Substance Use Disorders and Addictions are considered diseases; however, people get addicted to alcohol, drugs and other substances for different reasons. While the effects of addiction are almost always the same, the cause of the problem varies from case to case. There is no one particular treatment that is guaranteed to work on all people with substance use disorders or addictions. This is why addiction counselors and rehabilitation facilities apply different methods and programs to help people to get on the road to recovery.
The Inner Peace Addiction Treatment Centre incorporates the evidence based Therapeutic Community (TC) framework. TC has – proven to be a powerful treatment approach for SUDs and related problems in living.
The TC is fundamentally a self and mutual help approach that treats the whole person, where peers role model appropriate behaviors and are involved in the running of the community.
As part of the services within this framework, the following evidence based programmes are used:
- Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) – is a systematic, cognitive-behavioral, step-by-step treatment strategy designed to enhance self-image, promote growth of a positive, productive identity, and facilitate the development of higher stages of moral reasoning. All of these goals are ultimately demonstrated by more appropriate behavior on the part of programme participants. This is the only evidence based programme that has shown to improve Substance Use Disorders outcomes, along with decreasing Antisocial Personality behaviors and reducing recidivism simultaneously.
- Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) – is a programme integrating mindfulness meditation practices within traditional relapse prevention (RP). Traditional RP is a cognitive-behavioral interventions designed to help prevent or manage relapse for clients following treatment for addictive behavioural problems. Similarly MBRP is designed as an outpatient aftercare program to support maintenance of treatment gains and to foster a sustainable lifestyle for individuals in recovery.
- REACH Forgiveness – is a 5 Step Model that utilizes psychoeducational groups to assist participants in developing forgiveness
- Alcoholics/Narcotics/Overeaters Anonymous (AA/NA/OA) etc. – these 12 Step Fellowships are the largest international mutual-help organisations, who hold to the principle of “Only an alcoholic/addict can help another alcoholic/addict.” The programmes are based on 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, which are slowly embodied by participants. Research has shown that participation in these fellowships may assist life style change, as well as that those with addictions involved with helping other people with addictions are better able to maintain a recovery lifestyle.
And in support of these, the staff utilizes evidence based practices:
- Motivational Interviewing (MI) – is a powerful approach to facilitating change. It is designed to find a constructive way through the challenges that often arise when a helper ventures into someone else’s motivation for change. In particular, MI is about arranging conversations so that people talk themselves into change, based on their own value and interests.
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – is a counselling method that utilizes cognitive and behavioral interventions. It has demonstrated efficacy as monotherapy or in combination with other treatment strategies for addictions.
- Contingency Management (CM) – provides a primary challenge in countering the robust reinforcing effects of drugs or other addiction foci. The CM approach is grounded in operant learning theory and involves the administration of non-drug or addictive behavioral foci (e.g. certificates, privileges, vouchers, etc.) following demonstration of abstinence in additive behaviors or other undesirable behaviors.
Substance Use Disorders are viewed by the professional staff as primary diseases in which an individual manifests a relationship with alcohol and/or other substances, that causes distress. The primary goal of treatment at the Inner Peace Addiction Treatment Centre is continued, meaningful abstinence on the part of the substance using person. Sometimes, patients are also beset with concurrent emotional and psychiatric disorders, which need to be identified and treated with equal energy. Therefore, when indicated by history or behaviour, clients are assessed for not only for substance use disorders, but other mental health problems as well.