Transcendence of a substance use disorder

Inner Peace is known for innovative, outside-the-box therapy, and this is more than psycho-analytical groups – therapy is also out of the group rooms – outdoors. The physical therapeutic benefits of outdoor activities are increasingly becoming part of the daily Program here.

For instance, this past Sunday – a group of about seven clients on the program took their own initiative and decided to walk to the dam, about a 1Km walk to the outskirts of the town of Fraserburg.

The result was sheer playfulness – a result the therapists could not have planned or anticipated.

In fact, they were not even there, and maybe this is what enabled the clients to experience this degree of freedom and spontaneity.

A group of adults suffering and fighting to transcend their substance use disorders.

This spontaneity was experienced in mud fights, falling in the muddy water – no longer caring about outward appearance, just enjoying innocent mud wrestling. Burying each other in the mud – described as a therapeutic way to get rid of personal negative energy, like a mud application at a spa? Same concept?

Yes, there were mud masks – there was laughter – there was a pureness experienced, to quote a participant:

“I don’t feel like I have a substance use disorder-I felt like a child of the wind”.

“To play in the mud, it was an amazing liberating experience.”

“I felt free from the world”

“I felt free from everything”

“The mud itself was rejuvenating, the experience of laughter and bonding, and beauty and fun was Powerful and healing.”

“My spirit was free”.

“I experienced child like fun again, free of my substance use disorder”.

“I don’t know when I have ever laughed so much.”

This is what the clinical director of Inner Peace, Johann, refers to as transcending our substance use disorders – THE ULTIMATE AIM OF THE PROGRAM HERE AT INNER PEACE.

What makes Inner Peace Different from other Substance Use Disorder and Addiction Treatment Facilities within South Africa – Part 1

Inner Peace is the only Substance Use Disorder and Addiction treatment facility in South Africa that is accredited and trained in the provision of Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT). This training was attended within the USA from Correctional Counseling Inc.

About MRT Addiction/Substance Use Treatment

MRT, as an evidence-based substance use treatment program, consists of 16 steps. A person is considered to have completed once they reach step 12, with the last 4 steps being optional (though highly recommended). The program takes around 24 to 36 group sessions to complete, which are conducted in accordance with Inner Peace’s implementation needs and requirements.

During the treatment process, each person will complete a workbook homework prior to coming to a group session. Within the group, each person will have an opportunity to present their homework to the facilitator, who will decide on whether the person passes and can move onto the next step. If the client does not pass, they will have the opportunity to go back and redo their homework, and present it again at the next group session.

All MRT groups are open-ended, meaning that new clients can enter an ongoing group at any time

New Recreation Centre taking shape

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Inside the current Recreation Centre, that is having a face lift

When it comes to physical activity and recreation, Inner Peace has always been committed to making sure this can happen. As part of this, we have worked with the Local Government, and been the stewards of the community Tennis Courts and Club. This has allowed us to enjoy endless practice and many fun-filled tournaments. On top of this, the linked sporting facilities have granted us the ability to always have a cricket team, that maintains the position of local champions against the Fraserburg SAPS. These are always hard-fought battles, and always well attended by the community.

 

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Our new entrance under renovation

The benefits of engaging in these sports and physical activity, have created major changes for our residents, but also for the Fraserburg community. The science has always backed the importance of engaging in physical activity to promote health, but it is also shown to have major benefits in supporting those who are trying to recover from addictions or substance use disorders. Activities such as: weight lifting, yoga, meditation and other physical activity have shown to significantly support healing.

 

Taking this into account, Inner Peace has searched for how it can create a recreation centre, where weight lifting, yoga and meditation can occur (along with other physical activities). As part of this drive, we have started renovating a building, that will be a site for healing, and allowing people to refocus and renew themselves. Finding joy in exercise, ad connecting with their physical bodies. Rebuilding an identity and belief in self again.

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Every gym needs a wall of mirrors!

We are hoping to gain support, through donations of equipment and material to help us finish this centre. We are needing:

Rubber floor mats to protect the cement flooring

Weights

Dumbells

Barbells

Weight machine

Rowing Machines

Treadmills

Stationary bicycles

Yoga mats

V-balls

Miscellaneous gym equipment

We appreciate all the support you can give us, so we can continue to help those in need!

 

Gratitude for Community Support and Donations

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We are so grateful to @Core_Catering for the gracious support to our non-profit organisation Inner Peace.  Our addiction rehabilitation centre, Inner Peace Addiction Treatment Centre, could not do what it needs to do without various organisations or individuals support. Core Catering, with Ravie at the Tygervalley Store, have been instrumental in assisting us in being able to feed and cater to all the residents whom we assist.

It is the small things in life that really matter! We don’t take notice of the small gestures that can change peoples lives. For us, and those who come to us for support in managing the substance use disorders, the ability to live as a family and find dignity as a human being matters! Each gift, no matter how insignificant, really can change a human beings life. And we are always finding such amazing individuals and organisations, who take time out to help and support. We cannot do this alone, and we thank you, each and every person who helps – with kind words or simple acts of kindness, financial donations etc.

When I look at the support we have, we need to thank the following organisations and individuals as well:

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Google Adwords

We are so blessed to have Funding from Google, and their Google Adwords Programme. It is the most powerful display of support by Big Technology, in supporting the work of non-profits like ourselves, in being able to connect with those who need our assistance.

 

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Fraserburg Landboukooperasie Bpk Support

Another important support is the Fraserburg Landboukooperasie Bpk and its team, who have supported us in a variety of projects over the past two years. Their partnership has allowed the Fraserburg Community to enjoy the use of the revitalised Municipal Tennis Courts and so much more. We continue looking forward to our continued relationship and seeing the change within Fraserburg, as well as the people who can to Inner Peace for support.

The Hoogland Municipality has always embraced Inner Peace and welcomed us. Their continuing support is helping not only our organisation to grow, but to allow us to provide support to the community, through various projects. The integration of our centre with the Fraserburg

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Karoo Hoogland Muncipality Support

Community is a key component to the healing of those who come to us, and the establishment of a vibrant Fraserburg.

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NG Kerk Fraserburg Partnership

If not for the Fraserburg NG Church, Inner Peace, would not be where it is today! The church community has embraced Inner Peace and who all stay within its walls, making Fraserburg a welcoming sanctuary, and a place of finding spiritual renewal. It provides a space and place of worship for those who so wish, or a voice of spreading love and care for those who are suffering from Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) and other addictions (or other mental health conditions).

We have also been embraced by the local branch of the Department of Social Development,

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Support from the Department of Social Development – Northern Cape

but by the district and provincial levels of DSD. The journey has been one of solid communication, and the excitement of the future potential partnership projects is something that all of us at Inner Peace are excited to engage with.

When it comes to ensuring the well being of our clients, we cannot thank VitaCare Pharmacy Plattekloof enough. The team has been a pillar of strength and efficiency. I could go on, however, this post would be endless….so for now, I would like to give a shout out from us to say thank you, and send many blessings to all above and those not yet names! Please continue you good work, an being humanitarians in supporting change in this world!

 

Evidence Based Practices in Promoting Recovery and Reducing Recidivism

When it comes to looking at #treatment of #substanceusedisorders (SUDs) or #addiction Inner Peace believes in the use of  Evidence Based Interventions and Practices to promote #recovery. However, we also believe in addressing the whole person, and that means ensuring that the programmes and practices used, must be proven scientifically to have evidence to achieve what they are designed to – in addressing the different aspects of a person. As is the example with Moral Reconation Therapy or #MRT which promotes recovery and also reduces #recidivism, while also promoting pro-social behaviour.

You couldn’t ask for a better programme, than MRT, if it can address more than just the #SUD, but other potential challenges a person may be having.