Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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 Volunteer Comprehensive Treatment Center 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 Volunteer Comprehensive Treatment Center.

  • 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 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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What is Group Therapy

What is Purpose of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse?

Addiction is a disease that frequently resists easy solutions.

Those who are addicted to opioids suffer from behavioral, psychological, emotional, and physical obstacles. In order to be effective in the recovery process, treatment programs must help individuals work through each one of these issues and assist them in understanding how they contributed/are contributing to addiction. To help this process unfold, group therapy is highly recommended.

Group therapy encourages the continual efforts of those who are participating addiction treatment. Each session is typically led by one counselor, however if the sessions have numerous group members, more counselors will join.

Like individual therapy, group therapy is designed to help patients acknowledge and process the emotional and behavioral impacts that have added to the development of addiction. It is important to understand that addiction hardly develops for no reason at all, as it is often fueled by issues such as unresolved trauma, self-esteem issues, and so on. Within a group therapy setting, individuals are afforded the opportunity to talk about these and similar issues that pertain to addiction and recovery.

Objectives for Group Therapy

Objectives of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse

Group therapy is effective because of both the counselors who lead the sessions and the participation of the patients. The more that individuals share their insights, thoughts, and experiences, the more likely they will benefit. Below are the primary objectives of group therapy:

  • Universality – Relieving feelings of isolation by sharing in similarities with others in the group
  • Self-understanding – Getting a better vantage point on one’s own life through listening to others speak about their journeys
  • Interpersonal learning – Starting to learn from others, all while continuing to share personal insights
  • Altruism – Seeing the benefit of adding to the betterment of others’ quality of life
  • Hope – Understanding that others have overcome addiction-related battles and seeing that you can, too
  • Information – Obtaining a better understanding of addiction, as well as recovery on the whole
  • Imitative behavior – Creating a positive skill set by watching the positive behaviors of others, including counselors
  • Cohesiveness – Sensing a feeling of belonging, which leads to feeling purposeful and validated amongst others
  • Catharsis – Experiencing a sense of relief from negative feelings after sharing individual challenges

At Volunteer Comprehensive Treatment Center, we believe that group therapy in a medication assisted treatment program has great value. Through joining counselors and patients together in an environment that is welcoming, we are able to offer everyone involved with a chance to collaborate in ways that bring about positive perspective and recovery success. Through group therapy, individuals can obtain insights, information, and support that encourages recovery and sobriety.

There is not one easy fix to addiction – including medication. In order to be effective in treating an opioid addiction, therapeutic interventions must be included into an individual’s treatment plan, as doing so has proven to be incredibly successful in bringing about a life free from addiction. As a result, group therapy is viewed as essential.

If you or someone your love is in need of treatment that includes group therapy, contact us right now.