DIAGNOSIS: Substance-Use Disorders

TREATMENT: Group Drug Counseling for Cocaine Use Disorders


  • Basic premise: The GDC treatment educates clients about important concepts in addiction recovery and provides a supportive group atmosphere in which members can ex- press feelings, discuss problems, and learn to draw strength from one another. GDC uses a psychoeducational format, but it also relies heavily on group support. The revised GDC treatment manual proposes a 3-month group program designed to educate clients about the important concepts in addiction recovery, strongly encourage participation in 12-step programs, incorporate relapse prevention techniques and provide a supportive group atmosphere in which members can express feelings, discuss problems and learn to draw strength from one another.


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