ADGS offers the following group programming:
Skills for Change (SFC)
6 - 12 weekly sessions help individuals increase or maintain their level of commitment to change and develop coping skills while awaiting access to other treatment options. Open admission following group or individual assessment.
Relapse Prevention Program (RPP)
This facilitated weekly group is for people who have received previous treatment for their substance abuse, and believe they are at risk to relapse. The focus of this group is to review, practice, and implement those skills that will reinforce abstinence.
Older, Wiser Lifestyles™ (OWL)
The O.W.L. program is focused on assisting adults over age 55 who are concerned about their alcohol, prescription drug use, or gambling to make healthy lifestyle choices. Participants attend a seven session educational group and many continue in the ongoing O.W.L. Support Groups which meet biweekly.
Skills To Enhance Personal Success (S.T.E.P.S.)
This group program is based on Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). It is a unique program for people who are struggling with changing their behaviours regarding their gambling or substance use.
Family Group (FG)
An education support group in a one day seminar format for adult family and friends of persons experiencing substance abuse and addiction issues. Offered in partnership with Hamilton Family Health Team.
Concurrent Disorders groups:
Healthy Lifestyles Change Group (HLCG)
offers support for those who present with a severe and persistent mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia) concurrent with substance use or gambling with the goal of enhancing skills and reducing relapse potential. Presented in partnership with the Wellington Psychiatric Outreach Program.
Crossing Paths (CP)
uses a cognitive behavioural approach for those affected by mood and anxiety disorders concurrently with substance use problems. Generally a harm reduction philosophy is used to help participants make gradual changes to improve health and lifestyle outcomes. Presented in partnership with the St. Joseph's Hospital Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre.