The typical daily regime of Nolan-J Centre is highly structured, begins at 6 a.m. and ends at 11 p.m. in which residents participate in.
This is a weekly practice but can also be arranged anytime outside normal schedule depending on the need of the client.
It is a process by which a patient is guided, supported and directed by his or her counselor as he or she develops personal strategies and plans the course and expectation of treatment goals. It is designed to help the patients build commitment throughout the process of behavior and attitude modification.
There are three of such per day. 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-centered life of a dependent person to one that cares for others.
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, Higher Power and life as a whole.
A daily evening meeting of patients with their leaders but under the supervision of a counselor that focus on the issues facing each person individually as they work on their recovery.
They at times take the form of “house” meetings where patients discuss the problems affecting the day to day functioning of the community, emergencies such as irresponsibility, relapses and other infractions in the community. The group therapies are designed to promote positive lifestyle change through peer reinforcement, behavioral modification, mutual support and respect.
Regularly scheduled and unscheduled self motivated activities (such as sports, exercise,) to help the individual develop ways of relaxing and focusing on positive things (alternative activities) to improve social skills and responsible recreational interactions.
This is unstructured interactions where patients share their experiences with each other informally. Through sharing they develop hope by realizing that they are not alone, they are not unique and terrible but that they are experiencing the consequences of an illness. They find they can talk about their hopes and dreams and share their pains and struggles with a supportive person. It is one of the effective aspects of this treatment approach.
A therapeutic tool involving work/job assignments e.g. cleaning the rooms … designed to promote self-esteem and responsibility. The patients take care of their own personal chores as well as participating in making the centre a clean and safe environment.