Treatment & Services

The West End Clinic offers a number of Group Therapy sessions, made available to individuals who wish to participate in education, skill improvement or recovery.

Types of Group Therapy

Seeking Safety

Group treatment for patients who have experienced a traumatic event and are also dealing with substance use or dependence. “Seeking Safety” is an integrated treatment, which simultaneously addresses both post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use.

Group focuses on the present, and helps patients to develop the skills they need in order to maintain abstinence, manage trauma-related symptoms, and advance their life goals. The treatment provides:

  • Psycho-education on both PTSD and substance dependence
  • Safe coping skills that apply to both disorders
  • Exploration of issues related to the concurrent association of trauma and substance use/dependence
  • Emphasis on concurrent healing from both disorders

Currently the group is offered only for female patients.

Tuesdays 4:00pm, West End Clinic
Facilitated by Georgia Stathopoulou, Ph.D.

Anxiety Management

Anxiety and substance use related disorders group: 16 session empirically validated CBT (cognitive behavioral treatment) group focusing on the concurrent treatment of comorbid anxiety and substance use related disorders.

The aim of the group is to increase patients' ability to manage anxiety symptoms so they do not use substances for self-medication. Treatment model is based on the latest research findings on the comorbidity of anxiety and substance use.

Tuesdays 3:00 – 4:00pm, West End Clinic
Facilitated by: Georgia Stathopoulou, Ph.D.

Early Substance Use Recovery Group This is a time limited mixed gender group for adults aged 25 and older who have desire to be abstinent from substances, are in their first year of sobriety, and are trying to repair the negative impact of substances on their lives. The goals of this group are to help individuals achieve and sustain a substance-free lifestyle, improve their overall functioning, and reduce relapse. This group looks to empower the members in the change process as their capacity to understand their issues/circumstances increases. Group relationships play an important role as members attempt to look at their situation critically, problem-solve, change negative behaviors, and learn new positive behaviors. Members can support each other, confront each other, and provide suggestions and ideas from their own fund of experiences. Growth and change occurs through their interactions and these relationships become a vehicle for coping with life transitions, restoring diminished self-concept, and maximizing strengths while promoting health. Membership of the group will be open and members will remain in the group for one year.

Tuesdays, 10:00-11:15AM, West End Clinic
Facilitated by: Marc Bolduc, LICSW, CADAC II


Family Alcoholism Education Series

This is an educational support group focusing on alcoholism and other substance use, and the family.Topics include exploring the disease-model of alcoholism, its effects on children and adult family members, and intervention and treatment.The series is open to patients, family members, and friends who are concerned about someone with an alcohol or drug problem. The group is open to whomever would like to attend, and no formal referral is necessary.

Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:30 PM,
Blum Family Learning Center, White 1
Facilitated by: Maureen McGlame, LADC1 

Finding Balance in Recovery

This is an on-going psychotherapy group for people who have completed the Relapse Prevention Group at the West End Clinic and/or people who are in their first year of recovery, and are looking for on-going support.Group members must be motivated for sobriety, and have approx 3 months sober (this can be reviewed on a case-by case basis.Group members must be willing to commit to one-year of attendance. Admission is on a rolling basis.

This is a process group that focuses on issues that people face in their first year of recovery. Topics and themes include, but are not limited to: interpersonal and family issues, spirituality, learning to cope effectively with your emotions, learning to manage your responsibilities, learning how to manage your free time, and finding a balance between acceptance, and change.

Wednesdays, 12:00pm,
West End Clinic

Facilitated by Karsten Kueppenbender, MD

Long Term Substance Use Recovery Group

This is an open ended mixed gender group for adults aged 25 and older that focuses on the mid to late themes/phases of recovery. The goals of this group are to expand coping capacity, enhance performance, and improve relationships. This is accomplished by promoting self understanding, psychological growth, emotional healing, and true intimacy. The group provides support, structure, and interactional opportunities to experience honesty, pride, spontaneity, acceptance, compromise, and uncertainty. This learning can help the group to exercise its power, make decisions, and develop intentions that support the preferences that are envisioned.

Members examine the effect that their behavior has on others and in turn how their behavior affects them in addition to exploring the cultural and societal forces that have contributed to their substance use. Members work to understand how they defend and react by confronting their attitudes, interpersonal style, communicate needs and express feelings directly and immediately. The role of personal responsibility, informed motivation, and mobilizing resources is viewed as a critical aspect of intentional change as a tool for renewal and recovery.

Membership of the group will be open and members can remain in the group until the problems that brought them to group are resolved.

Mondays, 5PM to 6:15 PM, West End Clinic
Facilitated by: Marc Bolduc, LICSW, CADAC II,

Wednesdays, 4 PM to 5 PM, West End Clinic
Facilitated by: Marc Bolduc, LICSW, CADAC II,

Thursdays, 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM, West End Clinic
Facilitated by: Marc Bolduc, LICSW, CADAC II,

Post-WLS Support Group

Patients who have had weight loss surgery may be suffering from alcohol and drug abuse. Such individuals may benefit from therapy specifically designed to address relapse prevention and promote healthy living.

The West End Clinic is offering a new group treatment for patients with a history of weight loss surgery who are in early recovery. This is an 8 week, psycho-education, support and skills building group. The group will focus on relapse prevention, mindful eating, improving self-care and ongoing stress management. Concepts and techniques from CBT and DBT will be used.

Patients referred to this group should have a minimum of 4 weeks of abstinence from all substances.

Wednesdays, 4pm-5pm, West End Clinic
Contact the group leader: Lisa Du Breuil, LICSW

Readiness Group

The Readiness Group strives to provide assistance to those who are in the very early stages of recovery, including learning how to cut back or quit using substances. The group helps engage people in other West End Clinic addictions treatment and assists in referring to appropriate services, including the Intensive Outpatient Programs. Recommended participation in the group is for 6-8 weeks.

Thursdays 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Jennifer Blewett, LCSW

Relapse Prevention Group

This group is designed to support individuals with a substance use or co-occurring disorder as they transition into “early recovery.” The group will explore critical relapse prevention skills, specifically learning to manage triggering feelings, identify and challenge distorted thinking patterns, and ultimately develop a greater network of recovery resources that will help to reduce the risk of relapse. It is a structured didactic,12 week, rolling admission group that is open to both male and female members. All members must have completed a formal intake at the West End Clinic prior to being considered for the group.

Facilitated by:
Christopher O'Connell, PhD  from 5-6pm on Tuesdays at Wang 8.

Buprenorphine Maintenance Group

Support for patients in recovery from drug addiction who take buprenorphine (Suboxone, Zubsolv) and maintain abstinence from opioids and other substances of abuse.

Mondays, 9:00-10:00 am, West End Clinic
Facilitated by: Karsten Kueppenbender, MD

Wednesdays, 5:00- 6:00 pm, West End Clinic
Facilitated by: Carlos Suarez, MD

Thursdays, 4:-00-5:00 pm, West End Clinic

Fridays, 10:00-11:00 am, West End Clinic
Facilitated by: Nalan Ward, MD.

Additional groups are being planned, please check back on this site for regular updates on new groups being offered that will be accepting patients for participation at a future date or contact the West End Clinic directly at (617) 726-2712.