Licking County Alcoholism Prevention Program

Serving The Community Since 1968

Women’s Gender Specific Services


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In addition to the assessment and individual sessions, most clients in the Women’s Gender-Specific Services Program will be directed to one or more of the following groups:

Contemplation Group: This open group is for women who are not aware of the extent of problems created by their use. In the group, self-assessment is utilized to help the women realize they might be experiencing problems with Substance Use Disorder and/or Mental Health issues (Alcohol/Drugs). This group introduces women to the stages of change, the group process, expectations, and encourages participation in group discussions. The clients are in the Contemplation stage of change. It meets twice a week for 1.5 hours.

Women’s Addiction Recovery (WAR) IOP: A gender specific, closed group, intensive program for women diagnosed as substance dependent. It meets three times per week, for five weeks. It is based on the Matrix Model curriculum that addresses the dynamics and impact of addiction on the brain, identifies internal and external triggers, and behavioral/thinking errors. It is designed for women with a diagnosis of alcohol or other drug dependency and assessed as needing a highly structured program to support the recovery process. Multiple life problems including; mental health, trauma, arrest, employment, health, and relationship issues are integrated into the group process. Discussions focus on developing skills to cope with thoughts, emotions of (shame, hopelessness, worthless), and behaviors in recovery while becoming more self-aware. The clients are in the Action stage of change. It meets 3x a week for 8.5 hours, per week.

Women’s Action Group: This open group is a gender-specific, Action stage- of- change based group. This group is based on the Matrix Model curriculum. Information presented addresses; the identification of triggers, behavioral and thinking errors, introduction and development of skills to remain sober, relapse prevention planning, encourages increases in self-awareness, presents basic skills in managing emotions and thought processes, basic communication skills, and encourages beginning spirituality. Mental and emotional health issues are fully integrated into group exercises and discussions. Women in this group have been identified as substance dependent, but do not present with an overly- lengthy history of use, and are in the Action stage of change. It meets one time a week for 2 hrs.

Getting Ahead in Recovery: This group is for women who have completed the Women’s Addiction Recovery group, a Women’s Action Group, or another IOP, CBCF, or in-patient program. Clients will benefit from a structured atmosphere to build upon the integrated recovery skills they have already learned. While the core of this group is still the Matrix Model curriculum, it also focuses on practical skills for overcoming barriers to success, such as budgeting, relationship skills, careers, changing habits, and building quality of life through increasing sober supports and recreation. Clients are in the Relapse Prevention stage of change. It meets one time a week for 1.5 hrs.

Anger Management: This open group is for women who are in the Action and/or Maintenance stages of change. This group focuses on assisting women in understanding how thinking and behaviors interfere with anger management and therefore recovery. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques are utilized throughout this group. Through group discussions, homework assignments and goal setting, clients learn to focus on a holistic and balanced approach to their recovery, reducing anger episodes and also greatly reducing the potential for violence in their lives. Participants learn a specific set of skills for raising self-awareness regarding anger and the emotions behind their anger. Conflict resolution skills are taught and practiced. Group meets one time a week for 1.5 hrs.

Relationships – Past, Present and future: This is an open group based on family systems theory, focused on identifying family patterns which have shaped clients and influenced both their addictive behavior and their current relationships. Clients learn to understand how their family functions, the role they have played, and how this has shaped their behavior, relationship patterns, and addictive or mental health symptoms. Besides learning the basic concepts of family symptoms theory, clients develop their own genograms and present them. Significant emphasis is laid on developing healthy boundaries in this group. Clients are in the Action, Relapse Prevention or Maintenance stage(s) of treatment. The group meets weekly for ten weeks, 2 hours per week.

Love of Letting Go Group (Trauma Focused): This group educates and supports women who have experienced trauma and substance abuse in their lives. This treatment is based on five central ideas: (1) safety above all (2) Integrated treatment of PTSD & substance abuse. (3) focus on ideas (4) cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal and (5) compassion. It teaches women specific techniques to gain healthy balance in their daily lives. The eclectic curriculum is draws upon Seeking Safety, Growing Beyond Survival, TREM, and TAMAR. This approach address issues of physical, sexual, and or emotional abuse in a population of vulnerable women who have histories of substance abuse and/or trauma related concerns. This group emphasizes survivor empowerment with peer support in a structured environment for healing. The approach teaches; self-soothing, recognizing social boundaries, enhancement of coping skills and helps women to learn the steps of problem solving. Women are in the Action and Maintenance stages of treatment. This group is 12.5 weeks, meets two times per week, for 2 hours each session.

Helpful and Unhelping Thinking Group: This is an open group that addresses thinking errors leading to relapse in criminal and/or addictive behaviors. Impulsivity in decision making is reduced as clients become aware of their thinking processes and are taught skills such as “T-charts”, and how to slow down and examine the pros/cons of a decision. Client belief systems are addressed and explored to determine irrational beliefs and thoughts, and to replace these with rational, productive beliefs and thoughts. Clients are taught how thoughts, emotions and behavior are tied together. The group meets once per week for 1.5 hrs.

Women’s Grief Group: Women’s Program offers a once per week, 2 hour, closed group that addresses the dynamics of grief and how grief impacts recovery in AoD as well as co-occurring mental health conditions. This is an Action to Maintenance stage group for women. Participants are given education about the grief process in order to take away some of the reluctance for doing the grief work. Support for experiencing the dimensions of grief is offered and women are encouraged to share their stories in order to maximize benefits from the support. Such sharing in the group setting also raises self-awareness in grief and can facilitate healing. Pro-actively healing from grief is an important relapse prevention component in recovery from both AoD and mental health conditions. Women are taught tools and skills for turning the pain of grieving into something meaningful in their day-to-day experiences. Linkage for community support is also provided.