What Does A Recovery Programme Entail?

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What Does A Recovery Programme Entail?

10 September, 2021Articles, News

When an individual is looking for help with their addiction, they usually seek out a recovery centre that offers a recovery programme suited to an individuals needs. A recovery programme usually starts off with a screening process followed by an assessment. Screening is the process by which the counsellor, the client review the current situation, symptoms, and other available information to determine the most appropriate course of action, given the client’s needs and characteristics and available resources within the community. Treatment centres may make use of the Jellinek Curve as an assessment tool to help members of the community understand addiction when they come for an assessment for themselves or their loved ones. The Jelinek Curve is a chart that describes the typical phases of alcoholism and recovery. Immediately, upon admission, where necessary, clients enter into a detox programme. Clients are given a medical detox programme under the supervision of the consulting physician. This can be anything from 3 to 7 days depending on the history of the patient. They are then declared medically fit to enter the programme once the physical side effects have subsided, they begin a process of understanding the mental side of what has led to their addiction in the first place.

Crossroads Recovery Centre is a 12-step treatment facility that believes in a complete individual treatment programme for each client. Clients are guided through their programmes by an addiction counsellor. Treatment planning should be part of a client’s recovery programme as a collaborative process in which professionals and the client develop a written document that identifies important treatment goals and describes measurable, time-sensitive steps towards achieving those goals.

At a minimum an individualized treatment plan addresses the identified substance use disorder(s), as well as issues related to treatment progress- including relationships with family and significant others, potential psychiatric conditions, employment, education, spirituality, health concerns, as well as social and legal needs.

Upon exit, clients are assisted with the reintegration into society which is sometimes done with the assistance of secondary care. Whilst in care, clients are introduced to the Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous fellowships. Crossroads offers a 28-day treatment programme or an 84-day programme. Our programme is based on the Minnesota Model of addictions treatment. This approach is typically characterized by a thorough and ongoing assessment of all aspects of a client as well as multi-modal therapeutic approaches, including group and individual therapy, family education and support and other methods. A multidisciplinary team of professionals’ plan and assist in the treatment process for each client, tailoring it to their needs.

Specific treatment programmes include welcome groups, didactic groups, recovery coaching, occupational therapy, AA meetings, NA meetings, topic groups, spirituality, resident house meetings and goal-setting. Individual counselling is part of the process. This includes one-on-one therapy, addiction counselling, spiritual counselling, step-work counselling, trauma therapy, family counselling and co-dependence counselling.

Most treatment programmes make use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This is very relevant for addiction treatment because it is behaviourally based, and most addicts need a practical approach to dealing with their use. The core element of any personal behaviour change is based on the relationship between the client and either the personal counsellor or the approach of the treatment centre.

Treatment facilities focus on both long-term and short-term clients. Usually, clients will come through the centre with short-term stays in mind, due to finances. Long-term treatment is usually suggested as this will give clients the best possible chance of recovering from their addiction going forward.

If you or anyone close to you needs help with an addiction to sex, gambling, substances, alcohol or food, please contact us for a free assessment. The road to recovery is not always an easy one but getting yourself or your loved one the best possible care from the team at Crossroads Recovery Centre, provides you with a map to sober, healthy living. No matter how bad things seem, there is hope and it’s only a phone call away.


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