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Group therapy

This is a very important part of the SADBHAV Therapeutic Model. The groups are formed on the basis of date of admission. All friends admitted on Friday are considered as first week friends. On completion of a week on subsequent Friday they graduate to the second week. Likewise at any given moment we have five groups.We have experienced that this pattern of group formation is the crux of recovery process. During first week our friends are just recovering from withdrawals. Many of them feel homesick. Some of them are in denial. Some of them find it difficult to cope up with the fact of being admitted to a center. So the first week group is more or less experiencing discomfort. Even if the group may include friends from varying financial, educational or intellectual background, they are emotionally at one level, and hence relate to each other. We feel that this emotional cohesiveness works well in the process of recovery.

Our friends graduate to the subsequent weeks and evolve in a wonderful group. Just like defence staff or college students, SADBHAV graduates proudly call each other "batch-mates". The five-week program is designed keeping in view the emotional, cognitive and awareness levels of our friends.

    Initially topics for group therapy are more focussed on information and motivation.
    In the second week they are introduced to first four steps of AA and basic concepts of REBT.
    Third week primarily focuses on emotional problems and stress management.
    Fourth week deals with skills training.
    Fifth week deals with behavioural and cognitive skills to stay sober.

Here is a sample of the weekly timetable for group therapy (This will be effective from February 08, 2012) :

Week Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Monday
1 Introduction to Sadbhav program Self-awareness Here and now Disease concept Introspection and diary writing
2 First 4 steps Rock bottom Perception Slogans Handling emotions
3 Lifestyle Importance of physical activity RET Stress management Abstinence and sobriety
4 Living sober Communication Relapse prevention Goal setting and future plan Character defects
5 REBT Decision making Assertiveness skills Importance of family relationship Follow-up

RET is Rational Emotive Therapy and REBT is Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy