With the plans for expansion of the deaddiction center getting approved by the Up Town Council, the residents feel safer knowing that their wards and loved ones can now receive world class treatment for their vices and devils. Here’s what the director of the Little Bear deaddiction center, Jonathan Rigalo had to say on the topic.
There are about 12 principles that a deaddiction center follows and many of them are actually linked with the society and immediate surroundings of the outpatient. When an individual walks into a deaddiction unit, he or she is cut off from his usual triggers but once he is released back into the actual world, those triggers can creep up rather quickly. This is where the society has to come together and help maintain the sobriety of former addicts.
According to Jonathan, the following practices not only make for better recovery but also a stronger society.
Accepting an individual fresh out of recovery as basically the same human being without taking his former addiction into account is paramount in his or her complete recovery. This means no labeling as an addict but rather calling them as neighbors, friends, son, daughters, mothers and fathers – the usual labels of society.
Society is quick to lose trust in someone the moment they realize he or she was or is an addict. Granted that those addicted to substance abuse tend to be untrustworthy but they are not the same person when they come out of rehabilitation programs. They are sane now, can act, feel, think and behave rationally. Why should you treat them any different then?
Showing Love And Gratitude
Inside a deaddiction center, residents are given love, security and gratitude. This is a cornerstone of the program and probably a big factor in why a person suffering from addiction decides to change in the first place. Most who enroll into our programs do so out of compulsion or timely intervention but once inside, they consciously take a decision to turn their lives around because of the gratitude and love they receive inside. This must continue outside the program too for complete success.
Young addicts tend to lose faith in humanity and society quickly. They haven’t had the time to get cheated, learn trust and reacquire faith yet. Being addicted does not make this easier either. The society should avoid labels, avoid treating outpatients different so as to help restore their faith.
Recovering from an addiction is a lifetime project. While you can enter and exit our premises with a change in lifestyle, to maintain it you have to follow a plan or regiment all your life. This is something that most folks fail to understand – just how hard it is to work towards recovery. They think once you recover you have finished your ordeals. No, true challenge begins then – staying sober. Family and friends have a big part to play in this. You are the first to know when it becomes difficult for the patient. And hence, it is your job to ensure his continuous work never stops.