ARCO Recovery Therapy

ARCO Recovery Therapy

ARCO recovery therapy runs through various stages and programs, starting with a screening, intake counseling, assessment, medical/psychiatric consultation, treatment planning, case management, psycho therapy and psycho education.

Individualized plan with a screening:
We start with a Screening test, just to understand the level of addiction and which treatment package suites you. As soon as you register, our intake counsellor will get in touch with you and carry out this initial screening, intake and suggest the suitable package and assign you with an expert therapist. We start with a Screening test, just to understand the level of addiction and which treatment package suites you. The intake counselor will also study if you are fit for the online therapy or refer you to an in-patient facility, if required.

Orientation and Assessment:
Once you get a therapist, you are ready for the first session through a zoom video at your convenient time. The purpose of this session is to work on goal setting, rapport building, get an orientation about the therapy schedules, and an assessment process to ascertain your level of dependency and its effects on various areas of life, like medical, mental, legal, social, family, spiritual and economic status. Therapist will explain about the treatment process and accompany you through your recovery process.

Medical/ Psychiatric Consultation:
In the second stage of the intervention, you are assisted to get an online medical or psychiatric consultation with a Registered Doctor who will assess your medical status and prescribe medications for a home based detoxification process. If your condition requires an in-patient care, he will advise you for a week long hospitalized detox. This OPD detox process will take minimum one week.

Treatment planning and start of therapy sessions:
Once your goals are set, the treatment plan will give you the roadmap for the recovery journey. ARCO will assist you in your journey with individual sessions, group therapy and psycho education. Treatment planning comprises your therapy schedules, life style changes, selection of a therapy model, ethical guidelines, and your commitment to cooperate. With your assessment, diagnosis, and treatment plan in place, you’re ready to start your recovery journey.

Case management & Psychotherapy:
Your therapist will help you in working with different areas of your life and make appropriate referrals if required. You may be guided with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) or Motivational Intervention, or 12 step programs, depending on their suitability for you. The therapy runs through individual sessions, group therapy and psycho education and the duration for a primary package is around 45  days, which is extendable.

Transition planning:
A transition planning is essential for smooth transition from treatment intervention to a continuing care which includes initiation to a self- help or mutual help program in recovery such as Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotic Anonymous, etc . You may be advised to develop a follow up program that suites you. If you require further assistance, you may be referred to our Recovery Coaching program. You could also join the regular online AA or NA sessions offered at our own platform or join a local group. Our Counsellors will be available for follow up sessions after the primary treatment process too.

Group Therapy:
Group therapy is as important as individual therapy sessions where a client can get group affinity and support. Through group therapy, you will be working on life skills programs, trigger management, relapse prevention, etc. Some of the group therapy sessions from ARCO are listed below:
Topics to be covered for Group Therapy:

  1. How to overcome social stigma?
  2. Improving coping and stress management skills
  3. Handling shame, guilt, depression, and anxiety
  4. How do I manage my Relationship issues at family?
  5. Relapse prevention & relapse management
  6. Identifying recovery capitals and Recovery management
  7. Life skills for relapse prevention

Family Integration:
ARCO promotes a special family support program which is intended not only to help your recovery process, but also aimed at supporting their own recovery from years of subjugation, co-dependency and depressive episodes. Family counselling is an integral part of the ARCO therapy. It’s important that your family understands that substance use disorders are chronic disorders, that they don’t just go away even when the substance use stops. We want to increase your family’s support for your recovery as well. The family also will go through some individual sessions, psycho-education, and group therapy with the dual purpose of their own recovery and their support to your recovery. The objectives and topics of the Family therapy are listed below:

  • Identify and support changing family dynamics that work against recovery.
  • Problems faced in early recovery and its solutions.
  • Education on relapse warning signs.
  • Impact of addiction on the family members, especially on spouses and children
  • Identifying family strengths, and channeling if for recovery
  • Initiation to family mutual support groups like Al-Anon, Al-Ateen, etc.
  • Dealing with stress, depression, anxiety disorders and anger management

Psycho-education is imparted on a regular basis on topics related to addiction and its management. This is an education program based on evidence based practices and they are important as there are many myths and misunderstandings associated with it. Some of the topics covered under the psycho-education are listed below:

  1. Addiction as a disease
  • Definition of addiction as a Chronic, relapsing brain disease
  • Science of addiction Stages of Progression
  • Clarifying myths about addiction
  1. Stages and symptoms for SUD
  • Various phases in addiction process
  • Recognizing addiction symptoms
  • Signs and syndromes
  1. Is addiction a treatable disease and can they get cured?
    –    Treatment for addiction works, if the person stays engaged in treatment
    – Like Diabetics, even addiction is not curable, but sobriety is possible
    – Holistic recovery is stressed in addiction treatment
  1. Recovery and Guiding Principles of Recovery:
  • What is Recovery?
  • Guiding Principles of Recovery
  • What is Abstinence and what is withdrawal?
  1. Recovery Capital & Recovery management
  • Recovery Capital and resource management for recovery
  • Eight Domains of Recovery capital
  • Personal, Family & Social Recovery Capital
  1. Co-occurring mental disorders and SUD
  • What is co-occurring disorders?
  • What are common mental and medical disorders co-exist with SUD
  • How important is to deal with co-occurring disorders while treating SUD
  • Substance Induced mental disorders
  1. Substance Induced Mental Disorders
  • Common mental Disorders induced by Substance Use
  • Effect of Withdrawal on mental health
  • Anxiety, Depression, Manic Depressive Disorders
  1.      Co-occurring Medical disorders
      – Fatty Liver, Hepatitis, jaundice
      – HIV/AIDS
      – Tuberculosis, Hepatitis
  1. Impacts of SUD among family members
  • How family members are affected by SUD in family?
  • How children cope up with the stress at home?
  • The importance of family therapy and involving family in SUD treatment?
  1. Relapse prevention
  • Identifying triggers for relapses
  • Identifying relapse warning signs
  • Dealing with Hunger, Anger, Loneliness, and feeling Tired (HALT)
  1. Orientation to 12 Step programs
  • Initiation to Self Help Programs like AA/ NA/ Al-Anon, Al-Ateen, etc
  • 12 steps of AA/NA
  • Information on Self Help Meetings available online as well as face to face
  1. Follow up and Continuum of Care
  • A time to clarify doubts on Disulfiram, and other Antabuse treatments, etc
  • Goals of the continuing care
  • Continuing care support programs
  • Follow up plans
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