Stage Two: Inpatient 60-Day Secondary Program
Well done for remaining on your journey.
Our 60-Day program is tailored to give our clients the tools to have a successful and happy recovery.
This program is for clients who have successfully completed their 30-Day Primary program within the past three months. This stage combines the 12-step approach with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, motivational one-on-one sessions, a focus on therapeutic community support and outdoor excursions.
The 12-Step Approach
The program will help clients to understand and embrace the basic principles of Narcotics or Alcoholics Anonymous.
Acknowledging the premise that addiction is a disease characterized by denial and loss of control, clients are encouraged to explore their inner self and become more aware of their emotions using three tools:
- Comprehensive step work assignments
- Keeping a daily journal
- Undertaking personalised 12 step recovery tasks
This enables the beginning of the process of change.
Group work focuses on acceptance of the disease along with taking responsibility for one’s behaviour. While emotional and spiritual insights are the primary aim, we also address issues of making amends, establishing trust and honesty, and renewing hope. Clients are strongly encouraged to develop or adopt a set of spiritual values and grow their fellowship with other addicts.
They are also encouraged to attend AA or NA meetings and find both a sponsor and a home group for ongoing support once formal treatment is completed.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
This approach is based on the theory that new ways of reacting to emotions can be learned. It lends itself to the 12-Step approach by enabling clients to identify and analyse triggers to the addiction. These include people, situations, or feelings that create the urge to drink or use drugs.
Learning new behaviours and coping skills can help to counteract these urges.
New recovery-oriented responses and strategies are decided upon, and role-play assists our clients to gain confidence and realise that they are able to resist temptation. This approach is also useful in addressing other challenges in recovery like relationship-stress, depression, anxiety, and anger.
The Motivational Approach
This approach is empathetic and client-centred. Through individual therapy, counsellors help clients to explore and reduce resistance to treatment. Clients are encouraged to realise that the short-term rewards of drug or alcohol use disguise the long-term devastation of the behaviour.
12-Step inventories help clients to acknowledge their past successes and positive skills.
Through empathetic listening, a counsellor will then be able to encourage clients to:
- Identify discrepancies between current behaviour and life goals
- Believe in their ability to change and that it is worthwhile
- Take responsibility for change
- Choose between different strategies to implement change
Engaging with the Therapeutic Community
A successful transition from a drug using environment back into community life uses the treatment centre as a stepping stone to the support community outside.
The 12-Step approach is incorporated into this with an emphasis on the fact that recovery is a process that requires mutually beneficial relationships and self-awareness.
Our role models within the centre and externally, expect recovered addicts to adopt or develop a new set of values and beliefs that focus on all aspects of life.
These include honesty, responsibility, concern for others, work ethics, the concept of reward, acceptance of change, economic independence, community involvement, and learning.
Both this approach and the 12-Step lifestyle emphasise the need for the structured lifestyle, that has been learned in treatment, to continue, and the importance of a strong community support network in the form of NA/AA meetings, sponsors, and service.
Group sessions also allow for peer evaluation and identification, enabling awareness of attitudes and behavioural patterns that require change, as well as suggestions for a platform for emotional release.
The program intertwines all of the above approaches because responses to treatment differ from one person to another. The approach that best suits an individual will be used to build a framework that includes all of the approaches.
The ultimate aim of this program is to empower clients to choose new and different methods of self-fulfilment. This is achieved by providing a safe environment in which the nature of their illness can be fully understood.
Various excursions will be determined depending on the progress being made.
What to Bring with On Admission:
- I.D. book / Passport
- Medical Aid card
- Pre-authorisation number from the medical aid / medical insurance (where applicable)
- Proof of payment (where applicable)
- Enough clothes for casual wear for the duration of the program
- Pyjamas, slippers
- Gym / Activity attire
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Shaving cream