Video: Community Alcohol Services Nottingham
Philosophy and Approach to Treatment
Community Alcohol Services recovery programme is based on the belief that chemically dependent people are to remain abstinent from mood altering substances and that the ability to achieve individual potential, as well as forming meaningful relationships, are vital to recovery. The aim of the programme is to help you to work towards:
abstinence from mood altering substances; and,
an improved quality of life.
The pursuit of these goals calls for a serious commitment. Our treatment programme initiates the change process necessary for good recovery. Progression towards these goals can be achieved during your participation in the programme. By meeting some of the following aims you can indicate that you are moving in the right direction to get well. The first aim is to help you recognise your condition. This can be tricky in the early stages of treatment as part of the difficulty in recognising the condition is inherent in the condition itself. Often the dependent person does not fully realise the extent of the problem and will go to great lengths to conceal it. This concealment, often labelled as ‘denial’, is a protective defense mechanism which shields the person from the feelings of shame and guilt and self-recrimination associated with dependence but which, paradoxically, keeps the sufferer in the condition. The initial treatment approach therefore, is to help you gain a realistic awareness of your problem and, most importantly, the type of person you can become without dependence upon substances.
The second aim is to develop an understanding that you need help and that you can deal with the condition in a positive way. The model we use is one of acceptance of a chronic, debilitating and progressive condition, consisting of a physical dependency and a powerful psychological compulsion to seek and consume a substance, despite the overwhelming negative consequences this often brings. It is a condition that does not simply ‘go away’. Instead of struggling to change or avoid this, our approach concentrates on learning to live life in a constructive and fulfilling manner. Identification with others who share the condition and who are accomplishing this is a key factor.
The third aim is to help you identify what needs to be changed and how such change might be implemented. You will be encouraged to examine feelings, attitudes, behaviours and relationships to ascertain in what respect they are self-defeating and to what extent they are likely to interfere with your recovery. In addition to the examination of the negative aspects of the condition, the person is encouraged to undertake an inventory of their personal qualities which can then be utilised in taking positive steps towards recovery.
The fourth aim is to help you translate developing awareness of your condition into positive action. This requires a commitment to modify self-defeating behaviours, to strive for openness and honesty in all aspects of life, to improve relationships, to handle negative feelings constructively and to make realistic plans to carry them out.
In summary, it is our belief that dependence on substances is a condition which is primary, chronic, destructive and progressive in nature. Our treatment is aimed at helping those admitted into our programme recognise their condition, develop an understanding that recovery is possible, identify strategies for change and develop alternatives to using substances and progress towards leading a fulfilled and contented life.
The programme structure is intensive and seeks to imitate the fixated nature of addiction in a positive and constructive way. This represents a complete contrast to the disarray that is so familiar to those with addictive problems. Early stage treatment concentrates on ensuring physical and mental health is sufficiently stabilised in order to benefit from participation in the full programme as soon as possible.
In pursuing treatment aims we work towards progressive health gains in global functioning and thus enhance quality of life. We seek to offer a comprehensive treatment package delivered within a framework of core treatment components.
We employ a number of approaches in our treatment process drawn from diverse cognitive and behavioural disciplines. However, our main focus centres upon delivering The 12 Step abstinence based model of recovery within a group therapy milieu.
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