Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
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 Fitchburg 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 Fitchburg 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 are being vetted and 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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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What is Group Therapy

What is Purpose of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse?

Individuals who are struggling with the uphill battle of recovery must address and process the emotional, physical, psychological, and behavioral hurdles associated with their addictive behaviors. In order for treatment be effective, patients must obtain treatment for each of these factors. By including group therapy in a patient’s comprehensive treatment plan those grappling with opioid addictions can progress towards a life free from the abuse of substances.

Group therapy is a therapeutic tool that involves a counselor and multiple participants. Typically, sessions at Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center will use one counselor during sessions, however some sessions may require the assistance of multiple counselors.

As is true with individual therapy, the goal of group therapy is to address the underlying  factors that may have contributed to an individual’s addictive behaviors in the first place. Since external factors such as low self-esteem and stress can often contribute to the development of an addiction, patients must learn how to manage these components without the aid of opioids. Once individuals understand what led them to abuse opioids in the first place, they are able to prepare for a recovered future.

The effectiveness of group sessions depends on the counselor who is leading the group as well as the individuals who are sharing their emotions and experiences. The following are the main goals and principles of group therapy:

  • Universality – Reducing the feelings of seclusion by emphasizing the commonality of emotions and experiences amongst members of the group
  • Self-understanding – Receiving insight into one’s own difficulties by listening to other members of the group share their experiences and feelings
  • Interpersonal learning – Being able to learn from the insights and experiences of other group members, while also being able to share one’s own insight and understandings.
  • Altruism – Experiencing the value of contributing to the betterment of the lives of others
  • Hope – Recognizing that other group members have overcome challenges that one may currently be experiencing
  • Information – Learning more about the disease of addiction as well as the process of recovery
  • Imitative behavior – Developing new techniques and strategies by noting the positive behaviors of the counselor and other members of the group
  • Cohesiveness – Experiencing a sense of fitting in and purpose by sharing the therapeutic experience with others
  • Catharsis – Feeling a sense of relief from embarrassment or other emotional pain by publicly discussing one’s challenges
Objectives for Group Therapy

Objectives of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse

Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center values the importance of group therapy in the treatment of opioid addictions. When patients utilize the tools and treatment provided by our team of dedicated counselors, individuals are able to prepare for a future that is substance-free. Group therapy provides patients with a safe and supportive environment in which to appropriately share their feelings and experiences.

Patients who wish to achieve lasting recovery must realize that there is not a quick fix to their addictive behaviors. However, when a comprehensive treatment approach is taken, individuals will be able to address the root causes of their addiction in order to safely progress towards lasting recovery.

Please contact Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center today if you or someone you love would benefit from group therapy as well as the other treatment options that we offer.