Dealing with disruptive behavior

Maintaining the civility, cohesiveness, and engagement of the group is one of the primary responsibilities of the two co-facilitators. All can be disrupted when patients arrive habitually late, use offensive language, hijack the check-in for their purposes, or initiate “drug talk” (the language of drug seeking and getting high). Facilitators will weigh the need to intervene versus allow the group to police itself (the latter is related to group maturity and trust).