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HOPE & HEALING
Every day people’s lives are destroyed by substance use disorder, also known as dependency or addiction. Once it has you in its claws, it doesn’t easily let go. There is HOPE! Dependency doesn’t have to take over your life, whether it’s drugs, alcohol or misuse of over the counter medication. There is a way to overcome substance use disorder and take back your life. Join us on a short journey as we explain the process on how you can overcome dependency.
A HOLISTIC APPROACH
There are no quick fixes when it comes to substance use disorder. It only takes a moment to become dependent on a substance, but requires a long hard process to overcome. With years of experience this program has developed a holistic approach.
This means that it takes more than just a detox and a few weeks of sobriety to overcome substance use disorder (addiction). In the next few pages we explain this holistic approach.
STEP 1: MEDICAL TREATMENT
This takes place in a safe medical environment, treated under the supervision of a specialist doctor in this field. Constant medical involvement by the doctor and commitment by the patient, is essential. The medical treatment consists of the following.
SCREENING FOR SPECIFIC SUBSTANCES
Doctor determines dependency by means of consulting and testing. The doctor then specifies each and every patient’s treatment according to their needs. There is no ‘‘one size fits all’’ approach.
TREATMENT OF WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS
Patients are treated in different categories according to the severity of their dependency. The categories are mild, moderate or severe.
DETOX AND WITHDRAWAL
Undergoing detoxification is made comfortable and bearable. Withdrawal and cravings is a personal process, specific for each patient.
THE ACTIVE TREATMENT OF THE CONDITION
Effective treatment starts immediately after detoxification with prescribed medicine. The only solution is a hands-on approach with medication and support. The support is done by trained professionals who specialize in substance use disorder.
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STEP 2: THERAPY
The role of the therapist is to help the recovering patient understand drug dependency. Therapy explores its amount, frequency, triggers, cravings and consequences. Reasons for the use of drugs and alcohol are usually one of the following (but mostly a combination of reasons):
Chemical imbalance is always the main culprit in dependency. The majority of those who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse suffer from anxiety, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, depression and other disorders. It can cause uncomfortable feelings and the individual may turn to drugs as a crutch to feel better.
UNRESOLVED EVENTS FROM THE PAST
Carrying around hurts from the past or resentment about losses, whether financial, spiritual, physical or emotional, all cause disharmony in the present life. Childhood events, even those not remembered can cause substance abuse.
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BELIEFS THAT ARE INCONSISTENT WITH REALITY
Examples of false beliefs are: “You’re not good enough.”; “You are a failure.”; “Nobody loves me.”. The individual uses drugs or alcohol to feel better.
INABILITY TO COPE WITH CURRENT CONDITIONS
Addicts generally haven’t developed good coping mechanisms to deal with life. The inability to cope with current affairs produces anxiety, frustration, stress and fear; this makes it easier to turn to drugs or alcohol. But just to solve the drug or alcohol problem will not be enough to live happily. The therapist will teach the addict to develop healthy ways to communicate emotions, needs and deal with life.
STEP 3: RELASPE EDUCATION
It is important that relapsers learn about the process of relapsing and how to manage it. The therapist will also teach the dependent and the family how to prevent a relapse. A relapse is a strong warning sign that something is wrong or that there’s still pain that lies deeper than what he or she already has discussed with the therapist.
STEP 4: FAMILY INVOLVEMENT
Family members play an integral role in the recovery process. A supportive family can be the difference between recoveries and relapse. Dependency causes pain to the family. Therefore, family’s emotions like anger, disappointment, confusion and sadness will be dealt with by the therapist. The family will be encouraged to find healthy ways to deal.
The recovery process is from abstinence (learning how to stop using alcohol and drugs) to sobriety (learning how to cope with life without alcohol and drugs) to productive living (learning how to build a meaningful sober lifestyle).
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Let us help you overcome substance use disorder and together we can write an alternative story of your life, one where alcohol or drugs have no more power over you.
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