Arbour Counseling Services, Norwell is now accepting MBHP patients in its Substance Abuse Outpatient Addiction Program (SOAP) at its site at 384 Washington Street in Norwell. Center Director Mike Gaudet LICSW, LCDP, explained that this approval allows “people who have MBHP to have access to something within their own community that meets their counseling needs for this level of care.” Gaudet said the approval is a great recognition that the need is there.

The Norwell SOAP meets Monday through Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and focuses on relapse prevention planning and group and individual counseling. The skill groups offered include: Relapse Prevention, Early Recovery Skill Building and Recovery Support.

The Relapse Prevention group is aimed at cultivating skills that patients will need to achieve and maintain abstinence. In the Early Recovery Skill Building group patients learn essential skills for establishing abstinence from drugs and alcohol, including the use of self-help and professional services. The Recovery Support group provides program participants the arena in which to share information about relapse prevention with others in the group, as well as receive assistance in coping with the issues of recovery.

Linda Mazak, LADC/1, runs the SOAP, which currently serves 15-20 patients a week. While the program is structured with a written curriculum, Mazak tailors the group to meet the needs of the patients. “The group is very relevant to the patients attending which makes it more interesting,” Mazak said. The group also provides random toxicological screenings and encourages outside support.