Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic is a rehabilitation center which works to help suffering addicts and alcoholics. We admit patients for a period of 4-5 months(average) but it can take longer also. We follow the 12 Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Even medical textbooks say that the 12 Step Program offers the highest success rate in treatment of addiction and alcoholism. The success rate in treatment of alcoholism and addiction is very low to begin with. Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic has a much better success rate than most other facilities.The treatment at Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic is mainly through counselling, behavior therapy and group therapy. After the detoxification process is over the patients have to follow a proper routine. Wake up at 7, do yoga and meditation and after breakfast there are 5-6 sessions during the day. We start with a reading session where people read from the Big Book and other Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous literature. They also share their identification in the reading session. The reading session is followed by the writing session. In that they first write about themselves and later write about the 12 Steps till Step 5. Writing session is followed by the Input session which stands for information put forward. It is like a lecture and there are many diverse topics ranging from the Disease Concept to the 12 Steps. After Input there is a lunch break followed by rest time. In the afternoon patients have a session called Group Discussion. In that they relate the topic taught in Input to their own lives and talk about themselves. After that thrice a week they write their thoughts and feelings of the day in Inventory writing and share them aloud with the counsellor. In the evening they have a in-house Alcoholics Anonymous meeting followed by dinner, meditation and lights out at 11. This is how the day is structured and they follow this regimen from Monday to Saturday.
Alcoholism is a disease and it is a very nasty disease to have. This is the only disease that denies its own existence and resists treatment. Secondly, the medical definition of alcoholism is that it is a chronic relapsing disease. That means that it is incurable and even after a person leaves alcohol he can start again. Thirdly, it is nasty because the success rate is very low. At the best of times it is 20% at the end of 1 year and goes on decreasing as time goes on.
The ism in alcoholism is “incredibly short memory. Alcoholics tend to forget very fast what all bad things have happened to them as a result of alcohol abuse. They forget the arguments at home with loved ones, the vitiated atmosphere at home, difficulties at work, the physical harms, accidents, all is forgotten.
Alcohol is an excellent solution-it dissolves marriages, careers, health, finances.
But the alcoholic is the last person to acknowledge he has a problem even though he is the first to experience that something is wrong. The fact that there is something wrong with the alcoholic is apparent to the people around him.
The denial of the alcoholic is so cunning, baffling, clever and powerful that he or she becomes powerless in front of it.
Not every person who drinks alcohol is an alcoholic, in fact only 12% of people who drink alcohol are alcoholics, rest are social drinkers. The difference between a social drinker and an alcoholic is that the social drinker is able to guarantee the amount he is going to drink and is able to guarantee his behavior after drinking alcohol, whereas, the alcoholic is not able to do so.
Alcoholism is a misunderstood disease. Firstly, people will readily agree that is a Disease but they still blame the person for being an alcoholic. Do you blame a person for having Diabetes? People think it is a moral failing or a lack of will power. Alcoholics Anonymous has clearly stated and I also agree as a recovering Alcoholic that the alcoholic is powerless over his alcoholism. The Disease concept of Alcoholism was first propounded by Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935. The disease of alcoholism is Primary, i.e., it is not linked to any other disease but there is a genetic basis for the disease as children of alcoholics are more prone to alcoholism. Secondly, it is a progressive disease. As can be seen in the intake of quantity by the alcoholic. Thirdly, it is a fatal disease. Untreated alcoholics die a premature, painful death or end up in jails, mental asylums or institutions.
The disease of alcoholism is unique in the sense that it is the only disease which denies its own existence and resists treatment. Denial is such a big part of every alcoholics psyche. Even if they agree they have an Alcohol problem they will insist that they themselves will take care of it. The denial part makes the disease of alcoholism clever, cunning, baffling and powerful.
The disease of alcoholism is incurable but treatable and the best treatment is the 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. The treatment can be started in a rehabilitation center and then continued by regular meeting attendance. Meetings are the best way of maintaining sobriety, in fact there is no other way. Treatment by psychiatrist is also tried but the results are not very good. Other modalities have their own limited success rate.