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Group Design – Adults with a Substance Abuse Condition

Group Goals

There are many goals that I can think of that individuals with a substance condition might have. However, I have narrowed the list down to five goals:

  1. Each member will confront difficult issues in his life and learn a technique to handle the issues more effectively.
  2. The members of the group will provide a supportive network for the other members of the group. Members of the group will support each other by listening, caring, opening up.
  3. The members of the group will learn more effective ways to handle difficult social situations. Difficult social situations will be discussed during the sessions.
  4. Each member will complete a relapse prevention plan and share it with the group.
  5. Members of the group will provide constructive feedback to other members of the group.

Group Design – Adults with a Substance Abuse Condition (cont’d)

Session Structure

            Because of the intense nature of the substance condition and because the members will still be early in recovery, there will be three sessions per week. A group of well-functioning adults of higher intelligence will have the ability to stay present during group counseling sessions for longer periods of time. (Corey, Corey, & Corey, 2010). Therefore, the group will meet for three-hour sessions. The initial commitment required for membership of the group will be 16 weeks. 16 weeks gives the group enough time for the members to form trusting relationships and for group cohesiveness to form. (Corey, Corey, & Corey, 2010). Members will have the opportunity to continue their membership with the group for an indefinite period time if they choose to do so. Missing meetings will be acceptable with either a valid excuse or if it is planned in advance.

Group Counseling Design – Adults with a Substance Abuse Condition

Group Selection

The group approach to counseling with adults with a substance condition has been proven to be not only cost-effective, but also powerful and successful. The group approach gives members of the group an experience that cannot be replicated by individual counseling. One reason why group counseling is so effective is because of therapeutic forces, like the instillation of hope, altruism, universality, and group cohesiveness. Another reason why group modalities are effective is due to their success in treating conditions that are associated with addiction, like bipolar, depression, and anxiety. (Treatment, 2005

Population and Participant Number

The people considered as members for this group will include adults, male or female, with a substance condition. The only requirement for membership will be that the individuals are over the age of 18 and they have a substance condition. The type of individuals that will be attracted to this group will be of the middle to upper socioeconomic status, above average intelligence, and most will have at least some college education. For an ongoing group, eight members might be ideal. (Corey, Corey, & Corey, 2010). However, because it is an open group and members are welcome to join at anytime, the number of people in the group will range from six to ten at any given time.

Group Counseling – Adults with a Substance Abuse Condition

In this post I will discuss group counseling with regards to a group composed of adults with a substance condition. I will discuss the group type and where the members will come from. I will discuss why I chose to select the group that I did. I will discuss the member population type and number of participants in the group. I will also discuss the session structure and the goals of the group.

Group Type – Adults with a Substance Abuse Condition

            The group that I plan to facilitate will consist of adults with a substance abuse condition. The members of this group will typically be adults referred from treatment centers. After going to treatment for 30-120 days, group counseling will be the next step in the recovery process. An open group is one where new members are welcome to join at anytime. (Cherry, n.d.). It is best for a person with a substance condition to join a group immediately after being discharged from treatment. Since people are discharged from treatment centers everyday, this will be an open group. Also, having members of the group that are in different stages of recovery is a good thing. This allows people that are new in recovery to be exposed to people that have been clean and sober for a longer period of time. This will give them hope. (Cherry, n.d.) Members of the group will also be referred by transitional sober living facilities.