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Outpatient Groups

We provide continuous care treatment options through groups, individual and family education, and community connections.

Our approach to outpatient care is to provide continuous care treatment options through groups, individual and family education, and community connections.

We strive to decrease or eliminate relapse that results in readmission to treatment by creating a robust web of treatment providers and services at SunCloud and in your community. We are unique in that we work with our patients to create and adapt an individualized, continuous care plan, based on their ongoing needs and treatment goals.

Kim Cimino, LMFT and Lauren Pace, DO discuss the importance of family involvement and family therapy for loved ones, families and patients in recovery

VIDEO: What is a process group and why does SCH place emphasis on this modality?

Dr. Marcia Nickow, PSY.D., CADC, CGP, Organizational and Senior Clinical Adviser at SunCloud Health, discusses why SunCloud’s treatment model places a lot of emphasis on process groups and what it indicated about its participants.

Process Group
Process group provides a therapeutic group space for patients to engage with peers and group leader(s) for support with any active symptoms they are experiencing (urges to use addictive behaviors, relapse into restrictive eating, binging, substance thoughts/urges, other forms of self-injury/self-neglect, struggles with engaging community peer support through 12 step or other meetings, barriers to obtaining a sponsor, anything that is actively interfering with the therapeutic community, etc). Process group also is a space to explore emotions relating to previous and current traumatic experiences that continue to cause distress in members’ lives. Through peer engagement and experiential processing, patients will begin to heal childhood wounds through corrective experiences with group members and facilitators. Patients will learn to identify emotions as they arise in the moment, and work through the discomfort of feeling a range of emotions while being witnessed by others. Group members will engage with each other to support each other in engaging in recovery and skill-based activities outside of programming and on the weekends.

VIDEO: How has community impacted your own recovery?

Kimmy Haynes, Community Outreach and Alumni Coordinator at SunCloud Health, describes the impact that community has had on her own recovery.

Group Goals: Patients will feel more comfortable with themselves mentally and physically. Patients will improve their ability to communicate directly and effectively, gaining a stronger sense of integrity and self-worth. Patients will experience support and empathy from peers and staff in order to build stronger connections and practice vulnerability. Patients will practice being honest about struggles. Patients will get to explore recurring patterns of behaviors and thoughts about their place in the world, their relationship with peers, with authority and with themselves. Patients will be able to speak to recovery interfering behaviors they experience themselves, and any that they experience or witness in the community or in peers. Read more about the power of the group at SunCloud Health, and the value we place in group therapy.

Individual psychotherapy is provided on an ongoing basis to those who would benefit. Each of our respected and caring therapists bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in the treatment of addictions, trauma, mood and eating disorders. All of our therapists are relationally oriented and highly trained. Our clinical team utilize a variety of treatment modalities including Somatic Experiencing, DBT, ACT, Client-Centered, Mindfulness, and specialized addiction treatment.

Group psychotherapeutic work is a pillar of our outpatient services. Most groups are open-ended with some designed as series to offer particular therapeutic skills. We strive for experiential, process and insight orientated group spaces, that are safe and recovery community driven.

We found this quote and article published by the The American Journal on Addictions, to be quite profound on the ability of social engagement to change lives.

“While it is crucial to deliver effective medications more widely and effectively, as well as to develop new medications that can treat a wider range of substance use disorders, we may not solve the current opioid crisis or prevent future crises without additionally addressing issues of isolation and other social stresses in our physical and virtual communities.

Addressing isolation should be a central focus for clinicians, both through utilization of behavioral treatments that focus on social reinforcement and encouraging patient engagement in recovery support services that foster social connection and mutual aid.” 

Read more – The Potency of Social Versus Drug Rewards


Recovery Growth for Women with Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS, MD (adult women), Northbrook
An ongoing process group for women at any stage in recovery. This supportive space is for anyone in the recovery process whether it be with an eating disorders, substance use or any compulsive behavior. This group includes medication management.

Recovery Group for Men with Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS, MD (18 and over), Northbrook
Participant are welcome at any stage in their recovery, may be experiencing other compulsive behaviors including substance use or self-injury and is inclusive to men over 18.  This group includes medication management as needed.


Addictions, eating disorders and psychological trauma impact entire family systems. Frequently, the families develop dysfunctional roles, enmeshed boundaries, intimacy fears and unhealthy communication patterns.  This weekly multifamily group provides a safe therapeutic space for family members of people receiving or considering services at SunCloud Health to embark on their own journeys, with authenticity and transparency.

Families consciously and unconsciously transmit destructive coping strategies, such as addiction, to the next generation. Thankfully, transformative recovery experiences can be passed on to up-and-coming generations, creating cultures of resilience for family members in place of cultures of despair. This group will offer the possibility of recovery from codependent behaviors as well as life-changing explorations for all participants.  It will also provide a forum for families to share in their experiences, and to learn from others on how to both heal themselves and support their loved ones in their recovery.

Group sessions are offered to families with a patient at SunCloud at no-charge.

Please call us or email us if you are interested, (866) 729-1012 or [email protected]

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