There are many competing theoretical approaches to drug addiction treatment/rehab. Some use behavioural approaches (where undesirable behaviour is punished and recovery behaviour is rewarded). Other drug rehabs use a purely medical approach, preferring to use a great deal of medication to try and treat the disease of addiction. The most modern, and internationally accepted, approaches to drug rehab use a blend of approaches to address all facets of addiction and recovery. Minnesota House employs this model of treatment (and is even named for it) and our Head of Treatment holds an international accreditation in this model.
| Holistic Treatment
Instead of relying on just one treatment method a more holistic approach to treating substance abuse disorders is employed in SCTI. We typically create a treatment team that includes medical doctors, addiction counselors, social workers, and psychologists. These professionals are working to bring their unique insights and training to create a holistic understanding of the patient. Because of this rich understanding treatment becomes a great deal more effective.
Treatment and Rehabilitation Program
About the treatment an addict is a sick person and needs humanistic treatment. Our 90-day Treatment Program for drug and alcohol addiction is the minimum required treatment program at Safe Care Trust International and serves as the cornerstone for maintaining sobriety. Our 90-Day Program is segmented into three 30-day “Stages”, each covering a unique range of appropriate topics and protocols. Over the course of the next 90-days, Clients are presented with an intensive daily regimen which takes place at the Skill House. The schedule includes group therapy sessions that focus on Early Recovery Skills, Relapse Prevention Skills, and Social Support in Recovery. Group therapy sessions run 1.5 hours, include up to 12 Client participants, and follow a curriculum-based process and problem solving approach. Individual counseling sessions run 50 minutes, though shorter sessions may be scheduled as a function of the Client’s needs or his counselor’s request to provide additional support or crisis management.
Treatment of drug addicts is done in three stages:
The first 30-days of this core treatment program is referred to as “Stage 1”. It begins with an initial overall assessment and stabilization period. During this time our clinical team establishes a formal Individualized Treatment Plan for each Client while seeking to identify the core issues contributing to the addiction and any stumbling blocks to a lasting recovery.
Components of Stage 1 include:
The next 30 days of treatment, or “Stage 2”, offers group therapy sessions, as well as generous individual therapy sessions with a licensed therapist who will provide comprehensive treatment and discharge planning. Using a variety of treatment modalities, Clients closely examine the specific behaviors or situations that could trigger relapse. Coping strategies, that are designed to be both positive and life-affirming, are put into practice. Real-time interventions are utilized.
Components of Stage 2 include:
During the remaining 30 days of the 90-day Treatment Program, activities are focused around the Client’s smooth reentry into his new life of sobriety and personal responsibility. Safe Care Trust International Clients will therefore be familiarized with local 12-Step programs and other community support groups. Personal responsibility is another critical component of continued success after treatment. In Stage 3 Clients will be taught time management and scheduling skills in order to assure that the Client is able to keep his promises, appointments and commitments.
Other elements of Stage 3 include:
The most difficult part of the treatment is rehabilitation in which there is need to motivate a patient to take up a healthy activity preferably away from old places and old company. Drug Rehab is a life-saving process whereby a patient is helped to regain their life and dignity as a human being. Rehabilitation from any addiction can be painful, but when compared to the troubles that drug use brings about it is clear that addiction treatment is by far the better option.
To eliminate drug addiction from society, awareness campaigns through mass media, essay contests, lectures and declamation contest in schools, colleges and universities should be run in order to create awareness about the ill effects of drug addiction. Provincial education departments should develop a curriculum against drugs for inclusion in textbooks at school, college and university levels.
The researches proved that people who start smoking cigarettes and or drink alcohol at young age are much more likely to experiment with illegal drugs than people who do not smoke or drink. Efforts should be made to control the tobacco smoking in the country because it is the gateway to drug abuse.
Awareness and prevention must start at home, with parents. Parents should be vigilant and keep an eye on the company and activities of their children and should spend more time with their children. They should keep their children busy and motivate them to say their prayers regularly. Religious scholars should be encouraged to take up this issue in their Friday Sermons. A drug-free life-style and a healthy society is very much a part of the Islamic way of life.
The government should dedicate help lines for youth and parents with information and diversion to rehabilitation centers or hospitals. Government should solve unemployment problem in the country because economic worries provide a fertile ground for drug addiction, the smuggling routes and its entry into cities have to be blocked. The police have to be taken to task on this corruption. Some new accountability laws have to be made and implemented. The supply line has to be broken. People who are playing with lives of our youth do not deserve any concession. Unless serious measures are taken now, the very future of a large chunk of today’s youth will be compromised.