Randy Withers, MA, NCC, LPCA
Group therapy is an established method of treatment for patients with substance abuse disorders. Auxiliary support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), which adhere to a Twelve-Step framework of recovery, are also frequently recommended as an adjunct to both individual and group counseling. However, individuals with co-occurring disorders – that is, patients suffering from a substance abuse disorder and an additional mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, have additional needs that traditional twelve step programs and substance abuse group therapy do not adequately address. This proposal thus presents information regarding the need for group counseling specifically geared towards patients with co-occurring disorders, its goals and purpose, the theoretical orientation, techniques, and procedures to be used.
Randy Withers, MA is a National Certifed Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPCA) and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS-A) in North Carolina. He specializes in dual diagnosis substance abuse and mental health treatment.