ADDICTION TREATMENT        

                    …. caring for the wounded

PERSPECTIVE

Despite all the efforts made to prevent the widespread of drugs through prevention, unfortunately there will always be a number of persons who will use harmful substances.

Most toxic substances and addictive behaviours tend to frustrate the mind in such an intensive way that users eventually loose control over their will. Hence the freedom to act properly is temporally lost. Instead of facing the challenging reality with responsibility, these people often resort to the misuse of mood altering substances as an easy way out of difficult situation or for the sake of the thrill.

OBJECTIVES

In line with the concept of addiction as a disease, OASI Tertiary Programme suggests total abstinence as a basic element needed in order to halt the harmful physical and mental progression caused by substance abuse, be it drugs or alcohol. In a milieu of care and understanding, the OASI treatment programme assists and directs the addict or alcoholic to regain physical and psychological freedom from the servitude of the instant gratification intrinsic to an addictive personality.

METHOD

Whatever its method of therapeutic practice or approach, treatment against addiction has one objective: that of facilitating people with a history of substance abuse to rupture the impairment of denial and in becoming aware of their inherent addiction problem consequently motivate themselves towards a secure, gradual, personal recovery process.

The treatment and rehabilitation programme used at OASI Foundation is based on the Minnesota Twelve Steps model. As the name implies, this therapeutic model was developed in Minnesota, United States in the 1940s. Along the years, big developments occurred in this treatment approach, but the basic concepts remained the same:

  • Treat persons with chemical dependency or addicted behaviour;
  • Treat them with dignity;
  • Treat them as a whole person: body, mind and spirit.

The therapy used in the OASI Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Programme is client centred. It builds up as the client progresses in his recovery. Staff and personnel are expected to provide a caring milieu in the immediate client’s environment. Counsellors provide support and warmth and yet are vigilant enough to challenge and confront clients when it is really needed for their own safety and healing process.

The knowledge, awareness, acceptance and esteem that are self acquired by the clients through counselling and through the insight on the disease of addiction and alcoholism, can in due time make again, or for the first time, the life of the addicted or alcoholic interesting, worth it and desirable to live.

ACTION

OASI therapeutic treatment and rehabilitation programme is complemented by a number of other supporting and care service aimed at the continuous recovery process of each client.

Every client choosing a treatment programme at OASI Treatment Unit passes through Outreach and Motivational Encounters to prepare him or her towards admission into the Residential Phase of the programme (exceptional cases of addiction are taken on outpatient treatment), followed by the phase of social reintegration through a Continued Care Programme at the Half Way House complemented by relapse prevention and recovery services.

People in crisis often bring their family and social environment in disarray. Therefore, services include assistance to family members and significant others for their own personal recovery so that they in return and in a healthy manner could offer a continued support to the recovering addict or alcoholic member in their family.