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

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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 CTC Programs 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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at CTC Programs.

  • These restrictions have 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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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Group Outpatient Counseling for Opioid Addiction

The opportunity to participate in counseling is one of the many benefits of completing medication-assisted treatment for an opioid addiction at a Comprehensive Treatment Center (CTC).

This combination of medication and counseling can significantly improve a person’s chances for successfully overcoming an addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers, or other opioids. The medication that a person receives while enrolled at a CTC will help to prevent drug cravings and alleviate other withdrawal symptoms, and the therapeutic component of treatment will address the issues that led to or were impacted by the opioid abuse, and will help the individual to make the changes that will empower him or her to achieve long-term recovery.

Group Counseling Overview

One of the main types of psychotherapy implemented at CTCs is group counseling . As the term implies, group counseling sessions involve several individuals in treatment, along with at least one professional who leads the session. The number of participants in a group counseling session can vary, with the American Psychiatric Association suggesting that group counseling should typically involve 5 to 15 patients.

Group counseling sessions may address a variety of addiction- and recovery-related topics, and may be structured in a variety of ways. For example, some groups are designed to be educational in nature; within the parameters of an opioid addiction treatment program, educational groups may be designed to provide information about the disease of addiction, the ways that opioids impact the body and mind, or the basics of relapse prevention. Other groups will be designed to encourage personal introspection and to facilitate healthy interaction among group members. These groups may have pre-established topics, such as anger management, conflict resolution, or navigating early recovery, or they may be set up to address issues that are brought up by group participants.

Benefits of Group Counseling

For individuals who have never participated in group counseling before, the thought of addressing personal and potentially unpleasant topics in a group environment may sound like an odd or even intimidating concept. However, group counseling has proven to be an extremely effective means of helping individuals who are healing from an addiction to opioids. The following are among the many benefits of participating in group counseling as part of a medically monitored opioid addiction treatment program at a Comprehensive Treatment Center:

  • Groups provide an opportunity for participants to learn from the insights and experiences of others who are struggling with similar problems, and who may be at different stages in their recovery.
  • Group counseling provides a safe and supportive environment in which individuals can address issues and discuss personal matters that they may be hesitant or unwilling to speak about with friends or family members.
  • The trained and experienced counselors who lead groups at CTCs have specialized knowledge in the issues and challenges that are common in early recovery from opioid addiction, and they are skilled at providing meaningful guidance and feedback.
  • Group counseling sessions provide excellent opportunities for participants to practice the productive interpersonal communication skills that can play an essential role in their efforts to achieve and maintain long-term recovery from opioid addiction.
  • Having a strong support network can be crucial for individuals who are recovering from opioid addiction. Group counseling can help CTC patients to form healthy interpersonal relationships with individuals who can become a part of their post-treatment support network.
  • Groups provide participants with the opportunity to support others who are in recovery, and to learn how to trust and be worthy of the trust of others.
  • Group counseling sessions help to end the isolation that can often accompany substance abuse and addiction, and can help participants to develop new perspectives on their struggles and new strategies for pursuing a healthier, drug-free future.
  • Groups can help participants to build positive self-esteem and improved confidence.

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Recovering from an addiction to prescription painkillers, heroin, or another opioid is a complex challenge that resists simple solutions. At the Comprehensive Treatment Centers within the Acadia Healthcare network, we understand the necessity of providing a variety of methods, techniques, and interventions to ensure that our patients have the support and guidance they need to end their dependence upon opioids and resume their pursuit of healthier drug-free futures. Group counseling has proven to be an extremely beneficial component of treatment, and we are proud to be able to provide this service to the men and women who choose to heal with us.

For more about group counseling , or to get additional information about any aspect of treatment at a Comprehensive Treatment Center, please do not hesitate to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering your questions and helping you to make the most informed decision for yourself or for a loved one.

This place saved my life. Yes it was hard and yes it took time, but you know it's all worth it if you want to change.

– Jen R.