RASKRŠĆE TEEN CHALLENGE - REHABILITATION THERAPEUTIC PROGRAM

1. DETOXIFICATION AND STABILISATION PROGRAMME

(lasts two months)

The detoxification and stabilisation programme is the first and most basic step towards complete rehabilitation and cure.

Note that there are two treatment options available for the initial phase of the programme!

The first is for participants with severe withdrawal symptoms, who need to go through detox, which is painless! Additional fees are payable for this phase of treatment since it requires the services of medical professionals and the use of medications. Fees for these services are payable at a daily rate, and the number of days required for detoxification is determined by the severity of the case, usually between 5 and 10 days.

The second option is where the participant does not need to go through detoxification and withdrawal, or this has already been done in another facility. In this case there are no additional fees and the participant continues his or her recovery and stabilisation according to the programme.

This programme, lasting two months, offers the participant the following opportunities:

1. Painless physical detoxification (if needed) – a set of measures aimed at cleansing the body of drugs and overcoming withdrawal symptoms. Painless detoxification is done under the supervision of medical professionals in partnership with local detox clinics, and the type of detoxification is selected on an individual basis, after analysis of several important factors: the substance, the dose, tolerance levels and frequency of drug use during the day.

2. Recovery in a controlled environment – even where the participant has undergone detoxification in another facility, they need to recover physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually, not just from the detox process itself but also from the drug consumption prior to their entering the treatment programme. It is also important that the accompanying medication is not misused, and is administered exactly as prescribed.

3. Stabilisation in a healthy environment – a gradual reduction of medications according to doctor’s instructions. Guiding the participant into a stable condition. Group and individual counselling and consultation.

After this primary treatment phase, rehabilitation can continue at home or at the Raskršće Rehabilitation Therapeutic Centre, a phase in which results are consolidated and rehabilitation is continued to completion.

Experience has shown that those who have had problems with addiction do not have a sufficient foundation of principles and character to resist temptation and the problems that await them after the short period of treatment and the return home.

They also do not yet have sufficient strength of will to take wise decisions and comply with the recommendations: to refrain from drugs, alcohol and tablets, to find employment or continue their schooling, to get regular sleep, to take a responsible attitude towards their day-to-day obligations, to avoid their old friends, etc.

This is why the recommendation is to continue with the Rehabilitation and Re-socialisation programme, which lasts 12 months. During this period the participant focuses closely on rooting out all the causes and effects of drug addiction:

- establishing the root of the problem that led the person to start using psychoactive substances

- learning the skills they need to get through situations where they would normally have taken drugs

- changing the negative behaviours and thought patterns that caused the drug addiction

- building self-confidence and strong principles

- building up the ethical and moral values that the drugs broke down

- finding meaning and purposes in life without drugs

- gaining complete freedom from all forms of addiction

- re-socialisation and return to normal everyday life

All of this happens in the next phase of Rehabilitation and Re-socialisation, as part of the Raskršće Teen Challenge programme, in which the students go through a large number of personal lessons, as well as 14 group lessons in areas covering 4 main topics: 1. Drug addiction - the nature of the problem, 2. self-analysis and discovering the cause of the addiction problem, 3. the spiritual aspect, and 4. opportunities to escape addiction.

The primary objective of the Rehabilitation and Re-socialisation programme is to return to normal, everyday life, get a job and build a career, find satisfaction in starting a family and communicating with friends and family and self-development in the social and spiritual sense.

(For more about this phase, please click on the Rehabilitation and Re-socialisation Programme link)