Relationship Therapy

CALIFORNIA PALMS GROUP THERAPY SESSION

RELATIONSHIP THERAPY (400–499)

RELATIONSHIP THERAPY (400-499)
Group 400 – Relationship Therapy
Group 410 – Sexual Health
Group 420 – Sexual Abuse
Group 430 – Healthy Boundaries
Group 440 – Dating Etiquette
Group 445 – Total Abstinence
Group 450 – Sex and Recovery
Group 460 – Trust Building
Group 470 – Assertiveness
Group 480 – Hypnotherapy
Group 490 – Acupuncture Therapy
Group 495 – Massage Therapy

CALIFORNIA PALMS GROUP THERAPY SESSION

Group 400 – Relationship Therapy: The Relationship Therapy group session teaches the clients how to navigate through intimate relationships which go through major reconstruction during recovery or face collapsing. This reconstruction often involves healing past wounds to the relationship, redefining role responsibilities, altering daily rituals of communication, and developing new patterns of sexual intimacy. It also involves shedding self-defeating patterns of speaking and acting toward one another that have often become deeply ingrained during the addiction years. The client is taught these principles: (1). Individual healing must precede relationship healing. (2). Recovery can threaten an intimate relationship. (3). Relational healing takes time. (4). Relational healing may require outside professional help. (5). Some relationships are not salvageable in recovery.

Group 410 – Sexual Health: The Sexual Health group therapy session teaches clients about sexual feelings, intimate sex, and impulsive sex which can be used and abused in the same way drugs are used and abused. It is possible to become addicted to impulsive sex. The session is done in a group setting where clients share similar experiences. Group members motivate and encourage each other to communicate about their experiences and learn to process their reaction to these experiences. The session is done in a group setting where clients share similar experiences. Group members motivate and encourage each other to communicate about their experiences and learn to process their reaction to these experiences.

Group 420 – Sexual Abuse: The Sexual Abuse group therapy session deals with the very painful topics of rape, sexual assault, and childhood sexual abuse. This session defines these criminal acts and explains the lasting psychological damage that victims may experience. This session also presents information concerning prevention of and treatment for the lasting effects of rape and childhood sexual abuse, and it provides some contact information for groups that can help. The session is done in a group setting where clients share similar experiences. Group members motivate and encourage each other to communicate about their experiences and learn to process their reaction to these experiences.

Group 430 – Healthy Boundaries: The Healthy Boundaries group session encourages sharing feelings and thoughts, honoring your personal values and beliefs even if others may not agree with them and respecting others. The client is taught four steps for creating healthy boundaries: (1) Create a personal bill of rights; (2) Set limits; (3) Be assertive; (4) Respect others boundaries. The session is done in a group setting where clients share similar experiences. Group members motivate and encourage each other to communicate about their experiences and learn to process their reaction to these experiences.

Group 440 – Dating Etiquette: The Dating Etiquette group session teaches the client the proper etiquette of dating. The session is done in a group setting where clients share similar experiences. Group members motivate and encourage each other to communicate about their experiences and learn to process their reaction to these experiences.

Group 445 – Total Abstinence: The Total Abstinence group therapy session teaches clients to understand that they need to stop using alcohol and all mood-altering drugs. The group session teaches clients to understand that continued substance use will cloud their decision making and endanger recovery. The session is done in a group setting where clients share similar experiences. Group members motivate and encourage each other to communicate about their experiences and learn to process their reaction to these experiences.

Group 450 – Sex and Recovery: The Sex and Recovery group therapy session teaches clients to understand distinctions between intimate sex and impulsive sex. The group session teaches clients to understand that impulsive sex can be a form of dependence and can lead to relapse. The group session also teaches clients to appreciate the importance of stable relationships. The session is done in a group setting where clients share similar experiences. Group members motivate and encourage each other to communicate about their experiences and learn to process their reaction to these experiences. Profound friendships are formed during group therapy because many members relate to each other during recovery.

Group 460 – Trust Building: The Trust Building group therapy session forces the client to realize some harsh truths about their past actions, it may be hard to face some of the things we have said and done. This causes most clients to no longer trust themselves, which can be beneficial. The client is taught about triggers, knowing what to say when offered drugs or alcohol, and making sure we nurture their recovery through readings, literature, service work and contact with fellow recovering addicts or alcoholics. More than anything else, their relapse prevention plan is what will allow them to truly trust themselves. The session is done in a group setting where clients share similar experiences. Group members motivate and encourage each other to communicate about their experiences and learn to process their reaction to these experiences.

Group 470 – Assertiveness: The Assertiveness group therapy session gives the clients the tools to become comfortable with taking responsibility for their own needs. Honesty is essential as people learning to communicate assertively have to be forthright but not confrontational. The client is taught several techniques to help those recovering from addiction to communicate assertively. Clients are made to participate in role-play activities, engage in positive visualization and, perhaps most importantly, are given an accepting environment in which they are free to be honest and true to themselves. The session is done in a group setting where clients share similar experiences. Group members motivate and encourage each other to communicate about their experiences and learn to process their reaction to these experiences.

Group 480 – Hypnotherapy: The Hypnotherapy group therapy session teaches clients to overcome negative feelings, destructive thought patterns and bad habits. The instructor will skillfully use hypnosis to teach clients to transform the way they think, feel, and behave to achieve their life goals. The client sharpens his senses, develops their intuition, and increases their self-awareness. The session is done in a group setting where clients share similar experiences. Group members motivate and encourage each other to communicate about their experiences and learn to process their reaction to these experiences.

Group 490 – Acupuncture Therapy: Dr. Andrea D’Amato, a state licensed acupuncturist and chiropractor, is trained in acupuncture and uses acupuncture therapy to heal addiction, trauma and stress. Acupuncture has also been highly effective in relieving clients of certain withdrawal symptoms associated with detox, including nausea and reduction of minor acute pain. Chronic pain causes people to overuse and abuse painkillers to the point of addiction. To break this cycle, clients at California Palms are educated on numerous drug-free pain management techniques, like acupuncture, an ancient Chinese practice dating back thousands of years, acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles in specific locations on the body (and at various depths), including in several key pressure points. Many continue to experience pain relief from acupuncture.

Group 495 – Massage Therapy: Anyone who has ever gotten a massage before knows how effective it can be at relieving pain and stress. For those who have been suffering from drug addiction, which often coincides with anxiety and general distress, experiencing a massage from our therapists might be the first time in a long time that they feel able to relax. Massages have also been highly effective in reducing high blood pressure, improving blood flow and in reducing chronic pain symptoms. Massage therapy can help clients manage the emotional stress of detox. To neglect or harm your body through abusing drugs means to neglect yourself on a fundamental level. By experiencing the physical relaxation of a massage, clients can begin to feel more in touch with their bodies and with themselves.