1. Can addiction be treated?
Yes. Addiction can be treated successfully. There has been significant scientific research over the years in the field of addiction and its treatment. This has led to the development of evidence-based interventions in substance use disorders that helps people stop abusing alcohol and other drugs and resume sober, productive lives.
2. Is addiction curable?
Addiction is a chronic disease. That means it is incurable; however it is treatable. Like other incurable diseases such as diabetes or heart disease, it can be managed successfully. Treatment helps the affected person to counter addiction's powerful disruptive effects on the brain and behaviour of the addict. If treatment is adhered to, the addict can regain manageability and achieve balance in their lives.
3. Does a relapse means the treatment has failed?
The disease of addiction is chronic, means that a relapse is likely at any time - just like in any other chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma or heart disease. These diseases also have physical and behaviourial components. Treatment involves changing thinking and behaviour patterns. Therefore a relapse does not mean treatment has failed. It only means that the treatment has to be reviewed or reinforced.
4. What are the main elements of treatment?
Research indicates that a combination of medications and behavioural therapy is the most effective treatment method. Community support groups are also important in maintaining recovery.
5. How can medication helps in drug addiction treatment?
Different types of medications may be useful at different stages of treatment such as withdrawal management where the patient may experience a variety of uncomfortable physical and emotional symptoms. Certain medications are designed to reduce these symptoms, and make this stage easier. Some medications may be used during treatment to help the brain adapt gradually to the absence of the abused drug. These medications help in minimizing cravings, thereby helping the addict to focus on counseling and psychotherapeutic inputs. Moreover addiction experts have identified that triggers such as stress and cues linked to the individual's drug and alcohol using experience cause a person to get into a relapse mode. Medications are being developed to counter such triggers and help the person sustain his or her recovery.
6. How does behavioural therapy work in addiction treatment?
Behaviourial therapy such as CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) helps in modifying attitudes, enhance life skills to handle stressful circumstances and environmental factors that may trigger craving and lead to relapse. Since addiction affects all areas of the person, treatment must address the whole person, including his social, ethical and spiritual areas.
7. What is the duration of treatment?
Research has indicated that a minimum of three months (90 days) is required to effectively manage withdrawals, provide therapies and prepare the addict to enter a new life.
8. How secured the facility is?
Security guards and CCTV cameras are located on every floor. Ours is a closed rehab and permission is needed for clients to exit the facility.
9. When and how the family can communicate with their loved ones?
1st one month the patient is not allowed to meet the family members. The assigned counsellor is the point of contact between family and the institution and can be reached during working hours. Any interaction with family is at the discretion of the assigned counsellor and determined by therapy requirements. Generally calls are allowed on weekends with prior information. Patient's status is updated to families/support persons regularly apart from status report sent via email on monthly basis.
10. What about the therapy team?
We at Parivartan Wellness Retreat have a qualified and experienced therapy team with different educational backgrounds and experience working together to provide optimal personalized care to the client.
11. Do the patients have to bring their own clothing etc?
The patients have to bring their own clothing at the time of admission - comfortable and casual attire is recommended. Patients should also bring their own towels. However, linen, blankets, Yoga mats are provided.
12. Who looks after the medication of the patients?
We have nursing staff and medical personnel on site 24X7.
13. How you deal with Violence at the facility?
Any sort of physical or verbal violence is strictly prohibited. However, in very rare cases, if the patient poses harm to themselves or others around them, they may be temporarily medically restrained in consultation with the medical staff.
14. What is the medical facilities you provide?
A senior physician and psychiatrist visit the facility regularly to check on the patients. However, it must be stressed that ours is not a full-fledged medical facility and the patient will be shifted to a speciality hospital in case of any acute medical eventuality. Families are required to attend immediately on being notified.
15. What is the role of the family during the treatment?
We recognise addiction as a family disease. Families are educated on various aspects of addiction, co-dependency and therapy structure to improve their awareness. Family's concerns are addressed through in person, phone and counseling sessions. We deeply encourage family members to attend support group meetings outside the treatment centre.
16. What course of action to be taken after the treatment?
After the discharge, we recommend the patient and the family to follow-up with us at least once a month in person or by phone so as to address ongoing challenges in early recovery. We recommend these follow-up sessions for 12 to 18 months post discharge. Meanwhile, both the patients and the families are expected to attend self-help group meetings in their neighborhood for a better prognosis.