Rehabilitation Centres-What Process do they Follow?
While there are many different approaches and processes to rehabilitation from substance use, the goals are constant.
The Goal of Rehabilitation
The goal of rehabilitation is to help restore an individual to a level of functioning that existed prior to the powerlessness and unmanageability of their addiction and secondly, to try and enhance and build an even greater level of functioning and coping within their lives.
Some of the Approaches.
There are several approaches and models that have varying degrees of success. This is because so much of successful recovery lies in the hearts and souls of the “client” or patient.
- There are many options that have been successful in treating drug addiction, including:
- Behavioural counselling primarily focused on using Cognitive based therapy
- Use of a 12-step programme.
- Medication -where practitioners use mainly psychiatric medication to help the person cope with the underlying psychological aspects of their addiction
- Medical devices and applications. These are used to treat OR discourage usage (particularly when it comes to alcohol abuse). These applications are also used to counteract withdrawal symptoms during the detoxification process.
- Evaluation and treatment for co-occurring mental health issues such as depression and anxiety
- Long-term follow-up with the goal of relapse prevention
- A range of care within a tailored treatment programme and follow-up options that are crucial to success
- Treatment should include both medical and mental health services as needed
- Processes to sustain and maintain sobriety
- Follow-up care may include community- or family-based recovery support systems such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Nar-Anon or Al-Anon.
While there are numerous approaches most substance recovery centres follow a similar pattern.
At Crossroads we follow a comprehensive step-by-step approach to the admission, treatment and relapse prevention process.
The admission process is essentially an administrative process where the persons give their basic details, grants permission for treatment and all the financial aspects are dealt with at this point as well- if possible.
Since the advent of the Covid 19 pandemic, this has at times proved challenging and we have put very strict and necessary protocols in place to ensure peoples safety during the pandemic.
People are required to isolate either at home or in our specially equipped isolation facility on-site, until we are sure they are negative for Covid-19 prior to admission to the treatment centre.
Following this, the client has an extensive assessment both by the resident nursing sister on-site and our specialist addiction medical practitioner where a full medical assessment is undertaken and the medication requirements for a safe and effective detox process take place.
Our experience is that, unless withdrawal symptoms are severe, the client is able to participate in most of the recovery activities within a day or mostly three after the consultation with the medical practitioner.
The next major process activity is a full psychosocial bio. which is done by a registered professional and encompasses a full history and assessment of the persons psychosocial status as well as an in-depth understanding of the substance abuse. This is then presented to the addiction counselling team and an initial recovery approach is planned for the clients’ rehabilitation.
Individual therapy is supplemented by information sessions, life skills workshops and an introduction to 12-step fellowships such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Being familiarised with these 12-step fellowships is a key ingredient to successful treatment. For many, it is the bridge between treatment and the world outside the doors of the facility.
Stories of Recovery
- The encouragement, love and support from the team at Crossroads allowed me to eventually see that I was worth something - that my life could be turned around and that I could accomplish the things that had long been a forgotten dream.Oliver VGRead more
- On the last day of my stint at Crossroads I could only express gratitude towards all who works there. A wise councillor once commented on my question when one is ready for rehab by explaining that when one is ready for rehab, rehab is ready for you.Johan BRead more
- I was lost and my soul was broken until I ended up at Crossroads and was introduced to the Twelve Steps. With the help of their excellent staff and amazing support I have recently been clean for 18 months, I could not have done it without them!Carla SRead more
- "Just for today I am more than three years in recovery. I have Cross Roads to thank for this wonderful gift. Cross Roads helped me to set a firm foundation in my recovery on which I can continue to build."Angelique JRead more