SUBSTANCE ABUSE GROUP COUNSELING FEEDBACK
Integrity Counseling & Coaching has 7 substance abuse & recovery groups available at 3 locations in Pinellas County. Some of our clients sought treatment because they recognized that they were developing a problem as a result of their alcohol or substance use. Others were referred after an arrest or intervention of some kind. Clients who feel "pressured," "required," "forced," or "coerced" into treatment frequently express in their initial appointment that they do not believe counseling will be helpful, that they do not recognize that their use has been problematic, or that they believe they will do fine without treatment. For many of these clients, their treatment feels like a "punishment" or a "negative consequence." Others believe that treatment will be helpful, but they are frustrated because they have to invest their limited time or financial resources in order to complete treatment successfully. Denial or minimization of a problem with substances is normal, and we respect that some of our clients have very ambivalent thoughts or feelings about treatment. Typically, clients begin to recognize the value of counseling as they engage in the treatment process. Most of our clients complete treatment successfully, and nearly all of them report that the treamtent was helpful for them.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE GROUP COUNSELING EXIT SURVEY
Our groups are designed to recognize each client as a whole, unique individual. We provide a safe, confidential, and nonjudgemnetal envrionment for clients to express themselves therapeutically. We teach clients skills that can be used in multiple areas of their life, not just skills that can be used in relation to their substance use. We assist clients with developing and using adaptive coping kills, gaining insight and understanding about human behavior, enhancing problem-solving skills, preventing relapse, improving or enhancing interpersonal skills and communication skills, building support systems, managing stress and anger, and making and maintain positive life changes.
When clients complete treatment, they are asked to complete an anonymous survey to give us feedback on their treatment experiences. From 2008 to 2009, we collected surveys from 89 clients who completed treatment. Clients were asked to evaluate different aspects of their treatment experience on a scale of 1 to 10. The results show that clients are overhwhelmingly satisfied with their treatment. We are confident that you, too, will find counseling helpful.
CLIENT TESTIONIALS: SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND RECOVERY GROUPS
“It’s good to know that someone is there to listen.”
"It was a good thing to see two points of view about the same problem.”
“I gained a great deal of insight of myself and other problems people have due to our indulgence of chemicals or abuse. I hope other people gain as much as I did. It has helped me know better how to deal with people with dependencies. I will not be forgetting this ever in my life.”
“You got me talking more.”
“I enjoyed our weekly activities; they helped me gain a lot of insight. I enjoyed the experience.”