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 San Diego CTC Cluster 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 San Diego CTC Cluster.

  • 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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What is Group Therapy

What is Purpose of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse?

Addiction extends beyond the physical act of consuming a substance. Those struggling with addiction must face the behavioral, emotional, physical, and psychological components in order to break free from its chains. For treatment to be fully effective, programs must also address each of these facets in order for patients to have the highest rate of success possible. Group therapy is an effective tool used to accomplish this.

Group therapy is a therapeutic practice that involves the use of multiple patients coming together in a singular counseling session. Group therapy sessions typically utilize one therapist, however, some sessions may include multiple therapists to team up with multiple patients.

The goal of group therapy is to recognize and tackle both the behavioral and emotional aspects that may have aided in the use and abuse of substances. Since addiction is often times caused by stress, mood disorders, traumatic pasts, and self-esteem issues, it is important to understand what caused the problem so that appropriate solutions can be put into effect. Group therapy provides patients the space to safely and openly discuss these topics.

Group therapy pulls its success from both the therapist who is leading the session, as well as the patients who are contributing their personal perceptions, experiences, and opinions. The following are the fundamental goals and philosophies of group therapy:

  • Universality – Lowering feelings of loneliness amongst group members by highlighting the common emotions and experiences between individuals
  • Self-understanding – Acquiring awareness into one’s own matters by listening to other group members communicate their successes and delays in recovery
  • Interpersonal learning – Learning from the opinions and experiences of other group members, while being able to communicate one’s own perceptions and interpretations
  • Altruism – Feeling the importance of contributing to the advancement of other group members’ lives
  • Hope – Realizing that others have overcome issues that one may presently be dealing with
  • Information – Gaining more information about the disease of addiction, as well as the recovery process
  • Imitative behavior – Acquiring new skills and strategies by witnessing the positive behaviors of both the therapist and other members of the group
  • Cohesiveness – Feeling a sense of fitting in, having a purpose, and validation by sharing the therapeutic practice with other individuals
  • Catharsis – Experiencing a sense of relief from embarrassment or other pain by openly communicating one’s personal struggles
Objectives for Group Therapy

Objectives of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse

At San Diego Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we understand the importance of including group therapy into our comprehensive medication assisted treatment program. By providing patients with a safe environment in which to openly discuss their addiction amongst other individuals who truly understand the struggles associated with recovery, patients are able to gain a strong sense of community, support, and encouragement. Our therapist-led sessions allow patients the opportunity to gain insight and information regarding their addiction to help aid in long-term recovery.

Since there is not a singular cure for addiction, utilizing a comprehensive treatment approach allows patients the highest opportunity for a successful long-term recovery. Group therapy plays an essential part in the medication assisted treatment programs offered through San Diego Comprehensive Treatment Centers.

If you or someone you love would benefit from group therapy and the other therapeutic elements available at San Diego Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact us today.