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 Maryland 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 Maryland 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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Individuals struggling with opioid addiction battle psychological, physical, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Treatment centers designed to help individuals overcome these issues have to be effective and guide patients towards addressing each issue as it pertains to their addictions. Through therapeutic interventions, such as group therapy, these treatment goals can be achieved.

What is Group Therapy

What is the Purpose of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse?

Group therapy, a popular form of therapy, brings together individuals to participate in sessions. Sessions that have only a small group of participants generally only have one counselor. However, if a group therapy session has many participants, there will be more than one counselor to help lead the session.

Similar to individual therapy, group therapy works by helping individuals acknowledge and actively work through behavioral and emotional issues that have developed in response to an opioid addiction. An opioid addiction almost never comes to fruition without a number of underlying and/or external causes, such as ongoing stress or a history of trauma, abuse, mood disorders, self-esteem issues, or such turmoil. Through group therapy, patients are given a safe space to discuss these issues and move past them with support and encouragement from others.

Objectives for Group Therapy

Objectives of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse

Group therapy is most effective when counselors are able to guide participants to share their emotions, insights, thoughts, and experiences. Some of the primary objectives of a group therapy session include:

  • Universality – Aiding in the alleviation of feelings of isolation by sharing in experiences with other group members
  • Self-understanding – Obtaining insight into one’s own problems pertaining to opioid addiction through listening to other patients talk about their successes and challenges in recovery
  • Interpersonal learning – Learning from others’ personal journeys, all while sharing one’s own thoughts and feelings
  • Altruism – Understanding the benefits of helping others to improve upon their own lives
  • Hope – Seeing how others in similar situations have overcome challenges that one might possibly be experiencing
  • Information – Obtaining as much information about addiction as a disease and recovery itself
  • Imitative behavior – Acquiring new skills from watching others (such as counselors and other participants) and their positive behaviors
  • Cohesiveness – Gaining a sense of belonging and validation from peers
  • Catharsis – Being alleviated from emotions, such as shame and embarrassment, by sharing challenging experiences

At Maryland Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we recognize the value that group therapy has when included as a part of a medication assisted treatment program. Through the safe and welcoming environment created in group therapy sessions, both counselors and patients can work together to process challenges, celebrate successes, and obtain a strong perspective that allows understanding. Group therapy is an excellent source for receiving information, therapeutic insights, and immense support that can help encourage a patient to continue on his or her path towards recovery.

There is no magic wand that can make an opioid addiction and the issues associated with it go away. It does not vanish via a pill or a therapy session alone. However, when these means are combined with the dedication to recover, patients can achieve lasting results. Programs that provide this comprehensive approach are effective in helping bring about positive change in patients so they can begin living happy, healthy lives. Group therapy is most definitely a key element in an effective medication assisted treatment program.

If you or someone you love is in need of group therapy and the other crucial components of a medication assisted treatment program, reach out to us to get started today.