The focus is on social learning, personal growth, lifestyle change and concepts such as peer pressure, role modeling, self-help, personal responsibility, reality confrontation.
The process of social learning is specifically the inculcation of more positive values and direction facilitated by an open and sharing atmosphere where people are understanding each others problems and are encouraged to support each other and help themselves and one another improve.The treatment program is implemented in three different stages namely:
Any interested suffering addict who voluntarily seeks admission could be admitted at any time on any day of the week if she/ he meets the basic admission requirements. None is refused admission because she/he lacks the fees.(this has to be determined by the A.T.C. Director/ coordinator).
During admission each patient receives a thorough assessment. A holistic team approach is taken and every aspect of a patient’s life is evaluated; physical, emotional, spiritual, social and intellectual. The information including chemical use history is pooled to form a patient’s profile; an individualized recovery plan is developed. Key issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety and grief are also addressed. Some patients may have co-existing problems such as clinical depression or sexual abuse that need to be addresses as well.
The patient then undergoes a two weeks orientation program which includes:
The primary treatment focuses on the 12 steps of the AA/NA programme of recovery. It is divided into two segments with the first segment focusing on learning more about chemical dependency and an individual’s acceptance of it. The second deals with the program of recovery and establishing a sober lifestyle. Presentations and group exercises are directed at the theme of each segment. The cycle for each allows for individuals to “plug into” the segment at any point.
The duration is at least the last 2 weeks. Preparation for discharge includes addressing the clients’ fears and weakness, assessing progress, organizing family meeting and sessions, determining aftercare support, planning follow-ups, determining the readiness for discharge, and setting discharge date. If one is not ready for discharge, the counselors determine why and make definite recommendations for continuation (what areas need attention, duration required for continuity, any viable changes in the treatment plan, etc.)