Types of Group Therapy

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, 12:00 pm, West End Clinic
Facilitated by Karsten Kueppenbender, MD

Smoking Cessation Group

This is a 10-session weekly therapy group aimed at helping patients quit smoking. This skills-based group treatment focuses on four basic areas:

  1. Education about smoking and smoking cessation
  2. Teaching and practicing skills around identifying unhelpful ways of thinking around one’s ability to quit smoking, and learning more adaptive ways of thinking
  3. Identifying high risk smoking situations and teaching and practicing skills around how to tolerate cravings to smoke
  4. Relapse prevention to stay quit

All group members will also have the opportunity to be prescribed the nicotine patch to help with quitting.

Mondays, 1 pm
Facilitated by: Allison Labbe, PhD

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.

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, 5:00-6:15 pm, West End Clinic
Facilitated by: Marc Bolduc, LICSW, CADAC II

Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 pm, West End Clinic
Facilitated by: Marc Bolduc, LICSW, CADAC II,

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

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, 1 pm
Facilitated by: 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.

Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00pm, Wang 8
Facilitated by: Christopher O'Connell, PhD  from

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
Facilitated by Vinod Rao, MD

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

Mind & Mood: A Mindfulness-Based Approach

This group applies mindfulness skills to depression (and other difficult emotions) in support of sobriety from substance use. Mindfulness is the art of paying attention to the present moment in a curious and non-judgmental way. Another way to put this is mindfulness is being present to the way things actually are not the way we wish them to be. In this group we will explore and experience the discomfort of our thoughts and feelings rather than trying to escape or avoid them. With daily effort and courage, we will apply mindfulness-based skills to depression in service of creating a meaningful and hopeful life.

This group will be experiential and we will learn by practicing these skills together.

Tuesdays, 1 pm
Facilitated by: Frank Dibert, PhD

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, 4:00 pm, West End Clinic
Facilitated by Georgia Stathopoulou, PhD & Katie Tompkins, MD 

Anxiety Management

Anxiety and substance use related disorders group: 16 session empirically validated CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) 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, PhD


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.


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