Therapeutic & Skills Training Groups


Therapy comes in many forms. We have a long list of programs built to ensure your time at Abbott House is full of social interaction, community and activity.

Our Recreation and Leisure Activities program is a balance of social, cognitive, spiritual, sensory and physical activities. Recreation and Leisure Services are offered daily to help promote socialization and interaction amongst peers. Examples include daily supervised walking groups, women’s/men’s groups, cooking class, afternoon tea, bingo, relaxation, parties, open creativity, karaoke, chair exercise, etc. Community-based outings are offered every month and shopping outings are scheduled weekly.

Abbott House Therapeutic Groups

Our person-centered approach will help you help yourself to achieve your individual goals. Residents actively participate in creating their individualized treatment plan which will assist individual in setting appropriate, attainable goals. The following descriptions are some of the therapeutic programs that are part of the rehabilitative groups offered at Abbott House.

Feelings Group

Feelings Group is a support group that meets once a week for approximately thirty-minutes. In this group, residents are able to voice emotional difficulties through group discussions and projects and serve as a support system for one another.

Skills Training Modules

These evidenced-based programs are designed to help residents improve their overall level of functioning when used as an adjunct to other treatment modalities. It is an opportunity to gain a better understanding of illness, symptoms and treatment compliance, enhance social skills, develop meaningful interaction and become part of a support system, develop healthy coping skills, and increase independence.

Wellness Group

This group incorporates SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Eight Dimensions of Wellness in an encouraging atmosphere to support an individual’s sense of well-being. SAMHSA defines wellness not as the absence of disease, illness, or stress, but the presence of purpose in life, active involvement in satisfying work and play, joyful relationships, a healthy body and living environment and happiness. The Wellness Group seeks to help create everyday habits that may help improve quality of life.

Smoking Cessation Group

This weekly group combines the components of psychoeducation and support groups. It provides a safe place to share experiences and hear contributions in a confidential and non-judgmental setting with others who have had similar experiences with smoking. This group is designed to provide education to people who are thinking about quitting/cutting down on their smoking and to provide additional support to these individuals. Residents are encouraged to attend this group to learn helpful strategies for harm-reduction and lasting cessation.

Recovery Uncovered

This group is designed to empower residents on their unique journey toward recovery. Recovery can look very different from one person to the next; this group is specifically geared toward residents who desire to leave Abbott House once they have gained the tools needed to be a productive member of the community. The content of the group is designed to motivate participants to think about what recovery means to them. In the group, topics include managing wellness, combating stigma, self-advocacy, assuming control, finding a niche, and others. The group emphasizes what each participant can do to move towards recovery, how markers of recovery can be measured, and how to involve care providers.

Mind-Body Connection

The goal of this weekly group is for members to learn how to incorporate healthful practices into their daily routine. Studies substantiate how mental wellness and physical wellness are heavily correlated. This group provides residents with a safe place to set intentions, practice mindfulness and learn about various lifestyle choices that positively impact one’s mental and physical health. This group is designed to educate residents about healthy practices within a group setting so members can learn from one another and encourages individuals to experiment with these practices independently on their journey of recovery.