The main priority for someone new in treatment is to identify the denial aspect of their addiction. This process varies from person to person and can take time to work through. The main reason why someone would stay in a denial phase longer is ultimately dependent on their understanding of addiction.
An addict who knows he has a problem might still have reservations in certain aspects so it is instrumental to focus on finding out how they reflect on different areas of their lives. These include financial, social, relationships, etc. Through this, the counsellors pick up vital information to start with their individualised treatment plan.
The second assignment focusses on the client’s life story taking the counsellors, coaches and peers through their personal journey. This is the final step in deciding the readiness for starting the programme and completing the fundamental aspects of the individualised treatment plan.
Individual Treatment Plan and Group Therapy
The treatment plan consists of goals and objectives which are measured by indicators formulated between the client and counsellor to measure progress. This is where clinical disciplines are used to teach and equip the client with tools for effective changing of behaviour and thinking.
In combination with the individualised therapy sessions, clients are exposed to group sessions where they interact with counsellors and peers about various topics related to addiction and the treatment thereof. Most groups are based on clinical disciplines such as cognitive behaviour therapy.
The 12-Steps Program
With the introduction of The Twelve Steps, the client is thrust into multi-faceted aspects of their life in addiction. A recovery coach guides them through these steps to break through common barriers that exist in their lives.
Step One works on the powerlessness they have over their addiction and that their life has become unmanageable. It delves into the mental obsessions of addiction.
Step Two and Three deals with the self-righteousness and defiance one shows and moves on to discovering something greater than themselves that can restore them to sanity.
Step Four is crucial as it looks at the resentments that have been created and making a moral inventory of their lives. It is to notice their liabilities which is dealt with in a safe environment and helps them identify behaviour patterns causing a continuous relapse.
In Step Five they admit the exact nature of their wrongs. They lose the sense of isolation, receive forgiveness and give it, learn humility, gain honesty and realism about themselves.
Step Six ensures spiritual growth by recognising the difference between striving for objective and perfection.
In Step Seven they humbly ask for their shortcomings to be removed. What is humility and what it means to them?
Step Eight starts with making a list of people they have harmed and be willing to make amends to and in
Step Nine they are now ready to make amends.
Step Ten is done once Step Work is started. This is a daily inventory of areas of their life where they are encouraged to do self-searching through their journey of recovery.
Step Eleven is guiding them through recovery in prayer and meditation. The emotional balance is their first result. Meditation is a daily practice at the facility and clients are taught how to calm their minds in an attempt to restore emotional balance.
Step Twelve teaches them to recognise a new state of consciousness and reaching out to others still suffering from addiction. Understanding that their outlook upon material matters changes and feelings about personal importance.
Life Skills Training Qualification
With the secondary programme, clients have the opportunity to engage in an accredited life skills training qualification. The modules chosen serves a dual purpose as they can be used for personal and working environments.
Workshops and lectures are built into the program. If the client is committed to complete the qualification, we will arrange for a mentor to assess his assessments and obtain his certificate from Services SETA. This is a recognised NQF 4 qualification. If the client does not finalise all the modules, he/she will still obtain a certificate of attendance that can be attached for employment applications.
Near completion of the programme, counsellors initiate an aftercare plan that acts as an agreement between the client, family and counsellor. Focus is placed on accountability, compromise, attitude and lifestyle that needs to be maintained in early recovery.
Addiction treatment does not end after the inpatient programme. Taking measures to live a sober lifestyle is a long-term commitment. We need to understand that due to the nature of the illness, long-term substance abuse can, in some cases, alter the normal functioning of the brain.
These changes do not instantly reverse once use ends. It is crucial for residents to understand that routine, relationships, certain social aspects, employment and finances need to be addressed and to an extent monitored to increase their chances of staying sober.
Triggers are addressed as well as behaviours, boundaries and consequences if the agreement is not met. These agreements are merely a means to assist them in transitioning into their new sober life with new habits and new ways of thinking more successful with less risk of relapse.
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