What Is the Purpose of Group?
  • To provide a safe and confidential group environment
  • To provide education, awareness, and support to each member
  • To deliver a continuum of group programs, matching the clients stage of change
  • To enhance hope for each group member, through utilizing volunteers who can model positive and sustainable change
What Are Some of the Client's Roles in Group?
The process of goal setting begins early in a client's relationship with ADAPT. The most useful group experiences for individuals are goal-focused and time-limited. Without this, people tend to stall in the learning process. Therefore, the continual review of this process is an integral part of the group experience. The following are samples of recovery-based goals:
  • Overcoming problems related to unresolved loss, excessive guilt, repressed anger, and unrealistic expectations of self and of others
  • Learning to cope with feelings (anxiety, depression, guilt, rejection, etc.)
  • Enjoying life without alcohol, drugs, or gambling
  • Developing and practicing new lifeskills, a new lifestyle or new patterns of behaviour
  • Developing a crisis plan
  • Improving interpersonal relationships
Individuals in treatment groups should always be working on building a natural support system into their daily lives.
How Does Group Help Clients Achieve Their Goals?
  • By helping the participants feel less alone/isolate, through exposure to others who are facing similar challenges
  • By discussing problematic situations and feelings associated with old, destructive behaviours, and formulating and adopting new ways of handling them
  • By examining the group process and focusing on feelings as well as behaviours
  • By sharing experiences of success and hope with others
  • By allowing long-term members who are more stable in their recover, to act as role models
  • By offering a safe forum to practice new skills
Curative Factors In Group
In group, a client has the opportunity for:
  • An increased awareness about themselves, their strengths and challenges
  • Recognition of their similarity to others
  • The ability for positive regard, acceptance and empathy for others
  • The ability to see themselves as others see them
  • The skills for expressing themselves articulately and assertively, along with the positive outcomes of doing so
  • The experience of a non-judgemental setting and connectedness with others
  • The development and maintenance of new tools and life-skills
  • A sense of reduced isolation
The Keys to a Client's Successful Group Experience
  • Feeling safe in the group
  • Openness and honesty
  • Developing and re-enforcing a sense of hope


Phase I Group
  • Separate/unique Phase I groups are offered in ADAPT’s Adult Substance Use and Problem Gambling Programs.
  • Phase I is an 8-12 week psycho-educational group for people in the early stages of change with their substance use or gambling challenges.
  • Topics covered include substance use/gambling information, healthy lifestyles, communication skills, coping with feelings and dealing with triggers.
Maintenance/Phase II
  • Phase II offers a weekly therapeutic abstinence-based support group, with the purpose of learning to live without abusing alcohol, drugs or gambling.
  • Participants set goals that support their abstinence and discuss problems and feelings associated with overcoming their dependence on alcohol, drugs or gambling, and maintaining their path of recovery.
Concurrent Disorder Group (Health & Hope I)
  • This Group is conducted in partnership with the Joseph Brant Hospital, the North Halton Mental Health Clinic and Halton Health Care Services (Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital).
  • It is a 10-week psycho-educational support group for people who are experiencing difficulties with both substance abuse and a diagnosed mental health issue.
  • Groups are co-facilitated by a mental health worker and an addictions worker.
Concurrent Disorders Aftercare Group (Health & Hope II)
  • This is an ongoing support group for graduates of the Health & Hope 1 Group

Opioids and Pain Mindfulness Group

Do you struggle with chronic pain and needing to use Opioid medications that are not always effective? Did you know that Mindfulness training and other psychological techniques can go a long way to reducing your pain and increasing your quality of life? Join our 8-week Opioid and Pain Mindfulness Group to learn new skills for dealing with your unique challenges, develop a deeper understanding of your pain, experience meditation and mindfulness exercises and to meet with others who truly understand your perspective and life experience with pain.  To register call 905-334-0417

Parent Education Group (PEG)
  • This is a five-week educational and support group for parents of adolescents who are abusing alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Topics covered include understanding teen and family stresses, information on specific drugs and alcohol, the cycle of dependence, understanding the user, reducing risky behaviour, working towards change and communication skills.

Opioid Friends and Family Group

This is a six week educational group for those concerned about the Opioid use of a loved one.  Topics covered include; understanding addiction, Opioids, building healthy relationships, understanding Opioid withdrawal, treatment options, overdose prevention and self care. Open to anyone in the community.  Call to register at 1-855-211-0898.   Program offered three times per year from 6:30-8:00pm at our Oakville office location.

Family Day Workshops
  • These Workshops are full-day educational sessions for family members of persons with alcohol, drug, mental health and/or gambling issues.
  • The goal is to provide information, hold discussions and support those dealing with concerns for a loved one.
  • Topics include understanding addiction and the impact on the family, common family responses, effective communication strategies and self-care.
(Note: Various Family and Friends workshops are offered based on the nature of the concern. Separate workshops are provided in the Adult Substance Use Program, Youth Program, Concurrent Disorders Program and Gambling Program, to ensure that the family member receives information corresponding to their needs).
Other Groups for Special Populations
ADAPT provides other specialized group services. Some examples include:
  • Probation and Parole Group
  • Know the D.E.A.L. (Drug, Education, Alcohol & the Law): a program for youth directed by the Safe Schools Act, or as part of the Youth Diversions Program
  • Life-skills groups for clients in the Addictions Supportive Housing Program
Community Partnerships/Special Populations
  • Group services for special populations are delivered on an as-needed basis, as resources allow. Often, these involve community partnerships with other social services.
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