The program consists of three phases:
Phase I: Detoxification
Detoxification is the most delicate stage and the most difficult. It takes about 15 days. The most important task that we undertake in this phase is to help motivate the user to endeavor to get through it. This first part concerns total detoxification through adequate therapeutic resources, leading to a better understanding of the physical problems caused by the toxic substances. This consists of taking long walks, having contact with nature, phytotherapy (herbal teas, blossom tea) and receiving massages that make it easier to get through the withdrawal symptoms. Contact with the user’s past environment is to be avoided completely during this stage. During the first 15 days, he/she cannot receive visits or phone calls, except under exceptional circumstances. However, it is possible to have communication by mail. Starting from the first day of admission, supervisors and house monitors, where the user lives, may provide all the information concerning the patient’s development to authorized family members.
Phase II: Breaking the Habit and Rehabilitation
After the first 15 days in the centre, a second phase in the detox process is taken. The user is encouraged now to learn to live with others, to accept responsibilities, work ethics and new values. Activities that may be carried out during this time include:
Individual monitoring and evaluation
Occupational Workshops: Auto painting and body-work, welding, carpentry, bricklaying, mechanics, upholstery, restoration of furniture and appliances, etc…
Leisure time: Sports, outdoor trips, reading, and retreats.
Family meetings: Restoration of family relationships is one of our most important objectives since, in most cases, these relationships have been badly damaged as a result of drug addiction, alcohol, etc. Furthermore, our monitors can provide support and help to families that so desire.
Phase III: Reintegration.
Reintegration into the work force is considered to be the last phase of the therapeutic program. In some cases difficult problems arise at this level, which should be taken into account. On the one hand, the patient faces severely damaged social relations (court trials, serious errors made in previous jobs, layoffs, etc.) and on the other hand, he/she has the problem of re-entering the job market.
While still in the centre, one of the ways that the user is being prepared for this last step, is by participation in one of the centre’s workshops. There are different occupational workshops, but not all provinces have the same kind of shops. Workshops play a multiple role in training people professionally and in directing their personal attitude towards work activities, in such areas as responsibility, discipline, order, and team work. Being involved in a workshop also contributes to the maintenance and improvement of the center’s means of support.