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6 Months Program (Phase 2)

Behavioural Modification Programme

 

6 Months Program (Phase 2)

Behavioural Modification Programme

 
If people in addiction have been trained in the wrong way, they can be retrained. If our mind has been programmed wrongly, it can be reprogrammed. If people in addiction believes a lie, they can decide to renounce the lie and choose to believe the truth. The person in addiction’s mind will never be fully renewed and his or her character will always fall short of perfection, but that is still his or her pursuit if recovery is the goal. Every action produces a reaction and the reaction is in exact accord with the action. Every belief that you hold manifests itself in some manner by causing you to take some form of action, by preventing you from taking action, or by causing you to feel a certain way.

 

Main Themes:

• The recognition of alcohol and chemical addiction as a disease.
• The recognition of the consequences of addiction to the self and to others.
• Acceptance of powerlessness and unmanageability
• Recognise the importance of change and to develop a new mind-set
• Impulse control and self-discipline
• Self-resilience and stability
• Becoming more truthful and letting go of defence mechanisms
• Replacing instant gratification with delayed gratification
• Improved self-confidence
• To break free from habitual destructive behaviour by becoming consistent in new behaviour.
• To have less shame, guilt and self-pity.
• Improved relationships and the start of restoration in the family life.
• No more isolation or withdrawing and therefore more meaningful interaction.
• Creative thinking and need for healthy hobbies and purpose in life returning.
• Emotional, Cognitive and Behavioural Modification and Change
• Emotional Maturity
• Reintegration readiness and practise
• Educational and Career information
• Learn the skills of mind, body and emotional self-regulation.
• Resolve childhood hurts so that they don’t undermine selfregulation.
• Learn effective ways of self-soothing and incorporate them into daily life.
• Learn effective ways to manage stress.
• Maintain a healthy body, get daily exercise, rest and proper nutrition.
• Process emotional ups and downs as they happen and learn to consciously shift feeling and thinking states.
• Learn to use the thinking mind to regulate the feeling mind.
• Develop inner resources: quiet, meditation, spiritual pursuits etc.
• Develop outer resources: work, hobbies, social life, and community
• To assist with independence in a practical way by providing help with drivers licence, PDP licence, First Aid Course etc.

 

Keys to Recovery:

  • Honesty
  • Openness
  • Willingness
  • Determination Confidence
  • Tenacity
  • Discipline
  • Responsibility
  • The start of change
  • Hope
  • Restoration
  • Gratitude
  • Development
  • Controlled thinking processes
  • Lack of impulsive behaviour and reactions.
  • Compassion for others
  • Willingness to be of help and assistance
  • Leadership qualities
  • Passion for life
  • Purpose

 

Primary Goals:

  • Successful detoxification.
  • General understanding of the 12 step programme
  • Understanding the roles of counsellor and sponsor
  • Ability to identify the consequences of abusing substances.
  • Identify the need to take responsibility
  • Identify feelings.
  • Identify the importance of taking responsibility and completing tasks
  • To work through conflict and problems systematically
  • To work on short term and long term goals
  • Enhanced Self-esteem and Confidence
  • Open and honest Communication
  • More assertive behaviour
  • The start of emotional stability
  • Improved family relationships
  • Forgiveness and Acceptance in family relationships
  • Passion and commitment to healthy activities and hobbies
  • To appreciate what life has to offer and the support from others
  • To gain a level of physical development as well as emotional, cognitive and spiritual development.
  • Improved life skills, such as conflict management, anger management, problem solving behaviour, stress management and communication skills.
  • Well -developed skills of self-regulation.
  • Ability to regulate strong emotions.
  • Ability to regulate mood.
  • Ability to maintain a perspective of life circumstances.
  • Ability to live in the present.
  • Ability to regulate activity levels.
  • Ability to live with both social and intimate connection.
  • Resilience, ability to roll with the punches.
  • Ability to own and process unwanted or painful emotions rather
  • than disown them or project them on others.

 

Step work achievements:

  • Orientation contract
  • House Rules
  • Assignment A and B
  • Step work assignments 1 and 2Prep- Step 1
  • 60 Stories completion
  • Step 2
  • Other assignments given by counsellors
  • Step 3
  • Life Story Completion
  • Life Story Presentation
  • Step 4 Inventory
  • Step 5 Presentation to counsellor
  • Step 6
  • Step 7
  • Other assignments relating to character defects in Step 5

 

Topics during individual sessions conducted by a Social Worker:

  • Session 1- Background information and a mapping of the past
  • Session 2- Types of substances abused and the consequences thereof on self and others.
  • Session 3- Childhood and past hurts and traumas
  • Session 4 Parents and their parental impact
  • Session 5- Emotional Development
  • Session 6- Spiritual Development
  • Session 7- Friendships and Social Interaction
  • Session 8- Stress Management
  • Session 9- Communication skills
  • Session 10- Positive and Negative Thinking
  • Session 11- Problem Solving examples and discussions
  • Session 12- Forgiveness
  • Session 13- Anger and Resentment
  • Session 14- Self-Esteem discussion
  • Session 15- General progress
  • Session 16- Goals and passions as well as time management
  • Session 17- Previous work experience and future goals regarding work
  • Session 18- Triggers and Warning signs
  • Session 19- Generosity and Compassion for others
  • Session 20- Lessons learned in recovery
  • Ongoing weekly sessions to monitor progress and encourage leadership
  • A Psycho Social Questionnaire to be filled in as well as an Individual Development Plan.

 

Life-Skill Groups:

  • Group on your own personal reasons and causes for addiction.
  • Your different emotions and the use of defence mechanisms
  • Problem solving skills
  • Self-Esteem enhancement
  • Group on Discipline
  • Group on Communication skills
  • Time Management
  • Anger Management
  • Stress Management
  • Group of Love and Compassion
  • 15 Things to give up while still in recovery Assertive Behaviour
  • Wheel of Balance
  • Battlefield of the Mind
  • Power Thoughts
  • Sobriety
  • Responsible Behaviour
  • Bad habits in recovery
  • Fears
  • Personal budget
  • Addictive Behaviour
  • Dangers of strong opinions in recovery
  • Search for Significance
  • Anxiety
  • Fighting thoughts of relapse
  • Lessons learned from addiction
  • Importance of self-encouragement in addiction
  • Passive Aggressive Behaviour
  • Perfectionism- dangers in recovery
  • The dangers of pride in recovery
  • Boundaries
  • Lies that addicts tell themselves
  • Making time to reflect in recovery
  • Emotional awareness

 

Other professional services include:

  • Medical assessment by a Medical Director, Dr J.C. Olivier and administration of medication by a Registered Nurse.
  • Consultation sessions with psychologists, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists as needed.

 

Other activities include:

  • Nature therapy
  • Drumming
  • Art therapy
  • Leadership groups
  • NA/AA meetings
  • Spiritual Development
  • Dance classes
  • Therapeutic duties
  • Group outings (pizza evenings, movies, beach etc.).

 

Feedback and Family Involvement:

  • Telephonic communication between patient and their family is allowed after two weeks.
  • Family members are welcome to phone the Director once a week for feedback on their loved ones.
  • One family visit is allowed after week four, on the premises of Minnesota House.
  • The patient is allowed a holiday home (7-10 days) after two months.
  • A progress report will be send to the family after 6 weeks, with recommendations. A second progress report will be send after three months.
  • Patient is allowed a second holiday home after 4 months.
  • An Aftercare Plan will be send to the family a week before the patient returns home in order for the family to have an input in the aftercare plan.
  • A discharge report will be send to the family after the completion of the programme