Focused Treatment of Addiction

The specific focus on the client’s addiction is facilitated through using the principals of the Minnesota model. This part of the treatment is done via psycho-educational lectures, group therapy and individual sessions.

The aim is to systematically deconstruct the denial of the client around his/ her addiction and assisting the client to develop a different perspective of their addiction.

In this sense it is a form of cognitive restructuring to start acknowledging and facing the real reality of the using and taking responsibility for how the using/ addiction has affected the client’s life and the lives of significant others of the client.

This process is of utter importance to help the client in making an appropriate decision to stop using/ or drinking or acting out on the behavioural addictions.

Basic Principles:

  • Addiction is a chronic disease
  • Addiction is a physical, mental, and spiritual disease
  • Use of a multi-disciplinary approach
  • Based on the 12 step ideas of Alcoholics Anonymous
Elements:
  • Focused group therapy
  • Individual sessions
  • Assignments
  • Lectures and psycho-education on addiction
  • Attendance of 12-step meetings
Of utmost importance is:
  • Not using addictive substances
  • Working with denial and fears to acknowledge the addiction
  • The setting of priorities
  • Pursuing a change in lifestyle
Long-term goals:
  • Total abstinence
  • Learning to deal with addiction
  • Active participation in 12-step programmes
  • Involvement of family and broader environment in the treatment of the client