The Principles of Drug & Alcohol Addiction Treatment
1st Principle of Addiction Treatment
Addiction is A Complex But Treatable Disease That Affects Brain Function And Behavior
Of all 13 principles, there’s a reason that this is number one. Drugs and alcohol alter an addict’s brain’s chemistry, structure, and functioning, often resulting in changes that can persist long after his drug use has stopped. Our clients often began using drugs and alcohol at a very early age while their brains were still undergoing critical stages of growth and development. We afford our clients the needed time to heal their bodies and minds as they learn and practice new recovery behaviors through our 45, 60 or 90-day residential treatment program. We call this our 12-Step program based Immersion Therapy Model of treatment. More than just providing men with education about the disease and a rehashing of their past drug history failures, we immerse them into the excitement and actual experience of a life lived each day in recovery. At the Last Resort, recovery is not something to be studied and recorded in a notebook, it’s something each man quickly begins putting to use in his daily life. Men learn through hands-on experience and through interaction and imitation of staff and peers acting as positive role models.
Throughout his stay, our addictionologist and master level therapists oversee each man’s treatment planning; however, in cases where additional psychiatric or medical services may be required, our consulting physicians and psychiatrists work closely with our treatment team in providing individual assessments, diagnosis, medications and monitoring as needed.
2nd Principle of Addiction Treatment
No Single Addiction Treatment Is Appropriate For Everyone
At The Last Resort we work closely with prospective clients and their families to be sure we can meet any unique treatment needs a man may have. Our admission specialists or clinicians conduct in-depth pre-admission interviews free of charge. We work closely with a number of respected treatment centers across the country, each guided by high, ethical standards, and together forming a seamless provider-referral network to meet a man’s individual treatment needs. If we can’t provide a man with the help he needs to recover we will work tirelessly with him and his family to help them find it.
Many men lack some basic life skills necessary for successful, independent living. This is why preparing meals, performing household chores, and practicing other basic living skills are practiced and evaluated. At TLR we assess each man’s abilities to function effectively in recovery and address these as an integral part of his individualized treatment plan. Additionally, each new client is given an Enneagram Assessment tool that helps our staff determine how the man best learns and copes with stress. Our goal at TLR, is to individualize each man’s treatment so he achieves the recovery success that has eluded him until now.
3rd Principle of Addiction Treatment
Treatment Needs To Be Readily Available
Because men are often unwilling or uncertain about entering addiction treatment, taking advantage of available services the moment a man is ready for help can often be critical. Our admission’s team and clinical staff are available to assist seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Our staff will often stay in close, personal contact with a man or his family for weeks or sometimes months before he may be ready to enter treatment. We do all we can to facilitate a man’s getting the help he needs at the moment he needs it.
4th Principle of Addiction Treatment
Effective Addiction Treatment Attends to Multiple Needs Of the Individual, Not Just His Or Her Drug Abuse
At The Last Resort, we address each man’s alcohol and drug abuse along with any associated medical, developmental, psychological, social, familial, vocational, and/or legal problems he may be experiencing. Very few men come to us suffering from alcohol and drug issues alone. We work closely with our clinical and recovery support teams to provide trauma informed treatment for clients coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We also do all that we can to afford men the additional psychological or medical services they may need concurrently with their addiction treatment. Our support staff transports men to needed medical and other appointments, minimally interrupting their addiction treatment while their other needs are being met.
5th Principle of Addiction Treatment
Remaining In Treatment For An Adequate Period Of Time Is Critical
Outcome studies of successful treatment indicate that men respond best to a minimum of 45-60 days in residential treatment when battling alcohol or drug addiction. This is particularly true where life management skills are lacking and where a holistic approach to treatment is called for rather than an exclusively clinical one. Relapse can often occur following a shorter 30-day model, but our more extended treatment stay model is now the recognized standard of effective care. All men reside with us for a minimum of 45 days, but extensions can be accommodated if they are needed. Many men coming to us are referred to us directly from shorter-term treatment facilities through our growing network of national referrals.
But their initial residential stay with us is only the beginning of the Last Resort’s full 15-month treatment program. Following successful completion of our residential component, men are often referred to carefully screened sober living homes both in Austin and in other cities. Some men are able to return to their homes and families with follow-up care delivered through our network of out-patient service providers. Continuing Care and Alumni Support Services are provided without charge to clients remaining in the Greater Austin area. In all cases we strongly encourage men to stay connected with us through involvement with The Last Resort’s very active National Alumni Association.
6th Principle of Addiction Treatment
Behavioral Therapies – Including Individual, Family, Or Group Counseling – Are the Most Common Used Forms of Drug Abuse Treatment
At The Last Resort, our staff-to-client ratios are among the most generous in the treatment field. In addition to the usual counselor-client model of therapy, each man is also assigned an personal recovery specialist who meets regularly with him, both individually and in small group settings, throughout the course of his stay. This part of our Immersion Therapy Model often doubles the amount of critical one-on-one and process group time afforded each client. Studies have found this individual and group process time is critical for achieving successful outcomes.
TLR also provides a solid array of behavioral and supportive evidence based treatment designed to meet the individual treatment needs of the men we serve. Each piece of our curriculum is carefully crafted into a treatment experience specifically designed to meet the needs of men struggling with addiction. In addition to the counseling and coaching sessions described above our men receive:
7th Principle of Addiction Treatment
Medications Are An Important Element Of Treatment For Many Patients, Especially When Combined With Counseling And Other Behavioral Therapies
Our consulting medical director is a board certified addictionologist who reviews and prescribes any needed client medications. He is available throughout the course of a man’s stay and can follow a man upon discharge if requested. On admission, clients meet with him for an extended psycho-social and medical status examination generally lasting nearly two hours. Clients may continue taking an appropriate course of prescribed medications during their stay at The Last Resort once approved by our physician. For men addicted to smoking, a nicotine replacement product or an oral medication can be provided as an effective treatment component. Weight management and sleep disorder issues may also be addressed and wherever possible, treatments can be accommodated.
8th Principle of Addiction Treatment
An Individual’s Treatment And Service Plan Must Be Assessed Continually And Modified As Necessary To Ensure That It Means His Changing Needs.
At The Last Resort, staff meets daily to review and update a man’s treatment plan. Full treatment updates are scheduled at 30, 60, and 90 days. Men participate fully and directly in these critical assessments. Each man participates in a 90-minute process group and at least weekly in receives an individual therapy session. Assigned Recovery Specialists also meet daily with a man in small group settings and meet individually on a weekly basis or more often when required. Thanks to our exceptionally high staff to client ratios, each man receives the individual care and attention he needs. While our campus is far larger than most other treatment facilities, our community of men is often considerably smaller assuring that no man ever becomes lost in a crowd.
9th Principle of Addiction Treatment
Many Drug-Addicted Individuals Also Have Mental Disorders
The men coming to us for help with chemical addiction often struggle with a number of other challenging mental health issues as well. Known as co-occurring conditions, these issues can often sabotage a man’s recovery if they are not diagnosed and treated or addressed simultaneously with his drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Some of these issues include:
Our clinical staff, in consultation with area physicians and therapists, is adept at providing men with access to needed mental health services while simultaneously and seamlessly delivering treatment for their immediate addiction issues. Families are often challenged in finding a treatment facility willing to work with their loved one in meeting his multiple mental health needs. At The Last Resort, we are committed to doing all we can to bridging this divide.
10th Principle of Addiction Treatment
Medically Assisted Detoxification Is Only The First Stage Of Addiction Treatment And By Itself Does Little To Change Long-Term Drug Abuse
Most addiction professionals know that if a man’s alcohol or drug dependency has progressed to a level requiring medical detoxification, then he generally requires extended residential treatment as well. The Last Resort coordinates referrals from detox facilities in Austin, Houston, Dallas, and from around the country. We can often assist in referring men to needed detox services in hos community. While a man may be receiving medical detox before coming to us, our staff remains in close contact with him and his family to coordinate admission to The Last Resort just as soon as he is medically stable. Our admission’s team can also help determine cases where detoxing can be accommodated through an immediate admission to our facility since withdrawal from some drugs require time for extended rest and sleep but hospitalization is not medically indicated.
11th Principle of Addiction Treatment
Treatment Does Not Have To Be Voluntary To Be Effective
Unlike most illnesses, denial of the need for help is characteristic of men struggling with addiction. In such cases, it generally falls to family members to intervene in the lives of their loved one so he can receive help before it is too late. Our admission’s team can often assist families in identifying professional interventionists in their communities who may be able to guide them. Our clinical staff can often train a family in the intervention process if they choose to do it themselves.
At The Last Resort we work closely with a number of enlightened employers who refer men to us for help as well as with many attorneys whose clients may be faced with legal issues attendant to their addiction. Although a man may be pressured into receiving treatment, multiple studies indicate that these clients actually do as well, and often better, than clients voluntarily seeking help. The myth that says,“You can’t help an alcoholic or addict until he wants help” simply isn’t true. Bottoms can often be raised, especially among the young.
Upon admission to our program, men are immersed into a powerful culture of recovery. Repeatedly, we see new men coming in angry and non-responsive to care but soon motivated and transformed through the power of community. Men sense the bonds of brotherhood that our model encourages and time and again we have watched new men rise to the higher standards being set by their peers. At TLR, we follow an approach that builds on a man’s strengths rather than staying focused on his past failures or weaknesses. The camaraderie a man experiences both with peers and with our staff at TLR proves to be the most powerful motivator for his transformation.
12th Principle of Addiction Treatment
Drug Use During Treatment Must Be Monitored Continuously, As Lapses During Treatment Do Occur
People in recovery rightly warn that addiction is “cunning, baffling, and powerful” and relapse can occur anywhere along the recovery continuum. Knowing that his drug use is being monitored can prove a powerful incentive for a client to in overcoming his craving. Drug monitoring also provides an early indication of a return to drug use so staff can intervene early in the process and help a man receive a higher level of care if it may be needed. At The Last Resort, clients are drug tested regularly and randomly and we encourage our men to participate in a continued monitoring program for at least a year following their residential treatment. Most men participate willingly in this process seeing it as still another tool to help support them as they pass through the early phases of the recovery process.
13th Principle of Addiction Treatment
Treatment Programs Should Test Patients For The Presence Of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B And C, Tuberculosis, And Other Infectious Diseases, As Well As Provided Targeted Risk-Reduction Counseling, Linking Patients To Treatment If Necessary
At The Last Resort, we know that drug use can put men at risk of contracting a high number of infectious diseases. Men are tested upon admission and counseled privately once results are returned to us from the laboratory. The targeted counseling we employ can help men further reduce or avoid substance-related and other high-risk behaviors. It can also help those who are already infected to manage their illness far more successfully. We inform clients that highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has proven effective in combating HIV and we link them to HIV treatment services when need.