III phase of SMART Recovery program is support and building connections.
III phase :: Reconnecting
In this phase of treatment, patient maintain abstinence still with a significant support from important people in their surroundings and learn how to create healthy relationships with other people.
Main goal of this phase of treatment is to prevent withdrawal and achieve social reintegration of the individual.
Addict’s family is taught how to recognize when the identified patient is experiencing withdrawal and help the addict overcome it without resorting to substance use.
During the program, reasons behind the condition are anylized, revising all the development phases of the condition of both the identified patient and patient’s family.
Addiction is usually rooted in early phases of patient’s development. Family has an important role in development of addiction, usually in the sense of not recognizing addictive behaviors in patient’s childhood. Find out what role does the family have in treating addiction.
While addiction is developing in one of the family members, the family transforms into a family of an addict. Family’s defense mechanisms first lead it into a state of denial, trivializing, then rationalizing the problem to “protect” themselves from the fact that they have an addict in the family.
This is why the whole family needs to receive treatment.
After the patient recovers and rehabilitates, he/she returns to the environment where the substance abuse began. If the patient is the only one in his/hers environment that changed and received treatment and no changes occurred in the family, the achieved progress diminishes over time. The circumstances will quickly lead the patient into the phase of withdrawal and previous state of functioning aka the model of addictive behavior. Exactly that moment of crisis is what should be avoided, since the probability for relapse is the strongest.
Patient’s friends that are not suffering from addiction, but are willing to help, should be also included in patient’s treatment. Friends help the patient socialize in a healthy manner, preventing triggers that may lead to withdrawal and providing support for further recovery.
III phase is administered through group therapy of patients and assistants in treatment, 2x a week for 90 minutes. This phase lasts for minimum 6 months.
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