Approach to Recovery:
Hope Trust's approach is holistic: by addressing the physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual areas for total recovery. It also incorporates traditional Indian elements such as Yoga and meditation.
At Hope Trust, clients are gradually taught to lead a disciplined and healthy lifestyle through an intensive schedule of Yoga, meditation, therapy classes, daily moral inventory, and management of feelings, group / individual counselling, 12-step work, regular attendance at AA / NA meetings and recreation. All this is backed by expert medical and psychiatric services with regular updates to family.
The recovery program is a structured process with clearly defined protocols to address individual issues through various stages of recovery and is based on proven methodologies of addiction counselling and rehabilitation. The staff reviews every case on a daily basis and evolves individual strategies.
The services include detox, inpatient and outpatient treatment options, family support, relapse prevention and follow-up program.
At Hope Trust, we believe drug and alcohol addicion treatment should address the specific needs of each individual. Individuals, their history or cultural backgrounds differ. There are varying degrees of abuse. Some individuals may have a history of prior attempts to end their abuse patterns and failed. For those who fall into this category, inpatient residential treatment may prove fruitful.
Individuals with years of heavy drug or alcohol abuse may have a more difficult time when it comes to ending their abuse patterns. The difficulty may lie in the fact that their lifestyle has consisted of drug or alcohol use for such an extended period of time that it may be difficult for them to imagine living without substances.
This type of individual may greatly benefit from choosing a drug treatment or alcohol treatment method by attending a long term inpatient rehabilitation program. This type of treatment generally involves a period of over three months, so as to provide the individual with an extensive change of environment as well as care twenty-four hours a day. Research has proven that this may be the most successful type of treatment for those who have a history of heavy substance abuse spanning over many years.
For many, recovery has become a revolving door of treatment centre after treatment centre. This need not be the case. Drug and alcohol recovery is possible. You can do it and we can help! Contact us for a free confidential consultation and referral. We have over 11 years of experience specializing in drug treatment and alcohol treatment.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment:
Drug and alcohol abuse treatment is an important part of recovering from addiction. In substance abuse, the goal of treatment is to return the individual to productive functioning in the family, workplace, and community. While in treatment, recovering persons learn about addiction, recovery and relapse while addressing misguided beliefs about self, others and their environment. Attending a treatment program helps the recovering drug abuser make lifestyle changes, manage feelings, develop coping tools and drug refusal skills. In addition, they learn to identify relapse warning signs and challenge thoughts that may lead to relapse.
The treatment works with the affected person and family to improve self-esteem and self-worth, heal core traumas, and learn life-skills, gain control over addictive patterns, improve health of the body, in addition to recovering from alcohol abuse. Treatment focuses on helping each person to rebalance their lives and gain the skills they need to live a successful, satisfying life, free from substance abuse. Those who attend treatment find that they have more skills and confidence in creating the lives they want, complete with good relationships, a satisfying job or career, and enjoyment of day to day life.
Detox is the first step in treatment. The definition of detoxification is: "A treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol intended to rid the body of the addictive substances, and the physiological and mental readjustment that accompanies the process." This definition refers to the physical withdrawal symptoms of alcohol and abuse, as well as the psychological symptoms experienced while in detox.
Alcohol and drug addiction requires detox before beginning the recovery program. When alcohol and drug residuals remain in the body, cravings will continue and recovery from alcohol addiction will be very difficult to achieve. At Hope Trust, detox is done under the care of a medical team comprising physicians and a psychiatrist. The individual is monitored for physical and psychological symptoms during detox.
Long Term Treatment:
It involves individuals spending a substantial amount of time on their drug addiction treatment program. Generally, it is conducted in residential treatment facilities. When an individual enters a long term treatment program they know that they have truly dedicated themselves to recovering from their addiction.
At Hope Trust it generally lasts anywhere from 3 to 6 months and is focused on the "resocialization" of the individual. The treatment uses the program's entire "community," including other residents, staff, and the social context, as active components of treatment. It focuses on developing personal accountability and responsibility aiming at socially productive lives. It is highly structured with activities designed to help residents examine damaging beliefs, self-concepts, and patterns of behavior and to adopt new, more harmonious and constructive ways to interact with others.
Some thoughts on duration: Generally, the more drug treatment an individual receives the better the outcome. Those who stay in treatment longer than three months usually have better outcomes than those who stay less time. Over the last 15 years, studies have shown that addiction treatment works to reduce an individual's drug and alcohol use and the crimes committed by drug addicted individuals. Research has also shown that those who have successfully completed an addiction treatment program are more likely to be employed.
At Hope Trust family intervention is a process that helps an addict recognize the extent of their problem. Individuals who are addicted to drugs or alcohol usually do not know their addiction is out of control. These individuals need objective feedback on their behaviour. It is through a non-judgmental, non-critical, systematic drug intervention process that the individual is able to see their own lifestyle choices. When they truly understand the impact that their alcohol dependence or drug addiction has on others, they may truly begin to see they are hurting those around them, thus providing motivation for change.
The goal of interventions is for the addict to accept the reality of their drug and alcohol addiction and to seek help.
Residential drug treatment for drug abuse and alcohol addiction has existed for over 40 years. The idea behind residential treatment is that the individual suffering from drug or alcohol addiction is able to live in an environment which is drug free. They begin to see how to live life without drugs and alcohol through their time spent away from their previous environment. As time progresses they are able to handle more and more responsibility within the residential treatment facility and are expected to be part of the community in which they live. This means helping those who are just beginning as well as those around them.
Residential drug treatment is different than other treatment methods in many ways. Individuals are able to leave their destructive environment and enter into a clean and sober atmosphere. Their reminders of drugs such as the cabinet where they kept their alcohol or the drawer where they kept their stash are no longer a temptation reminding them of their drug addiction. Additionally, individuals are able to associate with others who share their same goal of addiction recovery 24 hours a day 7 days a week. This availability of individuals and staff at any hour is invaluable when a person is going through residential drug treatment.
12 Step Program:
The Twelve Steps, originated by Alcoholics Anonymous, is the spiritual foundation for personal recovery from the effects of alcoholism, not only for the alcoholic, but also for their friends and family in Al-Anon Family Groups.
Many members of 12-step recovery programs have found that these steps were not merely a way to stop drinking, but they became a guide toward a new way of life.<p !important;"=""> Step 1: Honesty
After many years of denial, recovery can begin when with one simple admission of being powerless over alcohol - for alcoholics and their friends and family.
Step 2: Faith
It seems to be a spiritual truth, that before a 'higher power' can begin to operate, you must first believe that it can.
Step 3: Surrender
A lifetime of self-will run riot can come to a screeching halt, and change forever, by making a simple decision to turn it all over to a 'higher power'.
Step 4: Soul Searching
There is a saying in the 12-step programs that recovery is a process, not an event. The same can be said for this step - more will surely be revealed.
Step 5: Integrity
Probably the most difficult of all the steps to face, Step 5 is also the one that provides the greatest opportunity for growth.
Step 6: Acceptance
The key to Step 6 is acceptance -- accepting character defects exactly as they are and becoming entirely willing to let them go.
Step 7: Humility
The spiritual focus of Step 7 is humility, asking a higher power to do something that cannot be done by self-will or mere determination.
Step 8: Willingness
Making a list of those harmed before coming into recovery may sound simple. Becoming willing to actually make those amends is the difficult part.
Step 9: Forgiveness
Making amends may seem like a bitter pill to swallow, but for those serious about recovery it can be great medicine for the spirit and soul.
Step 10: Maintenance
Nobody likes to admit to being wrong. But it is absolutely necessary to maintain spiritual progress in recovery.
Step 11: Making Contact
The purpose of Step 11 is to discover the plan God (as you understand Him) has for your life.
Step 12: Service
For those in recovery programs, practicing Step 12 is simply "how it works."