Cedar Ridge 2022 Service Catalog

Group Services

Cedar Ridge Behavioral Health Solutions offers more groups than any other behavioral health agency in the area. Ongoing Substance Abuse and Mental Health group offerings include:

  • Anger Management
  • Caregivers Support
  • Early Recovery Skills
  • Employment Bootcamp
  • Financial Awareness
  • Healthy Sexual Attitudes
  • Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP)
  • Juvenile Intensive Outpatient Program
  • Mandala (Post-Trauma Group)
  • Parenting Inside-Out
  • Phoenix Mental Health
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Relapse Prevention Maintenance
  • Roots to Rhythm 
  • Thinking For A Change
  • Women's Recovery Experience
  • Women’s Empowerment and Trauma Recovery
  • Youth Mindfulness
Anger Management


Length: 10 weeks 

Frequency: Once a week 

Duration: 60 Minutes 

Admission: Start-of-cycle

The Anger Management group provides individuals with an understanding of core anger management treatment concepts. Specifically, participants will review and learn: events and cues, anger management plans, the aggression cycle, cognitive restructuring, assertiveness and conflict resolution, and anger within the family component.

Caregivers Support

Length: 6 weeks.  Frequency: Once a week.  Duration: 120 Minutes.  Admission: Rolling

Caregiving can be an isolating experience, but you’re not alone in this challenge. There are over 34 million Americans providing unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older. That is why Cedar Ridge Behavioral Health Solutions has designed a Caregivers Support Group for anyone who provides care to someone with a physical or mental illness.

But even though there are many people in our community providing care, when you’re overwhelmed and exhausted by caregiving responsibilities it can feel like you’re the only person dealing with so much. That’s why the Caregiver Support Groups can be so helpful. It is filled with people who are also caregivers and facilitated by a family caregiver.  Being able to talk with others who truly understand what you’re going through reduces stress, validates your experience, and gives connection and support.

The group will meet for 6 weeks on Thursdays from 4:00 until 6:00 PM at the Cedar Ridge office at 841 Steubenville Avenue, Cambridge. Please call 855-692-7247 to ensure your reservation. 

Early Recovery Skills


Length: 8 weeks 

Frequency: Once a week 

Duration: 120 minutes 

Admission: Start-of-Cycle

The Early Recovery Skills Group provides a basic framework to achieve and maintain abstinence from the substance(s) that once consumed the client’s life. Group members learn about issues critical to addiction and relapse, identify and implement basic skills needed to achieve abstinence, become familiar with self-help programs and other community supports, and begin to develop the self-confidence needed to reinforce their recovery.

Employment Bootcamp

Length: Ongoing (Until Employed) Frequency: Twice a week Duration: 120 minutes Admission: Rolling

Environmental and socioeconomic factors such as achieving and maintaining gainful employment often directly impact an individual’s self-esteem, sense of self-worth, mental and emotional well-being, and overall functioning within their environment. The Employment Bootcamp Group is dedicated to helping clients build the skills and confidence necessary to achieve gainful employment and to become a contributing member to both their family, and to society as a whole. Skills such as job searching, resume building, effective interviewing, positive peer relations, and healthy conflict resolution will be developed in a such a way as to eliminate the barriers that stand between you and a satisfying career.

Financial Awareness

Length: 8 weeks Frequency: Once a week Duration: 90 minutes dmission: Start-of-Cycle

An individual’s self-esteem, sense of self-worth, and mental and emotional well-being are often directly impacted by socioeconomic and financial vitality. In this group, clients learn and develop relevant financial skills which enable and promote financial independence such as budgeting, cost/benefit analysis, building credit, debt management, tax-preparation, etc.

Healthy Sexual Attitudes

Length: 12 weeks Frequency: Twice a week Duration: 120 minutes Admission: Start-of-Cycle

This group includes individuals who have been adjudicated for performing a sexual offense in the community. The goals of this group are to help participants develop healthy attitudes towards sexuality and relationships by exploring core issues that would lead one to act out sexually, and to grow emotionally and socially to the end that they will experience a fuller, more meaningful life in the community and come to a greater understanding of themselves. Participants will also learn the value of taking responsibility for their actions and the development of empathy towards others.

A professional certified in dealing with these problems will guide participants through a structured program that focuses on the following topics:

  • Why am I in treatment?
  • My autobiography
  • Understanding denial
  • My sexual history
  • Motivation to do what I did
  • My grooming behaviors
  • What are boundaries?
  • Thinking errors and me
  • Identifying life stressors
  • Understanding my cycles
  • Empathy and what it means
  • Clarification letter
  • My growth plan
  • Covert scripting
  • Who am I? My character traits
  • Healthy sexuality
  • My future, my plan

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Length: 10 weeks Frequency: Three times a week Duration: 180 minutes Admission: Rolling

Cedar Ridge’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is an excellent treatment option for individuals who require more structure and support than general outpatient treatment can provide. Cognitive, behavioral, and experiential treatment methods are utilized to help participants achieve and maintain sobriety. The program uses didactic education and instruction, written exercises, group process interaction through role-plays and discussion, relaxation and visualization exercises, and group-oriented recreational therapy exercises to support adults battling alcohol and drug addiction. This group covers topics such as: basic drug/alcohol education, how substances impact the body / brain, how addiction develops; triggers and cravings, spirituality and mindfulness, managing emotions while sober, effective problem-solving skills, the importance of managing physical health; relapse prevention; and many other biopsychosocial components of recovery.

Juvenile Intensive Outpatient Program

Length: 10 weeks.  Frequency: 3 times a week.  Duration: 120 Minutes.  Admission: Rolling

Our juvenile intensive outpatient program addresses specific needs of adolescents who are struggling with challenges associated with substance abuse, mental health, and life skills. This program is designed to assist adolescents in developing coping skills, mindfulness, emotional management, community relationships, personal support systems, substance education and awareness and relapse prevention.

The treatment model is evidenced based and a combination of nationally recognized programs including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectal behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, psychoeducation for trauma and recovery, and utilizing an eclectic and experiential approach to create awareness of the impact of addiction on a client’s family experience.

Mandala (Post-Trauma Growth)

Length: 8 weeks Frequency: Once a week Duration: 120 minutes Admission: Rolling

The Mandala Group focuses on post-traumatic growth and the concept that an individual can learn from their trauma experience(s) and thereby develop a fuller appreciation of life. Post-traumatic growth may mean: seeing new possibilities for life that were not previously obvious; developing a deeper connection to significant others; or developing a sense of resilience and interpersonal strength as a result of the trauma experience. In this group, participants will learn that they are not alone in their struggle to cope with trauma and will develop supportive relationships with other group members. Additionally, participants will gain a better understanding of the connection between trauma and the brain, as well as the role of resilience and self-empowerment.

Parenting Inside-Out

Length: 12 weeks Frequency: Once a week Duration: 120 minutes Admission: Start-of-Cycle

Justice and CPS involved parents learn a variety of positive parenting techniques they can use. This group utilizes interactive coaching, role-play, journaling and discussion to cover a variety of topics such as: developmental stages; effective communication; problem-solving techniques; various child-centered play techniques; how to provide rewards and consequences; and how to address various challenges associated with parenting. This group satisfies court mandated parenting classes.

Phoenix Mental Health

Length: 12 weeks Frequency: Once a week Duration: 120 minutes Admission: Start-of-Cycle

If you suffer from mental health issues, you are not broken or damaged. You have the right to the same opportunities in life as anyone else. The Phoenix Group was specifically developed for individuals who suffer from a mental health issue, yet desire wellness and a heathy / productive lifestyle. The core concept of this group is to help individuals understand that a mental illness is no different than suffering from any other health issue, be it a heart problem, lung problems or diabetes. This group will break through the myths and stigmas that circle mental health and will help participants to develop a fuller appreciation of life’s value and worth. Additionally, participants will develop a support system in a safe environment and be encouraged to speak freely about their experiences in the community at large.

Participants will learn ways to deal with their illness through:

  • Dealing with the mental health system
  • Identifying useful support systems
  • Managing medications more effectively
  • Becoming an active advocate for yourself

Relapse Prevention

Length: 16 weeks Frequency: Once a week Duration: 120 minutes Admission: Rolling

Cedar Ridge’s Relapse Prevention Group provides those who are in active recovery with the guidance and support necessary to maintain a sober lifestyle. Group members will learn to develop and maintain prosocial relationships with other individuals in recovery; identify and enhance awareness of relapse triggers; and develop tools necessary to sustain life-long recovery.

Relapse Prevention Maintenance

Length: 8 weeks Frequency: Once a week Duration: 120 minutes Admission: Rolling

This group is for individuals who have completed advanced treatment groups, but still require a safe discussion group to continue to practice and develop sobriety skills. In this non-judgmental atmosphere participants will have the opportunity to: act as role models for those that have been in recovery for less time; expand their support systems of recovery; and bring to light other issues related to recovery outside of the regular topics. If you are in recovery with a demonstration of strong clean time and are determined to continue to grow, then this group can help.

Some of the topics that are presented include:

  • The connection between anger (unresolved and current) and relapse.
  • Relationships / codependence and addiction.
  • Control issues.
  • Being an adult child of an alcoholic.
  • Looking out for cross addictions.

Roots To Rhythm

Length: Varies | Frequency: Bi-Weekly | Duration: 60-90 minutes | Admission: Start-of-cycle

A rhythm event is an interactive gathering of people using accessible tools – drums, percussion, and body movements – to build connections, open communications, and increase a sense of individual and group wellness.  

  1. People have an innate desire and ability to express rhythm, and most people, once they've experienced a drum circle event, express great enjoyment and changes in their feeling of personal well being along with their relationships with others in the group.  Group drumming, by its nature, produces balance, harmony and rhythm on both personal and group levels. Group synergy builds results in an effective and uplifting experience.
  2. The mission of our Roots To Rhythm group is to help create a positive path of communication, empowerment, balance, growth, and wellness on both individual and group levels using the rhythm experience as a metaphor of life! The improvisational process in a Roots To Rhythm™ program helps develop essential life skills: listening, connecting with and respecting others, and finding the balance of leadership while also supporting the whole.  Our Roots To Rhythm program is facilitated by a trained and certified HealthRhythms and Rhythm2Recovery facilitator.  

Thinking for a Change

Length: 12 weeks Frequency: Twice a week Duration: 120 minutes Admission: Start-of-Cycle

Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an integrated cognitive behavioral program that is based on the principle that thinking controls behavior. This group teaches participants to be more aware of their thinking and how it connects to behavior. Cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and effective problem-solving skills are the core of this group’s curriculum. Group members will learn skills such as recognizing risks, active listening, how to appropriately respond to anger, negotiating, how to recognize and communicate a problem, effective problem-solving, contemplating consequences, etc.

Women’s Empowerment and Trauma Recovery

Length: 8 weeks. Frequency: Once a week. Duration: 120 Minutes. Admission: Start-of-Cycle

This group is built on principles grounded in strength-based approaches, empowerment, and validation in recovery work with women. 

The trauma recovery approach is based on four core assumptions:

  1. Some current dysfunctional behaviors and/or symptoms may have originated as legitimate coping responses to trauma.
  2. Women who experienced repeated trauma in childhood were deprived of the opportunity to develop certain skills necessary for adult coping.
  3. Trauma severs core connections to one’s family, one’s community, and ultimately to oneself.
  4. Women who have been abused repeatedly feel powerless and unable to advocate for themselves.

This group-based intervention is designed to facilitate recovery among women with histories of abuse.  Emphasis is placed on the development of coping skills and social skills drawing on cognitive restructuring, psychoeducational, and skills training techniques.

Women’s Recovery Experience

Length: 6 weeks (matrix) + 10 weeks (transition) + 12 weeks (relapse prevention) Frequency: Once a week Duration: 120 minutes Admission: Start-of-Cycle

Matrix: This portion of the Women’s Recovery Experience series serves as an introduction to sober living, familiarizes participants with the benefits of treatment in a group setting, and functions as a foundation for which the recovery process can take place in a safe and supportive environment. Here, gender-specific topics and material relevant / essential for women who are learning to live without drugs and/or alcohol are explored and discussed in detail.

Transition Skills: This portion of the Women’s Recovery Experience series provides a treatment alternative for women as they learn and practice early recovery skills. Here, participants will learn about the basics needed to abstain from substance use such as: social networks; support groups; effective communication; coping with stress; planning for future challenges; family recovery issues, support and solutions; and other skills necessary to strengthen and maintain recovery.

Relapse Prevention: This portion of the Women’s Recovery Experience series provides those who are in active recovery with the guidance and support necessary to maintain a sober lifestyle. Group members will learn to develop and maintain prosocial relationships with other individuals in recovery; identify and enhance awareness of relapse triggers; gain a better understanding of co-occurring disorders, multi-addictions, and mindfulness; and develop tools necessary to sustain life-long recovery.

Youth Mindfulness

Length: 8 weeks Frequency: Once a week Duration: 90 minutes Admission: Start-of-Cycle

In the Youth Mindfulness Group participants will develop a better understanding of the factors associated with social and emotional development. In this group, participants will: explore and identify effective skills to improve mindfulness and self-awareness; learn how to effectively problem-solve and implement decisional-balancing skills; will build resilience to stress by identifying and implementing positive and adaptive coping and emotional regulation skills; and will work to develop a positive mindset that supports social-emotional learning.

Please inquire with the closest CRBHS location to you to find out more information regarding these groups and the times offered.