SCRC offers a cost-effective, long-term residential programme, which requires a minimum treatment duration of six months. The primary objective of treatment is to achieve an internal paradigm shift from a “culture of addiction” to a “culture of recovery”, in order to restore a person to their rightful place as a contributing member of society.
A comprehensive programme is achieved by using professional referrals, a multi-disciplinary team and varied elements of treatment available at SCRC to formulate a holistic Individual Treatment Plan (ITP), unique to each person in our care. Reviewed on a weekly basis, an ITP provides the framework for each resident’s personal rehabilitation and development. An ITP focuses on all maladaptive mechanisms, not only those specific to substance abuse, as well as dual diagnoses – in order to manage thoughts, emotions and behaviour; improve life skills; restore family relationships; develop abilities; achieve employability and cultivate spirituality.
“A Programme of Excellence”
THE 12 STEPS
The acclaimed international AA and NA 12 Step programmes, as well as the Spiritual 12 Step programme, form a core element of treatment at SCRC. Each step is worked in detail, with each resident completing a minimum of Step 7 before being able to graduate from the programme.
SPECIALISED IN-HOUSE PROGRAMMES
Addressing underlying issues and associated disorders is of critical importance in the treatment of addiction. To this end, SCRC offers a number of specialised programmes which have been specifically structured to address relevant challenges. These In-House programmes constitute another central element of the programme at SCRC.
Our Drug Of Choice In-House programmes have been carefully designed to educate and to address the idiosyncratic behaviours, thought processes and beliefs related to that particular drug of choice. Alongside this, SCRC also offers Associated Behavioural and Trauma In-House programmes. These focus on underlying issues, such as Disordered Eating, Body Image, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Addiction, Co-dependency, Anger Management, Self-esteem and Self-harm, that could trigger a relapse or hinder recovery.
Group therapy is another important element in the holistic approach to treatment. As such, SCRC facilitates a number of different group formats, which have been developed to address the multi-layered problems associated with addiction. All groups are facilitated by members of our trained therapeutic team. These groups include the following:
SWOT Groups, Abuse Groups, Drug of Choice Groups, 12 Step Groups , Parents’ Groups, Spirituality Groups, Eating Disorder Groups, Topic Groups, Powerlessness and Damages Groups, Grief Groups, Collateral Groups, Cell Groups, AA Groups, NA Groups, Peer Groups, House Processing Groups and Gender Groups.
The multi-disciplinary therapeutic team at SCRC is comprised of counselling psychologists, clinical psychologists, social workers, addiction counsellors, registered nurses, a sessional psychiatrist and a sessional general practitioner. At all times, residents have access to the support, guidance, love and discipline of every member of the therapeutic team, each of whom have their own specific areas of expertise. This ensures a wide range of therapeutic styles and interventions throughout the treatment process.
A primary counsellor is assigned to each resident for regular individual counselling, which takes the forms of cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, task allocation, mediation, problem solving, goal setting, journalling and family therapy. In line with an ever-evolving Individual Treatment Plan, a primary counsellor is assigned to meet a resident’s specific needs at different stages of rehabilitation.
On arrival at SCRC, a medical intake assessment is conducted as well as initial psychological assessments. This screening process indicates the most appropriate initial primary counsellor, who will then conduct further psychosocial interviews to identify multiple areas for therapeutic intervention. An MCMI III assessment also contributes to the development of the Individual Treatment Plan. Further psychological support is available in the form of personality assessments, aptitude tests, cognitive assessments and career guidance.
Family therapy is strongly recommended as part of the programme at SCRC. We encourage family members to spend time with us in the sanctity of the SCRC environment and to participate in mediated counselling sessions with their loved one in treatment. Throughout the treatment process, SCRC remains in regular contact with the family. Family members are also encouraged to participate in their own journey of recovery and attend support groups, such as HEAL.
SOCIAL WORK SERVICES
During the course of the programme at SCRC, our experienced social workers are available to assist with any previous or current court proceedings, criminal charges and child interventions that may have arisen out of active addiction.
Education and life skills training is an essential aspect of our programme, in that it functions to equip our residents with the knowledge and skills required to effectively understand and manage themselves, interact with society and deal with the challenges of life in recovery. Our training programme is extensive and includes over 50 lectures and presentations. This training is practically applied within the therapeutic community and modelled in group therapy sessions.
Our annual Addiction Treatment & Recovery seminars also ensure the transfer of this critical information, to residents and their families.
Physical health is imperative in recovery, as it assists in improving self-esteem and alleviating the symptoms of associated mood disorders. The majority of our residents arrive in treatment under-nourished and in poor health. To ensure physical rehabilitation, time is allocated within the daily programme for compulsory exercise. Residents have the opportunity to make use of our gym facilities, under the guidance of a qualified personal trainer. We also focus on good nutrition, ensuring that our residents’ food intake is healthy and balanced.
RELAPSE PREVENTION PLANNING
Adopting a preventative mindset with regards to relapse is a vital component of successful, sustained recovery. To this end, a personalised relapse prevention plan, life plan and warning signs documentation are pre-requisites for graduation from our programme. Without these, a productive and prolonged recovery is unlikely.
These agreements are prepared with assistance and input from our therapeutic team, and focus on the use of support structures, realistic goal-setting, effective maintenance of accountability and safe re-integration into society, post-treatment. Throughout the treatment process, relapse prevention training is also provided by our therapeutic team.