We offer a range of skills and process groups focused on developing the skillset required to address challenges common to most people struggling with addiction.

Participation in these groups is a chance to role play, practice social skills and receive constructive feedback on progress. The power of skills groups is to reduce the feeling of isolation felt by addicts and to provide an opportunity to witness the challenges and successes of others.

We have developed the following skills groups designed to provide maximum long-term benefit. These groups are available at all our locations:

Managing Intense Emotions

This group helps you explore new healthy ways of getting through challenging emotions, learn not to block them and use them as a source of important information in your life.

Goal Setting

The focus of this group is to educate our clients on how to set short and long-term goals, the steps required to complete these goals and how to recognize if they are being met.


In this group, you will learn to recognize co-dependent relationship patterns in your life and factors contributing to them such as excessive reliance on others, overly lax or rigid boundaries, maladaptive communication, intimacy problems, obsessing about others or situations, and control. You will learn ways to develop healthier, rewarding relationships that can enhance your sense of self.

Emotional Regulation

This group helps you explore new healthy ways of processing difficult emotions, learning not to repress them but instead to use them as a source of important information in your life.


In this group, you will learn about the symptoms of anxiety; discover the relationship between thoughts, emotions, physiological sensations, and behaviours; identify the maladaptive ways of thinking that underlie and sustain your anxiety; and develop more balanced ways of appraising situations and better manage anxiety.

Spirituality – “Finding Meaning”

This group focuses on the role of spirituality in recovery and in mental well-being. This group is about finding purpose, identifying core values and examining what spirituality means to you. Spirituality is discussed in an open, non-judgmental space and is specific to each person (for example this could mean nature, spiritual values, family etc.)

Effective Communication

In this group, you will learn ways to identify the factors that can lead you to be more effective at asking for what you need and refusing unwanted requests.

CBT-Based Relapse Prevention

The aim of this group is to help you become aware of your triggers to use drugs or engage in addictive behaviours; to learn to identify the thoughts, emotions, sensations, and behaviours that underlie your urges and cravings to use or engage in addictive behaviours; and to develop the skills to effectively manage your triggers and urges without resorting to substances or addictive behaviours.

Process Groups

This is a self-exploratory group where you and other participants discuss your challenges and receive constructive feedback and support in a trusting and accepting environment. Some of the discussion follows the Skills Group topics. Group members explore various ways of relating to others and learn new interpersonal problem-solving strategies. As individuals increase their self-awareness, they develop new ways of relating and adapting to people, and review progress. Process groups are not offered at Rice Lake residence.

Specialized Groups

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Substance Use

In this 9-week treatment protocol the participants learn to analyze the apparent and non-obvious aspects of the situations that lead to substance use and identify factors that can help clients stay abstinent. Clients learn ways to cope with cravings, develop substance management goals, refusal skills with various people, managing what appear to be irrelevant decisions, develop coping plans and problem-solve. This program also includes a session for significant others to orient them to the treatment, and explore strategies through which they can help the client develop abstinence or remain abstinent.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for Veterans/First Responders

In this 9-week PTSD recovery program, veterans can learn the causes and physiology of PTSD, safety and avoidance behaviour, breathing retraining, relaxation and self- calming strategies, and grounding skills. This group can help facilitate the participants’ awareness of the various ways of interacting with others, thinking errors and ways to manage them. They can develop principles of acceptance.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Depression

In this 9-week treatment program, participants can learn how their thoughts affect their mood. They can develop the capacity to manage their thoughts that contribute to depression and low mood. Participants learn ways to better manage daily activities and social contacts to improve their mood.

Structured Relapse Prevention

In this 14-week group, participants can learn ways to help their mind and body to get healthy. They can develop the skills to manage cravings to use, identify and manage cues that lead to relapses. They gain knowledge of communication skills to manage relationships, reduce conflicts and relapse, stay on track, and develop a new healthier identity.