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CAT’s New Grief Group Addresses Recovery Community Need: People With SUD Experience Complicated Grief at 7x The National Average

Wednesday October 4, 2023

CINCINNATI, October 4th, 2023 – Center for Addiction Treatment (CAT) announces their new Outpatient Grief Group will launch for community-wide utilization on Thursday, October 12th, 2023. The service expansion will employ an evidence-based curriculum designed to close the gap in bereavement care for the 34.2%* of people with Substance Use Disorder experiencing complicated grief.

The 12-week bereavement group exploring grief causation and coping will be available to both current and new patients in order to maximize support for those suffering from the disease of addiction and a grief or adjustment disorder. Assessments are available now for Hamilton County residents and those with Medicaid interested in enrolling who qualify. Financial assistance is available to qualifying Hamilton County and Ohio Medicaid patients that often results in no to little cost to clients.

“Grief is a universal, human experience that occurs after a major loss,” shares VP of Clinical Services, Rachel Johnson, MS, LPCC-S. “Those in addiction or recovery may experience grief in a way that creates a pathway to continued use or relapse, and build upon the initial grief with continued loss, even loss of self. With the Outpatient Grief Group, we use evidence-based methods to (help patients) process and heal from grief, learning to live with grief without using.”

The addition of CAT’s grief group is the latest care expansion to the organization’s Monarch Counseling Center, a centralized outpatient services subsidiary embedded directly on CAT’s campus. The bereavement service’s induction marks the 6th Outpatient program addition to be introduced in under three years since Monarch Counseling Center’s launch.

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About Center for Addiction Treatment

Since 1970, Center for Addiction Treatment (CAT) has provided high-quality affordable treatment for patients with an addiction to drugs, alcohol and/or gambling. As one of the only non-hospital-based medically monitored detox facilities in the region, CAT provides individualized care through short-term residential and outpatient services, medication-assisted treatment, counseling, a continuing care program, an intensive outpatient program, outpatient grief services, a gambling treatment program, and family education services. Today, CAT has thousands of alums who are on the path to recovery and lead sober lives. For more information on treatment for alcohol, drug, or gambling addiction visit


*Source: Is complicated grief a risk factor for substance use? A comparison of … (n.d.).


McKenna Brooks