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Addiction Recovery Centre

treatment programmes

Treatment Plan Overview

All of our programmes, policies and regulations have been developed by a renowned specialist in the field of addiction and qualified Addictions Counsellor. Originally from the U.K., the driving force behind our initiative has had 18 years of experience with the development of a number of successful Rehabilitation centres and addiction treatment initiatives within South Africa and the United Kingdom.

There are three intensive treatment phases available at ARC that aim to integrate a comprehensive, yet individualised treatment programme with the practical experience of working the 12 step programme.

These phases are:

Intervention.
Treatment.
Extended Care.
These phases combine to provide an overall treatment period of 3 months which research has shown to be the optimum period for addiction treatment.

As the process of addiction is progressive, so the Recovery process is also progressive. During their treatment at ARC, most people will work through the four recognised treatment phases which are defined as follows:

Phase 1 - Recognition of the addiction as the problem.
Phase 2 - Recognition of the need for change.
Phase 3 - Commitment to the process of change.
Phase 4 - Maintenance of recovery.

The treatment programme will combine audio and video presentations, educational lectures and workshops, life skills, relaxation and meditation, exercise, creativity, projects and outings with counselling, group-work and medical support. The treatment regime will also consist of Psychotherapy sessions, one on one counselling sessions with trauma counsellors, group therapy with counsellors and recovery coaches, yoga sessions, and educational lectures. Educational lectures and workshops will be facilitated by qualified counsellors and social workers who will cover topics such as "Anger management in sobriety", "Building long term recovery plans", "Identifying high pressure situations", "Handling urges", "Irrationality", "Relapse prevention strategies", "Cross addiction", amongst other deeply thought provoking and educational lectures and workshops.

The focus of all the activities is on helping people to work through the physical and emotional vagaries of change and to learn, develop and practise the necessary skills to live lives free from active addiction.

A valuable therapeutic aspect of all the treatment phases is the importance of the therapeutic community as a resource for helping and teaching each other. Peer support is invaluable in aiding one another through difficult or painful periods, as is their insight in recognising and challenging blocks to recovery they may identify in each other. From this mix of care and support, challenge and encouragement, an effective medium for change is established.

Inpatient residents will on admission, have the treatment center rules and regulations explained in detail. The resident will be required to complete admission forms that will enable us to better understand the residents' needs.

The Resident will be allocated a counsellor specific to the resident who will monitor progress and provide consistent feedback to family members. Family members may be required to attend a meeting with the resident and the counsellor at some point during the inpatient programme.

After care programmes are considered part of the treatment process and the resident will be required to attend all after care activities for a minimum of 2 weeks after leaving primary care. (Our inpatient programme is structured around a 12 week cycle. We believe that the longer the resident remains in primary treatment, the stronger the foundation for a successful recovery. We do however cater for residents with restraints that require shorter term inpatient treatment.

Treatment Philosophy

ARC believes that addiction is a chronic, progressive, and incurable primary illness that often proves fatal. Addiction has the potential to affect the physical, mental, emotional and behavioural wellbeing of the addicted person. As the addiction progresses, usage becomes more frequent and life becomes more chaotic. Over time the consequences of addiction impact on all areas of the persons' life including family, friends, employers and the community.

It is the progressive nature of addiction that creates the need for recovery. With correct treatment, the disease can be arrested, making recovery (a happy and productive life free from active addiction) a possibility.

ARC believes, through practical experience, that the philosophy embodied in the A.A. and N.A.12 Step programmes, offers the most comprehensive, integrated and successful treatment modality for recovery from addiction. This philosophy underpins the treatment regime that has been developed as a medium to educate individuals in the practical application of the 12 steps in everyday living- emphasizing our ethos of 'an active living programme of recovery'.


4 Weeks Inpatient

This phase will include the detoxification phase

The 4 week Intervention phase is the necessary starting point to recovery from addictions and can mark the start of a process that leads many people to enjoy fulfilled lives free from active addiction. This phase will intervene in the life of the addicted person and create a space where they can start to understand and face the reality of their addiction. Residents will on admission, undergo a thorough admission and orientation process. This process is an important part of the treatment regime and will establish a solid foundation for the therapeutic process of treatment.

Residents that opt for the 4 week inpatient program will be taken through a brief overview of introspection and group therapy that includes an intense analysis of the physical effects of drugs and alcohol and the accompanying mental obsession that precedes using drugs or alcohol. The admission and acceptance of the disease of addiction/alcoholism, the instilling of hope for overcoming addiction and the admission that help is required to do so, is the primary outcome to achieved.

While the Intervention phase will offer some respite and support to family members.

At ARC it is important that family members are involved in the treatment process where their input during the Intervention phase can be particularly beneficial.

Thus, significant others and in particular family members, are encouraged to take an interest and play a part in the treatment process.

Family members often find this proves to be most valuable. This involvement may include attending a family conference, educational lectures and workshops, attending a support group or simply filling in a questionnaire to outline how addiction has affected their lives.

6 Weeks Inpatient

This programme will include all of the processes during the first 4 weeks of detoxification and primary care.

The secondary phase will consist of an additional four weeks of intense examination of thoughts, feelings and behaviour experienced during active addiction. We use a therapeutic approach to dealing with negative behavioural patterns and to create a sense of self awareness. Residents will undergo one on one counselling sessions with their respective counsellors. Residents will attend daily group sessions and lectures that are designed to encourage self-exploration and an understanding of one's thought processes and behavioural patterns.

8 Weeks Inpatient

This programme will include all of the processes during the first 4 weeks of detoxification and primary care.

The secondary phase will consist of an additional four weeks of intense examination of thoughts, feelings and behaviour experienced during active addiction. We use a therapeutic approach to dealing with negative behavioural patterns and to create a sense of self awareness. Residents will undergo one on one counselling sessions with their respective counsellors. Residents will attend daily group sessions and lectures that are designed to encourage self-exploration and an understanding of one's thought processes and behavioural patterns.

12 Weeks Inpatient

This programme will include all of the processes during the first 4 weeks of detoxification and primary care.

The secondary phase will consist of an additional four weeks of intense examination of thoughts, feelings and behaviour experienced during active addiction. We use a therapeutic approach to dealing with negative behavioural patterns and to create a sense of self awareness. Residents will undergo one on one counselling sessions with their respective counsellors. Residents will attend daily group sessions and lectures that are designed to encourage self-exploration and an understanding of one's thought processes and behavioural patterns.

Extended / After Care Phase

The Extended Care programme is an extension of the Intervention and Treatment phases. Extended Care allows residents to continue the therapeutic process and to develop their program of recovery while maintaining the structure and support of the ARC treatment community.

Towards the latter part of each treatment phase, residents are encouraged to explore their continuing needs and the options available to them. For some residents, returning home with a Relapse Prevention plan and a package of After care may be the preferred choice. However, for others, the continuation of treatment to the Treatment phase, Extended Care phase, or external Secondary Care or Tertiary Care stages will be a preferred choice.

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