Phase II of the SMART RECOVERY
program is the next phase of the addiction treatment that focuses on changing the patient’s lifestyle and habits. Patients who have not gone through clinical detoxification can also participate in this program.
The treatment program of phase II is designed as a half-day treatment sessions over the period of 6 weeks.
The goal is to provide the patient with the psychological support during the most difficult period in regard of psychological crisis – immediately after detoxification.
Patients come to LORIJEN Addiction Center early in the morning and learn how to regain control of their lives through various therapeutic activities, how to control drug cravings and how to recognize and overcome risky situations.
When creating the therapeutic program for a patient in Phase II, having in mind the personal characteristics and needs of each patient.
RELAPSE PREVENTION PROGRAM
This psychotherapeutic program involves a series of cognitive-behavioral techniques and lifestyle changes, whose goal is to achieve, strengthen, and maintain positive behavioral changes. The self-control behaviors acquired in this program can be effectively applied in dealing with all addictive behaviors in parallel with other psychotherapeutic methods.
The patient learns to anticipate and recognize situations where there is a high risk of relapse. Those circumstances are usually brought on by painful feelings, long-term conflicts with individuals in the patient’s immediate surroundings, and the influence of old friends. The patient learns how to establish and maintain control in each of these situations and act constructively. Additionally, he is taught techniques to help him control cravings. All relapse prevention techniques require active participation of the patient, who is encouraged to analyze his behavior, attitudes, and emotional reactions, in order to learn and change.
In case the patient relapses, despite all cautionary measures, rapid intervention is necessary in order to prevent the patient from falling back into old behavioral patterns, lose motivation for maintaining abstinence, and builds up walls of psychological defense mechanisms. Relapse is also used as an opportunity for the patient to learn which traps he should avoid in the future.
Psychoeducation is an educational program with an aim to get patients acquainted with their addiction, to reflect on it and understand the impact it is having on their lives. They are taught basics about drugs, sedative/hypnotic medication, alcohol, problem gambling, etc. Patients also learn how different substances affect the body and brain, and the extent of the damage these substances can cause. They are helped to analyze the causes and development of the disease and its consequences, by being provided with insights into the mechanisms of the disease, as well as understanding of the patient-family relationship. Patients are aided in developing the tools necessary to fight off triggers that remind them of their problem, any resistance to the treatment and abstinence in general, as well as withdrawal.
Within the framework of psychoeducation, patients are asked to analyze the course of recovery and potential personal changes, and plan for the next phase of treatment.
Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the processes of creating art in order to establish physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
The creative processes, which take place during the artistic expression of an individual, can help the person develop important problem-solving skills, teach him how to manage emotions and behaviors, how to reduce stress and positively influence their self-esteem..
In a safe and creative environment, our therapists support and encourage creativity of patients, by helping them understand and accept what they expressed through art. If ready, the patient can openly talk about his emotions, both at art therapy with other members of the group, and later with his psychiatrist at the personal session.
This program includes a set of specially-designed stretching, breathing, and relaxation exercises that enable the patient to achieve physical and mental calmness. This program also helps patients regain the physical aptitude that they may have lost as a result of long-term substance abuse.
This is the first step in creating a healthy habit which, if further practiced and developed, can help not only maintain abstinence, but also reverse brain damage caused by drug use..