Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
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 Northeast Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers 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 Northeast Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers.

  • 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 are being vetted and 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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Group Therapy for Opioid Use Disorder

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Proudly serving northern Pennsylvania, our methadone clinics provide adults struggling with addiction the ability to recover from heroin, oxycodone, Percocet, and other opiates.

What is Group Therapy

What is Purpose of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse?

Individuals who are addicted to substances often face a plethora of behavioral, psychological, and emotional issues. In order for treatment programs to be as effective as possible, they must provide programming that addresses all of the issues that have added to the addiction itself. Group therapy is an integral part of effective programming, and can help patients understand why and how they came to abuse substances in the first place.

Group therapy, as the term implies, is a therapeutic experience that includes multiple patients. Small group therapy sessions are led by one counselor, while larger group therapy sessions are held by more than one counselor.

Similar to individual therapy, group therapy plays a vital role in addiction treatment, as it helps patients identify and address the behavioral and emotional issues that have added to their addictions. Addiction hardly ever develops for no reason, as outside factors such as pressure, self-esteem issues, trauma, abuse, mood disorders, and more can add to the development of an addiction. Group therapy offers up a venue to work through and talk about these issues as they pertain to addiction and recovery.

Group therapy is effective for a number of reasons, but especially because of the skills of the counselor who is in charge of the session and the group members who add their insights and experiences to the group. Below are some of the fundamental goals and principles of group therapy:

  • Universality – Alleviating feelings of isolation by highlighting the shared experiences and feelings of group members
  • Self-understanding – Growing insightful to one’s own issues through listening to the struggles and successes of others
  • Interpersonal learning – Expanding one’s education by learning from the thoughts and experiences of others all while contributing one’s own personal testimonies
  • Altruism – Seeing the value of adding to the betterment of others’ lives
  • Hope – Knowing that others have overcome similar battles to one’s own, and feeling like one can accomplish the same achievements
  • Information – Gathering more information regarding the disease of addiction and the recovery process
  • Imitative behavior – Establishing skills that come from watching the positive behaviors of others in the group and the counselor
  • Cohesiveness – Feeling like one belongs, has purpose, and is validated through sharing his or her personal experiences with others in the group
  • Catharsis – Alleviating oneself from the shame and upset that comes from emotional pain by talking about challenges in public
Objectives for Group Therapy

Objectives of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse

At Northeast Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we value group therapy as an integral part of a complete medication assisted treatment program. By joining together counselors and patients in a structured and warm environment, setbacks and achievements can be put into the proper vantage point. Group therapy is effective in providing vital information, support, and therapeutic insights that can improve upon the outcomes of a patient’s participation in a medication assisted treatment program.

There is no one medication or treatment approach that can solve all of an individual’s issues related to addiction. Within a medication assisted treatment program, a comprehensive approach must be implemented so that success can be yielded amongst those who are striving to end their substance abuse. Group therapy is critical to making this become a reality.

If you or someone you love needs group therapy and the other aspects of care that we provide, please contact us right now.