Addiction Counselling at Twin Rivers Rehab
Addiction counselling is often where one addict helps another – one who has overcome addiction and knows the perils of getting clean and sober.
Twin Rehab Rehabilitation Centre was started and is run by David Briskham, a recovering addict of over 24 years, in gratitude and inspiration for others to become clean and sober.
This rehab employs the expertise of other addiction counsellors, clinical social worker, and people who operate in the medical industry, such as doctors and nurses.
Doctors and nurses play an integral part in the safe medical detoxification of drugs and alcohol which is carried out at our local hospital. They play a part in looking and managing co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety and other mental disorders. They are also in charge of administering the correct medication at the right times of day and night to clients within a rehab facility.
What does addiction-counselling entail at Twin Rivers?
The use of drugs and alcohol is at most times a symptom of a deeper underlying problem. The role of the addiction counsellor is to get to the bottom of the deeper problem and provide the addict with relief and coping mechanisms that led the client to turn to drugs and alcohol in the first place.
Often a person may become addicted to driving away from the pain of childhood or adult trauma. Other times a person may fall into the traps of addiction after using drugs and alcohol recreationally. The role of counsellors at Twin Rivers is to understand the life and path of their client as a first step.
This will involve a series of one on one sessions with the client where the client will share their life experiences with the counsellor. There will also be further sessions with a clinical social worker and a social worker. There will be a look at the client’s current living circumstances and a history that has led them there. Suggestions for changing destructive decisions and behaviours will be given. Importantly it also provides the client with the opportunity to confidentially discuss the effects their substance abuse has had on their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
The first step at Twin Rivers is to write down your life history, specifically focusing on the points where the trauma occurred and when one was first introduced to drugs and alcohol. This story is shared within a group where other addicts and alcoholics within the rehab facility are present. Feedback is given by other clients and by the counsellor leading the group. This is an integral part of the first step so that the counsellor can know the history of the client and the points that need to be addressed in order for the client to recover.
Relatives and friends of the client are involved, being asked their experience of the client’s behaviour and the triggers they have seen to be prominent in leading them to “acting out”. These points are discussed with the client by their assigned counsellor.
Group therapy is an important part of the process at Twin Rivers so that the client can see and realise they are not alone in fighting the disease of alcohol and drug addiction. This in turn also becomes a support group, as each client’s goal is to become free of the bonds of addiction and alcoholism.
Twin Rivers makes use of the twelve steps, which allows the client to take a close look at the destruction their addiction has caused. Not only that but to see there is hope in the decision of choosing rehabilitation.
Focus is not only on the clients and their addiction but also on teaching and giving an understanding of why a person becomes addicted. These are instructive sessions often led by David. There lies much value in understanding this disease, and the importance of treatment and being vigilant for the rest of one’s life. Understanding triggers and avoiding them on a personal level is found and made to be understood by the client, in order to keep them in a healthy state of recovery.
The importance of honesty
It cannot be stressed enough that during rehabilitation the client is as honest as possible, as only then the true problems can be addressed. It takes courage to enter a rehab facility and it is a gift of a lifetime and every moment in that should be taken advantage of. While it is a scary process, it is one that will change your life for the better, forever. An intensive exploration of the sources of addiction and alcoholism allows the client to reach a level of self-understanding that is essential in a lasting recovery.
This process assists in helping the client strengthen self-worth, find positive ways to manage stressful life events and difficult emotions. Furthermore, it aims to empower the client with the tools to deal with triggers and cravings and to assist in rebuilding relationships.
Clients at Twin Rivers are also introduced to groups such as Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous and more, where they will find like-minded people, faith and inspiration that this is a disease that can be overcome. Twin Rivers will assist in setting up aftercare plans, meet with family members and provide guidance and support. This facility will oftentimes also assist in helping a client find a job or assist in ways to re-establish their career.
Freedom from addiction is a lifelong path and it starts with a professional addiction counsellor who you will find at Twin Rivers. This is a rehab facility with true expertise and counsellors with much clean time to help you make a success of your recovery from day one.
David is the Clinical and Development Director of Twin Rivers Rehab in South Africa and a UK Accredited Addictions Therapist with the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals UK. Articles/Blogs are written with the assistance of researchers and other specialists in the field of addiction and the recovery process