Treatment Strategies for Core Counseling should follow the standardized treatment principles. Such as “the Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment lay out by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), U.S.A.
According to NIDA, the general categories of treatment programs should comprise of
- Detoxification and Medically Managed Withdrawal
- Long-Term or Short Term Indoor Treatment (as required)
1. Individualized Drug Counseling
2. Group Counseling
3. Structured Family Intervention
- Outpatient Treatment Programs
The strategies and structures of Core counseling have been made keeping in mind the needs of the patient, their families, and the effectiveness of the programs. Program should offer both long term and short term residential treatment programs as well as outpatient treatment programs. During the indoor treatment of a program, a patient and his family goes through a rigorous curriculum to understand the recovery process. These trainings are help separately for the patients and the families.
In the reference of the core issues (addiction or mental illness) patient should cover variety of educational material and training. The patients learn 12 steps concepts and go through emotional regulation sessions also. In the last month of their indoor treatment their focus is put extensively on relapse prevention. In brief, program for indoor patients include trainings on the disease concept of what addiction or alcoholism is. The treatment also includes core counseling of various psychiatric illnesses such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Autism and ADHD in young children, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, OCD etc. We are also mastered at providing services regarding Marital Discord and Home Runaway.
The family has to get trainings on addiction treatment separately with mental health professionals. On this approach trainings are given to the families by psycho-educating them about the disease. They should help in Grief Recovery and Co-dependency which plays a big role in the disease. Families’ trainings based on the structured intervention and this provides great improvement in the recovery of the patient. They should learn Assertiveness and tough love which greatly benefits them in handling their loved ones once they are out of the indoor treatment. Lastly families should get education on relapse prevention and staying sober.
This curriculum builds a strong base for the patient and the family to deal with recovery and its process smoothly. We believe that having updated knowledge of the disease itself and how it affects us biologically, psychologically, socially and spiritually. Understanding this disease helps the family and the patient to pin point the triggers. It helps them to deal with the disease through a scientific and solution focused approach. Once the family and the patient are in the treatment, our mental health professionals make sure that they are trained fully in their designed curriculum.
Core counseling aims to enhance the client’s knowledge of their disease and improve understanding of how it affects them on a biological, psychological, social and spiritual level.