Treating substance addiction is a bit like trying to put an octopus to bed. It is a many-faceted condition, interrelating social and personality issues and physical dependence along with pre-existing psychological and medical conditions such as bipolar disorder or dread diseases, dysfunctional family environments, peer groups practicing illegalities, – the list goes on; addiction can seldom be viewed in its own light solely.
Whilst addiction recovery programming has its roots in the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, developed nearly eight years ago – which, incidentally, kicked off group therapy as a peer strategy – Self Management and Recovery Training (SMART), Harm Reduction (which advocates against total abstinence and should be avoided), the Sinclair Method, Refuge Recovery (Buddhist-based), other faith-based programmes and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy have all arisen since. Recovery approaches such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), equine therapy, animal-assisted therapy, acupuncture, nutritional counselling and education, yoga, music and art therapy all find, to varying degrees, places in the treatment processes of substance abuse clients.
That said, HouseOnCedar has recently reviewed and updated its suite of recovery programmes, dropping the cumbersome or less-productive in favour of best-of-breed approaches gleaned from the array of success treatment options available. In addition, HouseOnCedar keeps its ear to the ground and inculcates new ideas as they arise – so long as they have proven records of success.
“Our revised programmes consist of strategies that, over time, have produced feasible results, along with techniques developed in-house and found to be effective, to arrive at what we consider to be the most effective and efficient treatment options for our clients” says, Julie Tantum, head of HouseOnCedar.
Whilst programmes benchmarks may be established, given the diversity of issues inherent in each client’s make up, along with practical considerations which may make short- or long-term secondary live-in care, or halfway living, or non-residential programme options better suited to one client than another, each client at HouseOnCedar is given a uniquely-tailored schedule of recovery activities suited to each his or her own treatment needs.
“There are as many ways of recovering as there are people in recovery and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. At HouseOnCedar, we are sure of only one thing: addiction is a chronic, relapse-prone condition, and the solution lies in long-term, behavioural and attitudinal change, along with attention to vulnerable emotional and psychological areas. Our emphasis is, therefore, on extended or long-term care, be that in secondary rehabilitation or halfway living, where new, healthy, positive and effective life skills can not only be learned but become habit” says Tantum.