Mental Health And Addiction Treatment

Life Path Health offers the following treatment programmes within the group:

Life Path Health has a mental health professional team at each clinic with experts in the field of mental health disorders. The mental health treatment programmes adopt a multi-professional team approach in a therapeutic milieu, specialising in:

  • Addiction Treatment
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Dementia
  • Mood Disorders such as Depression and Bipolar Affective Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Panic Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Psychotic conditions including Schizophrenia and Psychotic Mood Disorders

The mental health programme focuses on the special needs of our patients according to their symptoms and level of functioning. The patients’ stay will be dependent on their treatment and progress and will be based on the evaluation of the treating psychiatrist. The programme integrates individual assessments and consultations with group therapy sessions and medication therapy. Individual assessments take place in order to understand the functioning of each patient, which would dictate the level of treatment needed.

Regular/Daily individual therapy session in the areas mental health consultations, psychotherapy, occupational therapy, work evaluation and psychosocial consultations. Regular psychiatrist consultations take place and medication therapy is closely monitored by our mental health nursing staff.

Daily group therapy sessions take place where the patients adapt life skills to enhance their level of functioning. These life skills interventions, amongst others, focus on:

  • stress management,
  • self image and personality development,
  • communication and interpersonal relationships,
  • relaxation,
  • day programme planning and a healthy lifestyle,
  • coping with negative emotions.

Psychiatrists:
Over the years Life Path Health has established a relationship with a variety of private psychiatrists at each clinic. Each clinic can provide the contact details of the psychiatrists known to be practising privately in the vicinity. A Psychiatrist is a fully trained and licensed physician (Medical doctor) who has then completed four (4) years of specialised training and supervision in general psychiatry.

However, the clinic is open to any other psychiatrist to consult and/or admit patients.

Psychologists:
Psychological assessments and psychotherapy are conducted. These practitioners are in private practice. Their services are available on both an in- and out-patient basis and can be contacted via each clinic. A psychologist is a mental health professional who has received specialised training in the study of the mind and emotions and who treats people through counseling in an attempt to help overcome emotional or psychological reactions to injury or disease.

Mental Health Nursing Staff:
Mental health nursing staff is available 24 hours per day at each Clinic. Their role is not only to address physical concerns, but also to monitor patients and support them during the entire programme. The nursing staff is also responsible for the distribution and monitoring of all prescribed medication while a patient is in the hospital.

Occupational Therapists:
The Occupational Therapists conduct assessments to evaluate the symptoms and level of functioning of each patient. They also provide very importantly life skills training in group therapy. These life skills interventions, amongst others, focus on:

  • stress management
  • self image and personality development
  • communication and interpersonal relationships
  • relaxation
  • day programme planning and a healthy lifestyle
  • coping with negative emotions

Social Workers:
Psychosocial aspects, such as family issues, relationship concerns and work relations are addressed by social workers.

Discharges
Our discharge process provides important information to prevent relapse. All future medication and consultations are explained and communicated prior to discharge.

Where needed, the professional team will provide – only with the consent of the patient – a written report, should a referral source or employer request such. Mental Health Treatment Is Available At The Following Clinics:

  • Claro Clinic
  • Tijger Clinic (including an Adolescent programme),
  • Pines Clinic
  • and Sereno Clinic

The addiction treatment professionals at Claro Addiction Treatment Centre are a team of experts in the addiction field, including dual diagnosis treatment. As approved by the Department of Health and the Department of Social Development, we provide an in-patient treatment program for adults pertaining to the following addictions:

  • Painkillers
  • Alcohol
  • Tranquilisers
  • Ecstasy, Speed, Acid
  • Cannabis
  • Heroin, Pethadine, Codeine
  • Tik (methyl-amphetamine)
  • Cocaine / Crack
  • Cat
  • Mandrax

(Only available at Claro Clinic Addiction Treatment Centre)

The addiction treatment programme focuses intensively on the special needs of our patients according to their symptoms and level of functioning. This inpatient programme consists of 3 day detoxification period and a 21 day rehabilitation programme within the treatment facility. It also includes a 18 months aftercare programme to assist and support the patient on his/her road to recovery.

The programme integrates individual assessments, individual consultations, group sessions, a family programme as well as medication therapy. Individual assessments take place in order to understand the functioning of each patient, which would dictate the medication therapy and support needed. Regular psycho-therapeutic sessions take place during the entire three week admission period. Psychiatrist consultations will be arranged, should it be required for dual diagnosis. Psychosocial consultations take place to address all family and work related concerns, as well as to conduct the reintegration session prior to discharge.

Daily group therapy sessions take place where the patients learn to adopt a new life-style to maintain sobriety.

This three week programme focuses on:

Week 1: Physical aspects of addiction

Week 2: Emotional aspects of addiction

Week 3: Life skills implementation such as:

  • stress management
  • self image and personality development
  • communication and interpersonal relationships
  • relaxation
  • day programme planning and healthy lifestyle and
  • coping with negative emotions

A family programme is essential in the treatment programme, and that is why an addiction problem is often referred to as a family disease. The family of the patient plays a vital role in the support after discharge, but has often experienced a lot of unhappy and negative moments. In our family programme we aim to support the family members and educate them around the addiction. We provide guidelines on ways to handle and support the addict after discharge. Claro Addiction Treatment Centre has seen over the years that active support and understanding from the family contribute greatly to the recovery process of the patient.

We focus on the patient’s level of mental well-being, as affected in the physical, social and psychological context, which then results in an addiction. Specialised treatment in all three areas is provided by our specialist team.

Medical Doctor:
A medical doctor with extensive and specialised experience in the field of addiction, conduct a medical assessment with each new admission. All physical conditions and medication are monitored throughout the programme.

Psychiatrists:
Dual diagnosis often occurs with addiction treatment. Should the medical doctor identify the need for more specialised treatment such as other mental health treatment, this will be provided to the patient during the three week inpatient addiction treatment.

Psychologists:
Assessments and psychotherapy are conducted. Their services are available on both an in- and out-patient basis and they can be contacted via the clinic.

Nursing Staff:
Nursing staff are available 24 hours per day at Claro Addiction Treatment Centre. Their role is not only to address physical concerns, but also to monitor patients and support them during the entire programme.

Social Workers:
Psychosocial aspects, such as family issues, relationship concerns and work relations are addressed by clinical social workers. Family sessions will also take place where appropriate. The clinical social workers also focus on the reintegration of the patient, back to work and/or family, especially in the absence of constructive support systems.

Occupational Therapists:
The Occupational Therapists conduct assessments to evaluate the symptoms and level of functioning of each patient. They also provide very importantly life skills training in group therapy. These life skills interventions, amongst others, focus on:

  • stress management
  • self image and personality development
  • communication and interpersonal relationships
  • relaxation
  • day programme planning and a healthy lifestyle
  • coping with negative emotions

Discharge:
One of the major frustrations of inpatient addiction treatment is the high relapse rate following treatment. Claro Addiction Treatment Centre aims to avoid relapses by initiating a reintegration conference prior to discharge. This conference takes place on the day of discharge, and focuses on the patient’s reintegration back to home and/or work.

The patient, family, clinic and work attend a 1 hour conference, held at the clinic, where we provide a multi-professional feedback report with all the recommendations and guidelines for sobriety. During this conference we discuss the role of all the support systems in the aftercare programme and the mutual expectations.

The purpose of this reintegration conference is to:

  • provide written feedback on inpatient treatment
  • establish support systems to prevent relapse
  • finalise the management of the aftercare
  • ensure smooth transition for the patient back to work/home
  • establish goals and expectations of the family, work, clinic and patient
  • finalise the aftercare programme

The aftercare programme is based on the discussions and outcome of the reintegration conference where all further involvement is agreed upon and contracted.

Aftercare Programme
An 18 month aftercare programme is drawn up by the patient and the clinic and outlines the various medications, interventions, and dates of participation. Claro Addiction Treatment Centre recommends the following to ensure sobriety:

  • Interventions
  • 1-2 x Month Medical consultation = Medical Doctor
  • 1-2 x Month Clinical consultation = Clinical Psychologist
  • 1 x Week Aftercare Group = Thursday evenings, 18:00-19:00
  • 1 x Week Alcoholics Anonymous/Aftercare Group = Provided by the patients’ local geographical NGO
  • Continued family/work support and motivation

Claro Addiction Treatment Centre strives to provide the most efficient support for our patients, and we therefore recommend that our patients involve their family in their aftercare programme, where we explain the addiction process, treatment and medication to the support system. In cases where a patient was referred by his employer, we would aim to involve that employer in the aftercare process, in order for the patient to receive a positive input and understanding from the employer. With the consent of our patients, Claro Addiction Treatment Centre can provide quarterly reports for the duration of the 18 months aftercare programme.

Medicine
The patients often receive medication to address mood disorders, cravings, sleeping problems, etc. The patients are advised to remain on the prescribed medication and should not discontinue without confirmation with the medical doctor. This medication often plays a vital role in maintaining sobriety.

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