Group therapy is divided in the following ways:-
The Static Group is a steady group of peers and leaders that meet over a long period of time throughout treatment. This group is a kind of “home” group for a resident and is more in line with the classic group psychotherapy. Members remain in the group for an agreed upon time and the group may be structured around a case load, or peer level.
Residents in this group are engaged in the 12 step program, and remain in this group throughout their stay in the centre. The clients share their past experiences in relevance to the step there are in i.e. step 1-12 of the program.
Because of the nature and sensitivity of the information the general rules of the program are reemphasized during the group process. That is, that physical violence and verbal threats of violence are prohibited. In addition, there is a confidentiality rule, which cautions against disclosing the contents of the group to any person outside the group.
Participants are encouraged to let each individual share their own personal information to the larger community. Being known to the larger community is part of the recovery process, but must be the choice of the individual.
The group is designed to forum for personal disclosure and expression, which in turn assists individuals in self awareness, break denial and also open up about feelings.
This group is often conducted in a seminar series format where residents are provided with basic information on relapse and relapse prevention techniques.
The residents are helped through various exercises to identify their personal high-risk factors and triggers that could lead them to relapse. Residents also learn specific techniques to prevent or manage a relapse.
The lectures focus on chemical dependency, recovery, life skills and relapse prevention planning. The motivational lectures encourage behavioral and attitude change by helping the patients to explore and resolve their own issues.
They also incorporate problem solving initiatives, teamwork and communication skills, challenging and encouraging changes in the individual’s beliefs, trust and commitment. Education about the disease of chemical dependency, through lectures and reading is another key part of treatment.
As with any chronic illness, it’s critical that patients understand the implications of their disease and how to manage it. They need to be educated about what happened and what can happen if they continue to use. They learn that when they use drugs they can’t build trusting relationships and maintain any productive living. They realize that they have to become honest and move from the self-centred life of a dependent person to one that cares for others.
Addicts and alcoholics in Asumbi Treatment Centre find their recovery path through the 12 step spiritually program.
One simple way to understand spirituality is to see that, it is concerned with ability through attitude and actions, to relate with self, others and God as we may understand.
A daily morning meditation that focuses on the benefits of a positive attitude; uplifting readings from recovery texts are read to encourage each individual to work on changing his or her attitude towards themselves, others and life as a whole.