Low-cost rehab opens

2016-03-08 06:00

There is hope on the doorstep of those who are trapped in a life of addiction and want to help themselves.

Often, the process of getting back to a life of sobriety is a stumbling block in itself due to the high cost of the specialised treatment required.

LifeWorx has established its outpatient rehabilitation programme at Docks Mission Church in Belgravia Road this week.

The programme, which follows the matrix intensive care model, will be run for three nights a week for the next 16 weeks from yesterday.

Rubin Alard, chairperson at LifeWorx, explains that addicts will come to lectures and support groups over the period.

The programme is divided into two sections, namely early recovery and relapse prevention. Included in the programme is family and one-on-one counselling.

“LifeWorx is formerly a support group we ran for addicts and their families. The problem with the support group was that we encountered those who were affected who came to the support group, but the support group programme could not actively deal with their problem and then in-house rehab is very expensive,” says Alard.

Although there are government-run institutions that do facilitate rehabilitation programmes like theirs, they often have a long waiting list.

“It is out of that need for the programme to deal with those affected in a cost-effective way and also in a systematic way. It involves one-on-one counselling, it involves group sessions and then it involves lectures,” Alard adds.

3 times a week“Addicts will come for three evenings a week for a full four weeks. Monday evenings will start at 18:30 and end at 20:00. Wednesday evening is for the addict and the family from 19:00 to 20:30 and then again on Thursday from 18:30 to 20:30, but that is only for the first four weeks.

“After that, everything will be from 19:00 to 20:30.”

Following the initial 16-week programme, there will be continued care, which will be presented over another 32 weeks on Wednesday evenings. The intention of the added programme is to take the addicts and re-integrate them into active society.

“There are those who are at school and we try and get them back into school or FET colleges. Those who must get back to work; we try to integrate them,” says Alard.

He also says the initiative is linked to another group which offers computer literacy classes, which he says could offer an avenue for rehabilitated people to gain useful skills they could use to improve their lives even further.

“The programme is designed so that in those first 16 weeks, you can come in at any time.

“It’s like a circle, it runs and you can fill it in, but then you will have to go the full course [again].”

The programme is presented by four facilitators and four co-facilitators who work together with counselling psychologists and a doctor, if required.

In cases where the caregivers deem the addict to be “too far gone”, they get referred to inpatient treatment. Only once they have completed that programme will they be allowed back to LifeWorx’s outpatient programme, which still has a minor cost attached to it.

“We are looking at between R150 and R200 a month, but we also do not want people to come because they cannot afford it and we will determine that,” he says.

He says the cost and payment arrangements for addicts who are not financially secure will be worked out during the addict’s first meeting.

“If the addict can go to their family and can ask if each one of them can give them R5 or R10 a month, an arrangement can be sought. So 10 people who can give R10 a month for the rehab – it could be minimal if you compare it to what you will pay at other places for even outpatient rehab.

“That is actually just to give them a sense of responsibility and they also play a role in being responsible for their sobriety.”

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