Every Journey Starts With That First Step

Primary Care – What does it involve?

Primary Care Program – Step 1 to 3 of the 12 Step Program.

•             Attend lectures, organised groups and group work. Engage in 1/1 counselling.

•             Address all medical needs and implement healthy living program.

•             Identify problems with alcohol and or drugs and how this has impacted on the Service Users life and lifestyle.

•             In general, identify the various psychological issues that have affected the individual and how these have influenced the thinking and behaviour of the individual to date.

Step One –Admitted we were powerless over alcohol and that our lives had become unmanageable

•             Gain an understanding of alcoholism and drug addiction as an illness/disease concept.

•             Look at the insane behaviour, thoughts and situations that addiction generates in the individual.

•             Equate similarities to substance misuse with allergic reactions to foods and other substances.

•             Look for similarities and differences in the reactions of normal drinkers/drug users to alcohol and drugs and then look at the same with people who are abnormal in their use of alcohol and/or drugs.

•             Explore the effects that alcohol and narcotics have on the brain and body of individuals and the damage both physical and mental this can cause when misused.

•             Identify how people with addiction issues react to emotional stimuli and how this may be different to people with no addiction issues.

•             Investigate similarities between obsession and addiction.

•             Look at self esteem and how the individual with addiction issues views themselves in comparison to others and how this manifests itself in control issues.

Step Two –Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

•             Explore the possibilities of treatment for the disease of addiction.

•             Identify the 12 steps and how they work to combat the illness of addiction on a daily basis.

•             Explore concepts of spirituality. What is meant by a power greater than ourselves,

•             Why people with addiction issues view themselves in relation to rest of society.

•             Investigate the power of belief, tapping into the power of the mind, how positive role models are important and how positive result gives motivation to carry on and attempt harder challenges (Motivational Therapy).

•             Look at trust issues and identify common themes in people with addiction issues.

•             Identify what sanity means and how it relates to addiction problems.

•             What is the difference between spirituality, religion and cult.

Step Three –Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of god as we understood him

Explore Self & Self Will

  • Identify the basic instincts inherent in human nature and how these instincts become overused and exaggerated in people with addiction issues
  • Investigate the three components of Self
  • Study the interplay between Self, Pride and Ego
  • Identify responses – positive & negative
  • Look at the healthy use of emotional responses
  • Explore the concepts of Self Pity and how this relates to Self Centeredness
  • Primary Care Program – Step 4 to 9 of the 12 Step Program
  •  Encompassing Cognitive and Motivational Therapy.
  •  Dealing with Fear &  Resentments

Step Four –Made a searching fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

•             Identify specific psychological issues that have affected the individual through 1/1 counselling and personal investigation.

•             Healthy use of emotional responses

•             Exploring self pity

•             How we react to emotional stimuli

Step Five –Admitted to god to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs

•             Clarify & Explore destructive patterns of behaviour

•             Ego & Ego defences versus positive and continuous self esteem

•             Blaming

Dealing with Shame

Step Six –Were entirely ready to have god remove all these defects of character

•             Explore changing life style attitudes and behaviours.

•             Discover what to change in order to live successfully without mood changing drugs.

Step Seven –Humbly asked him to remove our short comings.

Developing patience

•             Why addicts alcoholics make judgements on others

•             Finding courage/power  to make and carry through with difficult decisions

•             The importance of humility

Dealing with Guilt

Step Eight –Made a list of all persons we have harmed and became willing to make amends to them all

•             Prepare for reconciliation with family and friends

•             Identify wrongs done to others following on from step 5. Talk the scenarios through in 1/1 counselling sessions and make plans to make amends.

•             Nurturing willingness

•             How destructive patterns of behaviour affects others

Step Nine –Made direct amends to such people whenever p0ossible except when to do so would injure them or others

•             Repairing the damage

•             Amends versus apologies

•             Gaining self esteem

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