The Grand Group: Alcohol and Drug Harm Reduction

The Wellness Group is an outpatient substance abuse treatment program for Fairfield University students. The group meets on campus twice weekly for 2 to 4 sessions.

The treatment model upon which the group is based is harm reduction, and is for students interested in exploring strategies to reduce the harm that alcohol and other drugs have caused in their lives.

The Wellness Group addresses motivation for change, teaches skills and strategies to reduce risks associated with drugs and alcohol, and provides information about the effects of substance abuse. Group participants are expected to attend between two and four consecutive sessions, participate in group discussion, and complete regular written assignments within the group setting.

Some of the topics discussed in the group are:

  • the decision to address a substance problem
  • the personal consequences of substance use
  • strategies for decreasing or abstaining from alcohol and/or drug use
  • substance abuse triggers and making plans to cope with exposure to triggers
  • isolation and dishonesty that result from substance use
  • peer pressure and peer support
  • the impact of family and significant others on substance use
  • drink and drug refusal skills
  • expectations associated with a new lifestyle based on moderation

For more information about the Wellness Group contact Lisa Arnold, L.A.D.C. at (203) 254-4000 ext.2146.


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