When individuals, families and communities are educated about mental health and addiction,
LIVES ARE SAVED.
iTreatment specialists regularly facilitate a variety of online groups that address issues important to addiction and recovery for both the client and their families. The groups are educational and interactive, allowing participants access to the most up to date information, as well as opportunities to ask questions and hear from others who are dealing with similar concerns.
iTreatment psycho-educational groups are open to everyone.
To register for one of our psycho-educational groups check out our Calendar of Events, our Online Store or Contact Us.
Please see below for brief descriptions of our currently available groups:
- THE DISEASE OF ADDICTION AND THE FAMILY
Addiction has been identified as a neurological disorder for many years. The idea that addiction is an incurable, chronic, progressive and potentially fatal disease is widely accepted. Although there is no known cure for addiction, it is possible to live a long happy life without being controlled by the symptoms. This group, appropriate for both the client and the family, will provide its participants with insight into the physiological, spiritual and social impact of addiction as well as the impact the disease has on the family unit. Both the client and the family will learn how to heal from Addiction. Participants will learn how to develop an individualized treatment program and build a support network. Participants will also be provided worksheets and video resources.
The physiological experience of fight or flight; feeling overwhelmed and afraid at a chronic level; rumination of fearful thought patterns; low self-esteem eventually leading to isolation. If anxiety is not dealt with properly, it can cause havoc in our lives. This group is all about the origins and healing of anxiety.
This group focuses on the exploration of how we learned to have our needs met as children, how those beliefs contribute to how we value ourselves today, the boundaries we have, the relationships we engage in and how we experience our emotions.
This group will explore the ultimate manner in which we establish self-care: the boundaries we have in our life.
The behaviours we have that result in minimizing our own needs; serving others ahead of ourselves to feel good about ourselves and "needed"; enabling behaviours that prevent awareness and acceptance of dysfunction in relationships; feeling leveraged out of a pathological fear of being alone. Codependency is the avoidance and betrayal of self.
- DEVELOPING STRUCTURE
In this group we discuss the importance of developing a balanced and efficient routine in your recovery. Through discussion on the “fundamentals” of recovery, developing a weekly schedule that balances all aspects of your life, and the practice of a “Weekly Review". We want to get you on track to accomplish what you need to do on a daily basis for your health & well-being.
- FUNDAMENTALS OF RECOVERY
This group explores the simple slogans and philosophies that recovery support groups have been using with great success for more than seventy years. Participants will gain knowledge as to why these support groups have been successful for millions of people suffering from addiction, and why connecting with others with similar experiences can help eliminate the shame and fear associated with addiction. Participants will also be provided with worksheets and video resources.
During this group participants will examine the multiple causes of grief in addiction and recovery. This includes death and non-death loss. We will explore the different ways of managing grief in healthy ways that brings about healing.
- HABIT DEVELOPMENT
This session is about making positive changes in your life and sticking to them. Building new routines and implementing new, positive habits in the place of old, negative ones is crucial to having a successful recovery program. Whatever it is that you want to achieve, we give you all the tips, tricks and research behind how to more easily install, and more importantly continue, new habits so they become automatic and a part of your identity. Habits, routine and structure are so important to recovery and leading a happy and serene life.
- INTRO TO HYPNOSIS
Learn what hypnosis is and is not, when and how it works, and whether it is potentially very useful to you. We will do some light hypnosis exercises.
- POLYVAGAL THEORY
This theory is about how our nervous system develops and influences our beliefs in safety and trust with others and the world at large. Recognizing factors that historically contribute to patterns of behaviours and the physical manifestation in the body somatically, we operate on a spectrum of protection to connection.
- RELAPSE PREVENTION
This group will help clients and their families gain an understanding as to the factors contributing to relapse as well as developing skills necessary to prevent future relapses. We will focus on relapse as a chain of events and help participants identify triggers, warning signs and adopt corrective behaviors, including how to deal with cravings and urges. Participants will also be provided informational handouts, worksheets and video resources.
Participants in this group will examine the role of self-talk as the underpinnings of self-esteem and self-compassion, both of which are critical for recovery and overall positive health.
- SPIRITUALITY & RECOVERY
In this group, Erika shares how to incorporate spirituality into your recovery through guidance, practices & exercises that can be easily understood and applied to your life. Whether you're new to spirituality, or been at it for a while, this group will help in cultivating, deepening and nurturing your own Spiritual connection.
Our focus is reviewing the multiple sources that we can experience trauma from and how it affects our physiology and our beliefs. Exploring elements of PTSD and C-PTSD and the effects on emotions, boundaries, relationships, self-esteem, and how we relate with others and the world at large.
- 12 STEPS
For more than eighty years the principles of the twelve steps and the twelve step fellowships have been the most reliable resource available for those struggling with addiction. However, for some people the language used and the religious “flavour” tend to be barriers. This group will examine the twelve steps and show the participants how they can be easy practical principles of living regardless of your spiritual beliefs. Participants will be provided informational handouts, worksheets and video resources.
STAY TUNED, MORE GROUPS COMING SOON!