POPULATION SERVED: Inner Peace Residential Services are provided to individuals (age 18+) who abuse or are addicted to alcohol and other drugs regardless of sexual orientation, race, or creed.
Group therapy, the backbone of therapy, focuses on the three-fold nature of the disease: medical, emotional and spiritual. It is a counseling approach that is used to treat various psychological disorders, including substance abuse and addiction. Typically, it involves regular sessions where one or more therapists work with several individuals at once, and have a variety of benefits:
- Allows for ability to interact with other individuals who are also learning how to cope with and overcome a drug or alcohol addiction
- The setting helps group members realise that they are not alone and allows them to share information and experiences with one another, which boosts confidence and self-esteem. Overall, the sharing of experiences and feelings has been shown to reduce stress, guilt, shame and pain among group therapy members
- Group members can learn how to avoid engaging in destructive behaviours such as actively seeking out drugs, and instead begin to practice new, healthy behaviours
The therapist provides a structured platform that controls the discussions and also offers feedback and additional advice that helps each member gain a better understanding of themselves as well as ways to make continuous progress.
The various different forms of group treatment include:
- Psychoeducational groups – educational and health promotion sessions focusing on a variety of topics, including anger management, conflict resolution, prevention, trauma (e.g., abuse or violence), health and wellness, culture and family roles
- Cognitive behavioural groups – these focus on building new skills, conflict resolution, anger/feelings management, relapse prevention and early recovery
- Skills development groups – focus on the development of a variety of life skills
- Support groups – focus on the development of appropriate peer support through sessions focusing on relapse prevention, trauma, spirituality, culture, ceremonial healing practices and gender-specific topics
- Interpersonal process group therapy – these groups allow for the development of appropriate interpersonal skills through focusing on topics such as: trauma and different forms of abuse, and humanistic/existential topics
- Specialized groups in substance use treatment – typically in the form of 12-step programs, but may also entail ceremonial healing practices, expressive therapy, gender-specific topics, adventure-based activities, marathons and psychodrama
Work habitation, is about the development of appropriate workplace skills, which are developed through engaging in a variety of education and skills development sessions. These are supported by the therapeutic community approach, which requires every person in the centre engaging in a variety of duties that support the daily running of the therapeutic approach. These include cooking, housekeeping, maintenance, and office administration etc. The objective of this approach is to create an environment that is therapeutic and provides every person a successful experience in community living, to enhance their daily living skills and further reinforce the individual’s positive self-image and sense of responsibility.
Individual therapy sessions have some distinct advantages. Primarily, there’s the important issue of privacy. It provides a space within which the person and therapist can collaborate together to explore issues that they wish to address, some of which they may be afraid to share in a group. Also, because group sessions are more likely to lead people to put on masks and pretend, face-to-face and private sessions with a therapist can often mean you get to dig down deeper into the issues and reasons that result in addictive behaviours and substance use. Each person is assigned to an individual therapist who will assist them throughout their stay.