Alcohol Dependence is an overwhelming desire to drink alcohol and the developing of withdrawal symptoms upon stopping.
A Person needs help if found with following:
- Need to drink alcohol everyday
- Strong desire to drink
- Drink alcohol often
- Drink early first thing in the morning
- Spending time in activities where alcohol is available
- Neglect other interest or pleasure because of Alcohol
- Need to drink more alcohol to get the same feeling
- I can stop if I want to, I can cope, I can stop at any time are signs of denial
- Earlier the help, lesser the damage and better the recovery
- In 85% of the domestic violence cases, the husbands were alcoholic
- Many harmful drinkers are not dependant and they can stop if they want to with counseling and help
- 10 to 15% of people who drink alcohol develop dependence
- 20 % of absenteeism and 40 % of accidents are happening due to Alcohol
Treatment Options for Alcohol De-addiction are:
One week In-patient Program for Detox
21 days Detox Program
Two months of Detox, De-addiction and Relapse prevention
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Drug addiction and abuse is as common as alcohol abuse and dependence with much more long lasting and disabling effect on the people abusing. There are many drugs of abuse ranging from cough syrup which is easily available to banned drugs like cannabis or cocaine or LSD and others.
At Mind Zone people with following drug abuse are commonly seen and treated:
- Prescription drug abuse like sleeping pills
- Injectable abuse like Pethidine etc
At Mind Zone Centre for alcohol and Drug De-addiction and rehabilitation specialists deal with each of the drug addiction in the most professional way so that reasons for abuse/dependency are analyzed along with its effects on the system and environment of the individual so that holistically all issues are addressed.
It is generally observed that while people who use occasionally these drugs are seldom been able to be identified in the initial days of induction into these drugs are unfortunately recognized when they start manifesting symptoms suggestive of withdrawal or development of a behavioral/mental health issues like hallucinations, delusions, social withdrawal, amotivation, anger, inappropriate behavior and change in personality.
At Mind Zone Centre for alcohol and Drug De-addiction and rehabilitation the program is tailor made to suit the needs of the individual as needs and requirements are unique to each individual and manifestations of the problems at each stage are different. Here the focus is on not just the drug but also the associated manifested or underlying mental health problem without addressing which recovery is incomplete and efforts are futile. There is equal stress on psycho education of the family also.
The therapeutic programs are similar to that planned and executed for Alcohol dependence and abuse but much more focused here are individual focused interventions along with group interventions like
- Bio-Psycho-Socio Education lectures
- Group Interventions
Treatment Options for Drug De-addiction are:
Three months of Detox, De-addiction and Relapse prevention for Drug Abuse and Multiple Substance Abuse
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Alcohol & Drug De-Addiction Programs
Alcohol addiction can happen to anybody and there is no specific sex, occupation, education background, family background, social status that has exception. Alcohol addiction along with damaging the physical health has its adverse effects on marital life, personal life, and occupational life leading to divorce, unemployment and even stigmatization.
Mind Zone centre for Alcohol & Drug De-Addiction and rehabilitation has recovery oriented interventions apart from group interventions, one to one by the trained de addiction psychologists supported by clinical psychologists which are overseen by de addiction specialist under the guidance of psychiatrist.
Group interventions include:
- Group discussions
- Bio-psycho-social lectures about the alcohol and related problems
DRINK REFUSAL SKILLS
Drink refusal skills are imparted to persons willing to abstain from alcohol as to how confidently but assertively refuse to budge for the social pressure to drink alcohol and not feel guilty about the refusal. The residents at Mind Zone will have opportunity to deliberate and discuss about this skill in group settings along with other residents under the supervision of counselor.
PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS TRAINING
This skill helps the person to manage problems which disturb his/her resolve to abstain from alcohol. Mind Zone Centre for Alcohol and Drug De-addiction and rehabilitation helps the person recognize the problem, generate possible solutions, select most appropriate options, plan action and evaluate objectively the selected approach. This skill helps the person not just objectively view the problem but also wean off the dependency of the alcohol when ever encountered with problem. But this skill is refined and reinforced mostly during relapse prevention and post discharge period.
ASSERTIVENESS SKILL TRAINING
Expressing one’s feelings both pleasure and displeasure is a skill very important for a harmonious social living. For some assertively expressing their displeasure and discomfort itself can create anxiety, frustration and anger. If they are not able to manage this side effect of lack of assertive skills it can lead to harmful drinking behaviour. At Mind Zone centre for Alcohol and Drug De-addiction and rehabilitation, assertiveness training happens so as to help them manage interpersonal situations that have potential to produce negative mood states and thereby predispose the person to drinking.
RELAXATIONS AND STRESS MANAGEMENT SKILLS TRAINING
Tension can be physical, mental or psychosocial. Tension can be a predisposing factor in some for drinking alcohol. Hence if the issues leading to tension and skills to manage tension if not addressed can be a factor for relapse. At Mind Zone Centre for Alcohol and Drug De-addition and rehabilitation all residents under the program are taught relaxation techniques both conventional like deep muscle relaxation, relaxation imagery and those derived from Yoga to manage stress appropriately.
BEHAVIOURAL SELF MANAGEMENT
The professionals at Mind Zone Centre for Alcohol and Drug De-addition and rehabilitation engage residents for behavioural self management mostly at MIND TALK for those who wish to cut down the amount of alcohol rather than stopping. Behavioural self management includes:
- Self Monitoring
- Setting drinking limits
- Controlling rates of drinking
- Identifying problem drinking situations
- Self reward for limited drinking
Many people with harmful drinking and even dependence will have peculiar beliefs about the reason and cause for them to drink and continue to drink despite the awareness about the harmful effects of the alcohol. Here the irrational, counterproductive beliefs and attitudes contribute to continue drinking. At Mind Zone Alcohol and Drug De-Addiction and rehabilitation with cognitive restructuring in both individual and group level the person is made to understand the his/her faulty understanding harming them.
CUE EXPOSURE AND MANAGEMENT
Cue exposure and management is one of the important interventions at Mind Zone Centre for Alcohol and Drug De-addiction and Rehabilitation. Cue exposure is the pleasant effects of alcohol consumption that the person gets due to people, places and events that regularly precede drinking and cues exposure becomes a conditional response to that. Some of the common cues include sight and smell of an alcoholic drink, mood states or situations in which drinking has previously occurred, and people , places and times that have previously been associated with the pleasant effects of alcohol.
COUPLE THERAPY AND FAMILY THERAPY
Couple therapy and family therapy is one of the main stray of approach at Mind Zone Centre for Alcohol and Drug De-addiction and rehabilitation. In most of the cases strained relationship or lack of good family atmosphere though does not predispose a person to drink alcohol but has been a strong reason for relapse. Hence Mind Zone has felt the importance of educated and a skilled family which in itself becomes an extension of therapeutic environment after rehabilitation for person with alcohol dependence/abuse or harmful use.