The social work of the Castelao Institute in its fight to recover addicts from alcohol and drugs, also helps the families of these patients to overcome the emotional bump that the process entails. The Institute has several locations throughout the country and provides comprehensive treatment for the recovery and reintegration of patients with addictions.
Addictions are one of the biggest public health problems worldwide: millions of people are victims of this disease, but few have the courage, containment and perseverance to quit.
Fortunately, there are specialized centers capable of reversing the most complex situations. “The objective of our medical center is to recover as many patients as possible. Today we can affirm that we recovered more than 85% of patients treaties ”, assure those responsible for the Instituto Castelao Málaga, consulted for this article.
What does this high percentage of treatment success respond to? How do you deal with an addiction problem? What is the secret to optimal recovery? The answers, below.
Comprehensive treatment in 4 phases
An addiction is a mental illness that must be approached from a variety of perspectives in order to be overcome. For this reason, at the Castelao Institute they propose a comprehensive treatment that ranges from detoxification to reintegration, through detoxification and rehabilitation.
During all the process group, individual, family and couple therapies are combined, always with the guidance of therapists and recovered addicts, duly trained to understand the disease and share the recovery.
In the first phase, that of detoxification, the patient stops consuming under medical supervision and with the help of medication to avoid withdrawal syndrome. Then during cessation, "Habits and attitudes altered by addiction are identified and are replaced by behaviors that improve the quality of life and the patient's family, social and work environment", the specialists point out.
Once these two stages have been overcome, the rehabilitation, in which the recovery of social skills lost during the disease is worked.
Finally, in the phase of reinsertion, the return to the family and social environment is prepared by normalizing his life. Here the therapeutic follow-up is prolonged, to avoid relapses and make it easier to return to their daily habits.
Facilities are an important part of treatment
The experience and training of professionals is undoubtedly the essential component for the recovery of an addict. But the stage where the treatment is approached, that is, the detoxification clinic, must harmoniously accompany the process.
"The patient appreciates a quiet and pleasant environment for your recovery. Our facilities are designed to respond to the needs of the patients' daily activities ”, indicate from the Castelao Institute, which has centers in A Coruña, Almería, Madrid, Murcia, Seville and Malaga.
The facilities of the Malaga detoxification clinic include a gym, sports facilities, a dining room, individual air-conditioned and supervised rooms, a therapy room, a reading room and an art-therapy room. And it offers various treatment modalities, among which we find: outpatient treatment, day center, and day center with supervised residence.
But in addition, it is located in an almost virgin natural environment, near the beach of Algarrobo, with beautiful views of the Mediterranean and routes for hiking in the vicinity of the farm.
Modalities: Outpatient or day center
In the center of the Instituto Castelao Málaga the recovery treatment on an outpatient basis. “This type of treatment consists of attending group and individual therapies weekly; the idea is to modify the behavioral habits of the addict related to consumption and change the environmental and personal circumstances that lead to it ”, indicate the specialists.
Another option is to follow the treatment as day center with supervised residence for addiction recovery in Vélez Málaga, with the assistance of a large team of therapists, monitors, doctors, nurses, nursing assistants and psychiatry. According to those responsible for the center, "the team accompanies the addict from the first day of admission, throughout the recovery treatment and its subsequent follow-up."
For an addict, will is not enough
The treatment, the professional team and the facilities accompany the patient in their evolution, since it is not an easy process.
As a general rule, it is considered that a person who does not suffer from the disease of addiction, is able to stop or reduce the consumption of any substance with his will, when he perceives the first symptoms of abuse. “Not so in the case of a sick person. For an addict, will is not enough”, They explain from Castelao.
Many times, both the patient and their environment, find it difficult to recognize that an addiction exists and that it should be treated as a disease. For a long time, they believe that they will be able to control the addiction on their own.
"Nothing could be further from reality", the specialists respond and explain that "the psychological and neural characteristics of a patient represent an insurmountable barrier when it comes to abandoning consumption".
In short, at the first signs of addiction it is essential to seek professional help and advice. It will depend on whether the patient can give up consumption and rebuild your life.
By Virgina Gutierrez