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Drugs and Alcohol do not cause addiction. Our environment does.
For decades we have believed that it is the drugs and alcohol that are the causes for people's addictive behaviour and the individuals that fall prey to these substances have a genetic disposition (a disease) that manifests as such behaviour. The levels of abuse we are experiencing today, far exceeds the single digit percentage of the world population predisposed to addictions.
If you live in an environment where you feel traumatised, isolated or beaten down by life instead of bonding and connecting with the people around you, you will choose something else to bond with such as drugs, or computer games.
Instead of helping people heal and get their lives back on track we are giving them the label "addict" and casting them out of society, thus isolating them further. We are masking the symptoms, not providing a solution.
We believe that addiction is a treatable condition, and not a disease. We like to use the term clear instead of clean. Clear implies just that – an addict can become clear from drugs, and someone who has never been addicted is clear. ADA-SA / The Clear Option are all about changing the perception and stigmatization of addiction.
Why is inpatient (regular rehabilitation) ineffective?
By assuming that it is our environment that causes addiction it is necessary to be in that environment in order to affect the changes required. It is for this reason that many people are starting to realise that rehabilitation is simply not working anymore. Rehabilitation offers the addict the perfect excuse to once again escape the responsibility of their actions, whilst not learning how to cope on their own. Whilst for some a break from reality is needed to gain perspective, it also offers a false sense of security where there are no drugs available, so it is easy to stay clear. Rehab does not treat the addiction, only the symptoms of the addiction, and does not actually deal with the problems that are specific to the person who is there – it only offers a generic, one size fits all approach.
Once the patient returns home, everyone expects them to be cured, however, nothing in the addict's home environment has changed – not their family, their friends or their problems. It is too easy for the addict to slip back into their old habits.
Our society is quick to judge people, especially those suffering from mental health problems. By saying addictions is a disease with no cure, and labeling someone an addict feeds the stigma and causes more emotional turmoil for the person stepping back into their life.
Why does The Clear Option work?
Firstly, addiction is a family problem, not an addict problem. We take a completely holistic approach to treating the addiction. We guide the addict to learn how to cope with the problems in their own environment, as they happen. As the Clear Option treatment programme is out-patient based, the clients entering our programme will not have to take time off work or studying. It is an entirely confidential process, so no one needs to know that treatment is being received.
Let’s face it, life is not easy and full of problems, by rising to challenges and dealing with problems we grow as individuals, people in active addiction tend to ignore their problems and so they get larger and larger and the need to medicate increases exponentially. The coach helps the client to …
Accept responsibility for their actions
Resolve with their problems.
It is for this reason that the Clear Option Programme is run over a 3 month period. The coach will “hold the clients hand” and support the person whilst they effect the positive changes required to reconnect with their world.
The Addiction Recovery Coaches are in contact with the patient on a daily basis. Initially the coach will meet with the person 2-4 times in a week and this will reduce over time, depending on their progress. The coach will help the patient learn about the behaviours of addiction and how to identify them as they happen.
We teach the addict to live life on life's terms...
Supplementation is essential.
All addicts suffer from depleted dopamine and serotonin levels. This leaves the addict wishing to recover with a chance of relapse, as addiction stimulates these levels. By supplementing the addict with natural, non habit forming herbal supplements, we help control the cravings, whilst also helping the addict remain calm and focused.
The patient most often stops taking the supplements by themselves, as the supplements basically “kick-start” the natural manufacturing process of dopamine and serotonin in the brain, and once the process is working normally, the body has no benefit for the supplements and simply does not need them anymore.
- THE CLEAR OPTION PROGRAM FEES ARE R19500.
- Should you be unable to afford these fees, finance is available through First Health Finance.
- Supplements are not included and are purchased separately at a pharmacy of your choice. Pricing varies between R150 and R750 per month.
- We offer a wide variety of payment options, however, we do not accept payment in the form of cheques. We are currently not affiliated to any medical aids.
- PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE SEVERITY AND DIFFICULTY OF HEROIN RELATED CASES, FEES FOR THE HEROIN PROGRAM ARE R38500 FOR A SPECIALLY DESIGNED PROGRAM. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MODIFY OR INCREASE THESE FEES AT MANAGEMENT'S DISCRETION. NO DISCOUNTS, "SPONSORSHIPS" OR SUBSIDIES WILL APPLY.
As with any other intervention or treatment program, no guarantee of whatsoever nature (explicit or implied) are given by The Clear Option Addiction Treatment Program or ADA-SA, its management, representatives, staff or authorised service providers as to the successful outcome or otherwise of its dependency or addiction programs. Absolutely no refunds will be made for any treatment not completed under any circumstances whatsoever, and any payment made to ADA-SA constitutes full agreement to this.