Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Allied Health Services of Medford to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

In adherence to the social distancing recommendations provided by the CDC, we have implemented strict protocols at our clinic to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

  • Patients who have active symptoms of illness or a fever of 100 degrees or higher must call ahead to arrange after-hours dosing.
  • The number of people allowed inside the building at any given time is restricted based on county, state, and federal guidelines.
  • The number of people waiting in line is restricted based on county, state, and federal guidelines, and those present must maintain a minimum distance of six feet from one another.
  • To maintain line restrictions, patients are asked to wait in their cars until direction is given.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Allied Health Services of Medford.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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What Is Group Therapy?

What is the Purpose of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse?

Addiction is a complicated disease that refuses to be solved through simple solutions.

Those who suffer from addiction battle against psychological, physical, behavioral, and emotional obstacles, and in order to break free of those challenges, a treatment program must be prepared to properly address each issue that has contributed to the addiction development. One of the best ways to achieve this is through group therapy.

Group therapy joins individuals together to work through commonly shared issues. Each session is typically led by one counselor, given that the group is small. However, if a session has a larger group of people, more than one counselor will help facilitate.

Similar to individual therapy, group therapy is designed to help treat addiction through helping people determine and process behavioral and emotional issues that added to the individual’s addiction. The development of an addiction is often influenced by issues such as past history of abuse or trauma, the presence of a mental health disorder(s), and self-esteem issues. Within a group therapy setting, individuals are invited to discuss these issues and others related to addiction and recovery.

Objectives for Group Therapy

Objectives of Group Therapy for Opioid Abuse

Group therapy is most effective when the counselors who lead the sessions are skilled and the participants are willing to engage by sharing insights, thoughts, and emotions. Below are the primary objectives behind the functionality of group therapy:

  • Universality – Relieving feelings of isolation by connecting with others through similar feelings and experiences
  • Self-understanding – Learning more about oneself through listening to other individuals share their successes and setbacks in recovery
  • Interpersonal learning – Obtaining an education from others while sharing one’s own experiences and lessons learned
  • Altruism – Recognizing the value of adding to the quality of others’ lives
  • Hope – Seeing that others have overcome similar struggles and feeling confident in being able to achieve comparable success
  • Information – Learning about addiction as a disease, as well as recovery
  • Imitative behavior – Achieving a new skill set through watching the positive behaviors of others (including counselors)
  • Cohesiveness – Feeling a sense of belonging and validation by sharing in group therapy with others
  • Catharsis- Experiencing relief from heavy emotions (such as shame) by talking about them out in public

At Allied Health Services of Medford, we recognize how valuable the inclusion of group therapy is in a medication assisted treatment program. Through gathering counselors and patients together in a welcoming and stable environment, we are able to foster collaboration so that challenges and achievements can be put in appropriate perspective and talked through so all patients benefit. Group therapy offers critical information, beneficial therapeutic insights, and extensive support that can help a patient achieve long lasting recovery.

There is no one singular way to help an individual break free from the confines of addiction. In medication assisted treatment programs, combining numerous different treatment elements into a patient’s individual plan has proven to be the most effective way to helping patients achieve success over their addictions. Group therapy is viewed as a key component to that care.

If you or someone you care for is in need of treatment for an addiction and can benefit from group therapy through a medication assisted treatment program, reach out to us today.