able to share one’s own experiences and testimonies
  • Self-understanding – Getting insight into one’s own problems by listening to other group members talk about their achievements and hang-ups
  • Universality – Alleviating strong feelings of isolation by recognizing the similarity of feelings and experiences amongst other group members

At Brattleboro Comprehensive Treatment Center, we appreciate group therapy and believe that it is a critical component to the comprehensive medication-assisted treatment program that we supply. By allowing counselors and group members to join forces with one another in a safe and inviting environment, we are able to build a collaborative and productive environment where successes and setbacks can be placed into the proper light and talked through in ways that everyone can benefit. Group therapy offers a plethora of information, priceless therapeutic insights, and extended support that often increases a patient’s likelihood of achieving long-lasting recovery.

There is no one medication or treatment approach that can solve all of the issues a person with an opioid addiction faces. Within an effective medication-assisted treatment program, a number of elements are blended into a completely comprehensive approach that is highly effective in helping individuals addicted to opioids put their addictions in the past once and for all. Group therapy is essential in helping these individuals begin to build a happy, drug-free life.

If you or someone you love can benefit from group therapy and the other aspects of care we provide, please reach out to us right now.