There are various approaches when dealing with addiction directed counselling, at The Way Recovery we make use of several:
With cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) the client is taught to identify, evaluate and correct automatic maladaptive thoughts and replace with more positive thinking with the use and application of easy to use tools and skills. The client is taught how to think more accurately and effectively, by uncovering and monitoring their own faulty processing and negative thought patterns, using reframing, thoughtful questioning, journaling etc. This is important for helping them to maintain the change, and prevent relapsing in behaviour, which is often considered harder than stopping the addiction.
In family therapy we focus on family relationships and the needs of family members. It works from the premise that a problem lies within the family as a whole, rather than with a single person within the family unit. It helps family members help each other, and work things out together. Learn their own strengths and weaknesses, better communicate their feelings and will learn ways to resolve issues. It can be beneficial in enabling family members to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to deepen their understanding of each other, and to appreciate one another’s needs, especially now we are all in recovery.
Outpatient counselling is six weeks, and involves group therapy, and the 12 step program. The program will help clients to understand the basic principles of Narcotics or Alcoholics Anonymous. This approach begins from the premise that addiction is a disease characterized by denial and loss of control. With the aid of comprehensive step work assignments, keeping a daily journal and undertaking personalized 12 step recovery tasks, clients are able to explore inner self, along with taking responsibility for one’s behaviour. Spiritual insights are the primary aim, however we also address the issues of making amends, establishing honesty, open-mindedness and willingness. Clients are strongly encouraged to develop or adopt a set of spiritual values and develop a sense of fellowship with other addicts.
Ongoing support and relapse prevention. The recovering addict needs to accept that addiction is a life-long journey. We find that a rehabilitation programme is often not the end of the road, however just the beginning. After the stage of detox and recovery, the next phase of addiction recovery is maintenance: this stage can last up to 2 years where we can expect anxiety, loneliness, boredom and often, cravings. As the individual readjusts to life outside and without substances, they may struggle to see the benefit in their new choice. Counselling during this stage is very important as a recovering individual learns to put into practice his or his new skill and reap the reward of choices made. Recovery is a life-long journey, where support is needed to work through life’s issues, temptation and slip-ups. We offer continued support and outpatient counselling as well as 12 step support meetings.