Groups are a very important feature of helping people to change.
They can give people the chance to see they are not alone, and that others have similar experiences. Sharing these and talking about ways to cope is what gives people the encouragement to make changes.
Being a member of a group means a sense of belonging and hope. And groups provide feedback, boundaries and reality checks – often difficult to hear – but in a supportive setting these are worked through constructively and with positive results.
Offering access to counselling and group work gives people time to explore their issues and behaviours at a pace to suit them. People often use both types of support, others may choose just one. Whatever option they choose, getting involved in counselling and group work are very effective ways to change drug and alcohol use and associated behaviours.
knowing there are support groups out there when needed takes the panic and stress off me”
Catalyst will always work with the individual to find the best combination of support and activity.
There are several different groups which people can attend. We know this can be a bit scary to start with but our groups are friendly and supportive.
We recognise that drugs and alcohol affect everyone (not just the user) and we are here to help friends and family too. We maintain the users’ confidentiality at all times.
Catalyst offers support groups through SMART Recovery Groups for individuals, which take place in different locations and at different times, to ensure that people can access them easily.
There are also Family & Friends groups which offer those close to someone dealing with drug and alcohol issues an opportunity to talk about their challenges and be supported by others with similar problems. Details of meetings in 2017 are available here. Please note the Staines group is currently on hold until the New Year and a new venue will be confirmed shortly.
everyone listened to my problems”