At The Washton Group, we offer several specialty groups that can work as stand-alone treatment or in parallel with individual therapy to create an enhanced level of care that is more structured and comprehensive. These groups are for motivated high-functioning clients grappling with alcohol, opioids, cocaine, or other substances. Groups meet once per week in the evening and typically include 6-8 members.
Among the distinguishing features of our groups that set them apart from standard outpatient treatment programs in Princeton and Manhattan are:
- Our groups are designed specifically for high-functioning adults, including executives and professionals
- The groups incorporate scientifically-supported treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and other techniques shown to be effective in producing positive change
- We offer both harm reduction and abstinence-based groups to accommodate clients with different substance use goals
Alcohol Moderation and Harm Reduction Groups
This group is for individuals who want to reduce their drinking to safer levels to avoid negative consequences and improve their overall health. The primary goal of the group is to eliminate harmful or risky drinking. The group is ideal for problem drinkers who are not dependent on alcohol or other drugs, including those in the early stages of acknowledging that drinking is problematic. Using a toolbox of evidence-based harm reduction and cognitive-behavioral techniques, the groups provide an empowering, supportive, non-coercive forum in which participants can learn how to accurately assess and monitor their alcohol intake and its consequences, set realistic goals, enhance and maintain their motivation to change, implement self-control strategies, and learn how to drink more moderately or come to grips with stopping completely. The group also provides an opportunity to identify and address stressful life circumstances and emotional issues that may be driving an individual’s problematic drinking and/or other “self-medication” behaviors. Clients who do not wish to join the group due to practical or other considerations, can receive one-on-one help with moderate drinking in a series of individual sessions scheduled by appointment.
Abstinence-Focused Relapse Prevention Groups
These groups are for clients whose goal is to stop using alcohol and/or other substances. This includes those who are actively trying to take a break from substance use, those who have already stopped on their own, and those who want to maintain abstinence and prevent relapse following completion of an intensive inpatient or outpatient program. These groups teach a variety of relapse prevention skills, including how to identify early warning signs of the relapse process; how to safely avoid or cope with “high risk” situations; how to respond to cravings, urges, and social pressures to use; how to cope adaptively with uncomfortable emotions and mood states; and, how to counteract the gravitational pull to use alcohol or drugs again.
Women’s Support Group
This group, led by Dr. Lori Washton, provides a safe supportive environment for women grappling with various issues that may include substance use, self-esteem, relationships, parenting, and balancing the demands of work and home life, among others. While specific concerns and goals may be different for each member, the group seeks to help all members gain a more nuanced understanding of how certain thoughts and emotions drive unwanted problem behaviors and relationship dynamics; and, to acquire better coping and problem solving skills to enhance life satisfaction.
To find out more about groups in Princeton and Manhattan, please contact us today. You can reach us by phone or by filling out the contact form.