Each employee is required to attend group therapy sessions. Our suggestion is to offer a reward system – the time spent in the group session is made up by getting an extra hours work off. The individuals in the programme can also benefit by going on a retreat or team building sessions close to the end of the 6 month program to see that one can live without drugs or alcohol.
To motivate persons in the workplace, continuous team building could be held so that the persons to not feel isolated from the rest of the team.
- Month One. One session weekly (4)
- Understanding the Nature of Addiction – Its chronic – cannot be cured but can be arrested
- Its progressive, chronic and Its fatal
- Month Two. One session weekly (4)
- The essential elements of recovery
- Month Three – One session twice-monthly (2)
- Month Four – One session twice monthly (2)
- Month Five – (2)
- Month Six (2)
This is a total of 16 individual sessions.
Group therapy sessions and lectures will be added to make up a total of 24 sessions. These sessions will be scheduled according to the assessed needs of the programme participants.
- The company identifies the employee that’s needs to be assessed.
- That employee is sent to Recovery Direct for a thorough assessment.
- Employee needs to be referred to a rehabilitation centre for in-patient treatment.
- The addiction counselor makes all of the necessary arrangement, and takes the patient to the rehab.
- The rehab facility communicates the progress to the CM.
- The counselor visits the patient in the rehab during his stay.
- On release from the treatment facility, or if the employee is not suited to in-patient treatment, they then enter the six months Continuum of Care Programme.
- The employee is required to speak to the addiction counselor at least once per week, every week, for the full duration of the programme.
- However it must be noted that the addiction counselor is available everyday, throughout the period of commitment, should the employee begin to face difficulties or experience cravings or uncertainties of how to cope in situations where alcohol and drugs are again freely available.
NOTE: Where the patient is referred to a psychiatrist or a psychologist, that payment will fall under the medical aid benefits scheme.
Case Management Monitoring System
The case management system is electronically monitored at every step of the way, with the patient’s history and progress only being available to the addiction counselor, and will be made available to the employer.
Not all Rehab Centres are suitable for every patient.
Many different kinds of people are affected by the disease of addiction – and its unrealistic to continue in the belief that every Treatment Facility is suitable for every patient:
- Cultural and language differences. If the patient is not functional in the de-facto language of the facility – it’s detrimental to the patient as well as the other members of the group to be forced into that situation.
- Some treatment facilities admit patients whose addictions have led them into criminal activities and they have serious conviction against them.
- Nutrition is a vital part of rehabilitation and facilities that treat multiple addictions (drug, alcohol, food, gambling, sex etc) may have eating plans in place that are not suitable for everyone.
- Some treatment facilities work on extremely punitive consequences for their patients.
- Single Parents
- Parental obligations
- Extreme work commitments
If in-Patient Treatment is not always feasible, the employee is compelled to attend the six months CCP.