What to Expect

While each patient’s daily schedule may vary, a typical day in the recovery program may include:

Newcomer’s Group
This group is specifically designed for those new to the program or new to recovery. It is an opportunity for patients to understand the program, get to know their treatment team, and to address any concerns, requests or needs.

Goals Group
With the treatment team and care providers, individuals with work with their peers in identifying specific, objective and measurable goals for their recovery. Patients will also discuss and evaluate their progress toward their daily, individual goals.

Each patient has the opportunity to start each new day without chaos or confusion. The time provided allows the individual to spend time in silent meditation, prayer or reflection. It helps to clear the mind, prepare for the days’ activities and focus on the recovery objectives.

Recovery Skills and Coping Skills Groups
Patients will learn and reinforce the necessary elements needed for life-long recovery. Depending on the phase of the treatment, these recovery skills will change and grow over time. The objective is to move the patient to an area of personal responsibility in dealing with their addiction and their disease. Therapists will model and encourage participants to begin living these skills while in treatment so that there is a greater chance of success before transitioning back to work and family.

Process Groups
Group therapy is a proven model that works through interpersonal, relational and social struggles. Sharing a single goal – recovery – participants help each other develop communication and relationship skills in a community of concern and understanding. This setting helps patients develop a shared identity, an allegiance of peers and appropriate attitudes and behaviors.

Therapeutic Assignments/Activities
Assignments and activities are given by the patient’s therapists on a daily basis to address specific needs developed in the treatment plan goals. These assignments include Big Book Studies, as part of the 12-Step Model. Therapeutic assignments help define alternative needs and behaviors, as well as developing new, more healthy behaviors.

This activity is designed to promote private, self-regulation and self-awareness. Done daily, the activity helps patients begin to identify their feelings, express their emotions safely, and to resolve them privately. Therapists are available to help patients process their emotions and to work through any unresolved issues.

Specialty Groups
Lakeside offers a wide range of specialty groups to deal with dual diagnosis, bipolar disorder, trauma resolution, suicide intervention and other mental health issues. Patients will discuss these options with their therapist and will be assigned to a group, based on the recommendation of the treatment team. Lifelong recover begins with a complete understanding and treatment of underlying issues which lead a person to addiction.

Individual Therapy
Each patient will meet with their therapist and psychiatrist in an environment free from accusations or blame. During these times, patients are encouraged and are able to discuss anything and everything that is on their minds. The therapist will address how these issues affect treatment goals, and will work with the individual to develop and explore the root causes of addiction and destructive behaviors.

Family Therapy
Addiction is a disease that affects the entire family. During individual and multi-family therapy sessions, patients and their loved ones examine how addiction has effected relationships and family dynamics.

Recreational Therapy
Patients have a variety of activities that help them identify alternative expressions of feelings through healthy leisure, relaxation and recreation. Under the direction of a licensed recreational therapist, patients will work toward goal-directed thinking and leisure building skills. Patients will also learn healthy, sober leisure activities they will continue as they transition back into work and family life.

12-Step Meetings
From their first day in the program, patients will begin participating in AA/NA meetings that will lay the foundation for a lifetime of recovery and community support. These support groups will evaluate, model and encourage each step of the recover process. It is in these groups that patients form the healthy relationships they need to live a successfully sober life. These groups also form a strong community bond that provides a patient the life-long friendships and support necessary to prevent relapse.

Spirituality Group
On the weekend, patients may voluntarily participate in a spirituality group which may assist them in being able to have comfort and peace when aspects of life are out of control.