Outpatient Group Therapy

“Members of a cohesive group feel warmth and comfort in the group and a sense of belongingness; they value the group and feel in turn that they are valued, accepted, and supported by other members.”

Irvin D. Yalom

Group therapy is a key support in many people’s recovery from substance use disorder. Trained staff at The Doorway can match you with the best supports for your needs.

Call us at 603-354-6675 for an appointment with a clinician to learn more about group therapy and assess if it is a good support for your recovery.

The Doorway's support groups

DBT skills

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a modified type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others. The group is divided into 4 modules, which include Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

Men’s group

Men and women experience addiction differently. National data shows that gender is an important factor to consider when examining patterns of substance abuse, including overall prevalence rates and substances of choice. For example, men are more likely than women to report marijuana and alcohol use, whereas women are more likely than men to report non-medical use of prescription drugs.

Men and women also differ in terms of why they started using drugs or alcohol in the first place. Men tend to start engaging in substance abuse because of the perceived benefits they hope to gain from it, such as better concentration, increased sociability, and even improved sex drive/performance. This group uses evidenced-based practices to address men and their SUD recovery.

Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

Moral Reconation Therapy is a systematic treatment strategy that seeks to decrease recidivism among criminal offenders by increasing moral reasoning. Its cognitive-behavioral approach combines elements from a variety of psychological traditions to progressively address ego, social, moral, and positive behavioral growth.

The term “moral” refers to moral reasoning based on Kohlberg’s levels of cognitive reasoning. The word “reconation” comes from the psychological terms “conative” and “conation,” both of which refer to the process of making conscious decisions. MRT leads to enhanced moral reasoning, better decision-making, and more appropriate behavior.

MRT - Domestic violence

This MRT group is open exclusively to those who have a history of perpetrating domestic violence. The book follows the MRT Steps and also has sections covering the issues of power and control. The book is used with many domestic violence programs as the primary treatment method. MRT meets most state requirements for domestic violence treatment programs and is approved by most states for use with such programs.

The program is divided in 24 modules with each module completed in a group session. Participants complete homework for each module prior to coming to a session.

Women’s group

This women’s group utilizes evidence-based programs and integrates theories of women’s psychological development, trauma, and addiction to meet the needs of women with substance use disorders. The group identifies triggers for relapse: self, relationships, sexuality and spirituality. They include issues of self-esteem, sexism, family of origin, relationships, domestic violence, and trauma.

Yoga for recovery

Yoga for Recovery is a group held at Mudita in Keene, led by a certified yoga instructor. Yoga can be a helpful practice used to prevent relapse, reduce withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings, and provide a healthy outlet to cope with potential triggers and daily life stressors. Yoga can help people in recovery learn how to calm themselves without the use of alcohol or drugs, in addition to improving mental and physical health.

These support groups are by clinician referral only, not drop-in. To learn more

Call a clinician at 603-354-6675