Treatment and Wellness
Hope Trust's approach is holistic: by addressing the physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual areas of total recovery. It also incorporates traditional Indian elements such as Yoga and meditation. At Hope Trust, clients are gradually taught to lead a disciplined and healthy lifestyle through an intensive schedule of Yoga, meditation, therapy classes, daily moral inventory, and management of feelings, group / individual counselling, 12-step work, regular attendance at AA / NA meetings and recreation. All this is backed by expert medical and psychiatric services with regular updates to family. The recovery program is a structured process with clearly defined protocols to address individual issues through various stages of recovery and is based on proven methodologies of addiction counselling and rehabilitation. Staff reviews every case on a daily basis and evolves individual strategies. The services include detox, inpatient and outpatient treatment options, family support, relapse prevention and aftercare.
At Hope Trust, we believe drug treatment and alcohol treatment should address the specific needs of each individual. Individuals, their history or cultural backgrounds differ. There are varying degrees of abuse. Some individuals may have a history of prior attempts to end their abuse patterns and failed. For those who fall into this category, inpatient residential treatment may prove fruitful.
Individuals with years of heavy drug or alcohol abuse may have a more difficult time when it comes to ending their abuse patterns. The difficulty may lie in the fact that their lifestyle has consisted of drug or alcohol use for such an extended period of time that it may be difficult for them to imagine living without substances. This type of individual may greatly benefit from choosing a drug treatment or alcohol treatment method by attending a long term inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. This type of treatment generally involves a period of over three months so as to provide the individual with an extensive change of environment as well as care twenty-four hours a day. Research has proven that this may be the most successful type of treatment for those who have a history of heavy substance abuse spanning over many years.
For many, recovery has become a revolving door of treatment centre after treatment centre. This need not be the case. Drug and alcohol recovery is possible. You can do it and we can help! Contact us for a free confidential consultation and referral. We have over ten years of experience specializing in drug treatment and alcohol treatment.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment
Drug and alcohol abuse treatment is an important part of recovering from addiction. In substance abuse, the goal of treatment is to return the individual to productive functioning in the family, workplace, and community. While in treatment, recovering patients learn about addiction, recovery and relapse while addressing misguided beliefs about self, others and their environment. Attending a treatment program helps the recovering drug abuser make lifestyle changes, manage feelings, develop coping tools and drug refusal skills. In addition, they learn to identify relapse warning signs and challenge thoughts that may lead to relapse. The treatment works with the affected person and family to improve self-esteem and self-worth, heal core traumas, learn life-skills, gain control over addictive patterns, improve the health of the body, in addition to recovering from alcohol abuse. Treatment focuses on helping each person to rebalance their lives and gain the skills they need to live a successful, satisfying life, free from alcohol abuse. Those who attend treatment find that they have more skills and confidence in creating the lives they want, complete with good relationships, a satisfying job or career, and enjoyment of day to day life.
Detox is the first step in treatment. What does it mean to enter a detox? The definition of detoxification is as follows: "A treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol intended to rid the body of the addictive substances, and the physiological and mental readjustment that accompanies the process." This definition refers to the physical withdrawal symptoms of alcohol and abuse, as well as the psychological symptoms experienced while in detox. Alcohol and drug addiction requires detox before beginning the recovery program. When alcohol and drug residuals remain in the body, cravings will continue and recovery from alcohol addiction will be very difficult to achieve. At Hope Trust, detox is done under the care of a medical team comprising of physicians and a psychiatrist. The individual is monitored for physical and psychological symptoms during detox.
Long Term Treatment
It involves individuals spending a substantial amount of time on their drug addiction treatment program. Generally, it is conducted in residential treatment facilities. When an individual enters a long term treatment program they know that they have truly dedicated themselves to recovering from their drug addiction.
At Hope Trust it generally lasts anywhere from 3 to 6 months and is focused on the "re-socialization" of the individual. The treatment uses the program's entire "community," including other residents, staff, and the social context, as active components of treatment. It focuses on developing personal accountability responsibility aiming at socially productive lives. It is highly structured with activities designed to help residents examine damaging beliefs, self-concepts, and patterns of behaviour and to adopt new, more harmonious and constructive ways to interact with others.
Some thoughts on duration: Those who stay in drug treatment longer than three months usually have better outcomes than those who stay for a lesser time. Over the last 15 years, studies have shown that drug treatment works to reduce an individual's drug use and the crimes committed by drug addicted individuals. Research has also shown that those who have successfully completed a drug treatment program are more likely to be employed.
Gambling Addiction Treatment
Most treatment for problem gambling involves counseling, step-based programs, self-help, peer-support, medication, or a combination of these. However, no one treatment is considered to be most efficacious, and Hope Trust devises individual treatment strategies.
Gamblers Anonymous (GA) is a commonly used treatment for gambling problems. Modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous, GA uses a 12-step model that emphasizes a mutual-support approach. Hope Trust bases its treatment broadly on the 12 Steps.
One form of counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to reduce symptoms and gambling-related urges. This type of therapy focuses on the identification of gambling-related thought processes, mood and cognitive distortions that increase one’s vulnerability to out-of-control gambling. Additionally, CBT approaches frequently utilize skill-building techniques geared toward relapse prevention, assertiveness and gambling refusal, problem solving and reinforcement of gambling-inconsistent activities and interests. Hope Trust employs CBT to reinforce the gamblers’ recovery.
As to behavioral treatment, some recent research supports the use of both activity scheduling and desensitization in the treatment of gambling problems. At Hope Trust, the person is urged to follow a structured lifestyle with little or no triggers.
One step-based program for gambling issues is Gamblers Anonymous. Gamblers Anonymous uses a 12-step program adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous and also places an emphasis on peer support.
Other step-based programs are specific to gambling and generic to healing addiction, creating financial health, and improving mental wellness.
Hope Trust’s experience with gambling treatment
Hope Trust has significant experience with treatment of gambling. The evidence- based recovery program is structured within the broad peer group (other addictions included) and is based on the 12 Step model which is proven to be effective. The other elements include Hope Trust’s well known model – effective protocols for breaking denial, family support, relapse prevention, family communication, CBT, medical and psychiatric inputs, follow-up, and holistic approach including Yoga, meditation and mindfulness.