STEPS is a 50 bedded residential Drug Treatment Centre and aims to:
Provide a safe, drug-free environment to help establish a healthier lifestyle
Focus on the problems that underlie addiction
Provide a holistic treatment service that will help achieve physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing via medical treatment, one-to-one and group support, and peer support
Impart life skills to not only overcome your addiction but to lead a more meaningful and fulfilling life STEPS facilities are housed in the serene and upmarket area to make stay comfortable, and fruitful. We have well-appointed bedrooms, entertainment, recreational and fitness facilities to help you with recovery without feeling removed from your daily activities. Relaxing environments that will help you focus on getting better, happily!
- Spacious air-ventilated rooms with attached bathrooms and 24 X 7 water
- Healthy Indian Veg / Non-Veg Menu
- Spacious classroom with experienced counsellor
- TV Lounges & Indoor Games with Recreation spaces
What is addiction ?
Addiction is a chronic disease in which the body must have a drug to avoid physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. Addiction's first stage is dependence, during which the search for a drug dominates an individual's life. An addict eventually develops tolerance, which forces the person to consume larger and larger doses of the drug to get the same effect.it exerts a long and powerful influence on the brain that manifests in three distinct ways: craving for the object of addiction, loss of control over its use, and continuing involvement with it despite adverse consequences. it changes both brain structure and function. Just as cardiovascular disease damages the heart and diabetes impairs the pancreas, addiction hijacks the brain. This happens as the brain goes through a series of changes, beginning with recognition of pleasure and ending with a drive toward compulsive behaviour. The behavioural manifestations and complications of addiction, due to impaired control, can include Impaired Control and Judgement Problems, Cognitive Changes & Emotional changes.
How do i know if i'm an Addict ?
Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Substance Use There are signs that can help you determine if you are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Problems with relationships, your job or school, and even legal issues stemming from substance use can indicate that you have an addiction. If your life has been affected by substance abuse in the following ways, you may have an addiction: Strained Relationships Has your drug or alcohol use negatively affected the relationships in your life? Have you ever used drugs or alcohol to fit in or feel accepted among your peers or in social circles? Have you ever lied to a family member or loved one about your substance use? Regularly, the relationships of those with drug or alcohol addictions suffer as a result of their substance abuse. You may find yourself no longer associating with friends or family who do not use drugs or alcohol or who do not approve of your substance use.
What is detoxification ?
It is a process in which the patient is administered drugs, diet and a change of atmosphere to break the routine of addiction. Required medical and counselling support is also provided as withdrawal symptoms (commonly called "turkey") like disorientation, sleeplessness, restlessness often occur during detoxification. 3-What does a rehabilitation center do? A rehabilitation center helps addicts in the recovery process. The centers usually have an outlined residential program. Use of discipline, creative & constructive routines and psychological treatment methods are the salient features of the centers. The addicts are helped to analyze themselves, confront defensive behaviour and learn coping patterns. The duration of the patient's stay may vary from 30days to 90 days.
What is the role of family members ?
Role of family members/caregivers in helping the addict is very crucial. They need to accept that the addict is ill, and should accompany him for treatment like any other patient They need to play a remedial role as prescribed by the counsellor Changing their thinking, feeling and behaviour patterns is necessary It is important to play a vigilant role in case the patient slips back to addiction The family should try and lead a normal life within the circumstances #What is sobriety? Sobriety is not merely abstinence from the substance but a qualitative change in attitude regarding self, others and the world. It also includes a sense of self-development and effort towards active reinstatement of self in the social mainstream.
Can an addict lead a normal life ?
Yes, and he can even progress and help other addicts during their treatment and recovery. He can restart his education, career plans, family reunification etc. He should however always completely abstain from all addictive, dependency-producing substances as there is a danger of relapse of some abuse or shift to a new abuse.
STEPS is a long term, residential treatment program lasting from 30 to 90 days. The length of the program is important because it gives you time in a healthy, drug-free environment to learn to live without alcohol and other drugs.
12-Step recovery model
As part of your recovery, you will be required to work through the “12-Steps”. This involves coming to terms with the reality of alcoholism and addiction, breaking through denial, learning to rely on other more healthy and positive approaches instead of one’s own often self destructive thinking and behaviour and eventually embracing a life style and attitude steeped in positivity.
Working on the premise that a life free from alcohol and drugs is not a bed of roses, we prepare you for life outside of STEPS. This includes daily activities, a routine balanced life and exposure to support groups. This includes combating common triggers that include stress, exposure to people or places that serve as reminders of the drug use experience, and being around others who are using drugs or alcohol.
STEPS aims to help you achieve abstinence; that’s our goal. For example, an alcoholic doesn’t become a social drinker and an addict doesn’t become a ‘recreational’ user. The reason we advocate abstinence from alcohol and other drugs is that there is a strong tendency for people to swap addictions and to relapse after abstaining for a period of time.
Relapse or a return to addiction after a period of abstinence remains a harsh reality and we at STEPS educate you on the various warning signs leading up to a relapse and how to deal with them instead of giving in to the urge to use alcohol or other drugs. Relapse is a process, not an event. And the three stages of Relapse are Emotional Relapse, Mental Relapse and Physical Relapse.
It has been seen that people with substance abuse issues generally have poor life skills. The World Health Organisation has listed 10 core life skills that can fit into three broad categories: Thinking Skills; Social Skills and Negotiation Skills. Through re-educative sessions you will learn how a poor utilisation of these have impacted your life and accordingly learn to use and incorporate life skills for a better life.
Group work provides a forum for you to explore your personal issues, at the same time helping you build effective communication skills with other people. This allows you, while focussing on your own recovery, to also learn about other people and take time to attend to their needs as well as your own.
During and after the program, intervention and support for family and significant others is encouraged and offered. Where breakdown has occurred, we aim to help you rebuild damaged relationships if possible. We also realise your family may need help to understand the new person who’s coming into their family circle again! We offer support in this regard.
We believe that a spiritual base is essential to the program. We recognise that humans are emotional, mental and spiritual beings and want to help you reach your full potential. The 12-Steps itself is a spiritual recovery model because an important part of recovery is admitting a sense of powerlessness over our addictive behaviour. This admittance and its follow up actions are designed to take one out of himself, in essence to stop relying on self and instead to start depending upon a healthier and more prudent body of wisdom and experience.
— Daily Routine of Patients
- 6.00 AM : wake up
- 6.30 AM : morning tea
- 7.30 AM : yoga and light exercise
- 9.30 AM : breakfast
- 11.30 AM : orientation classes
- 1.30 PM : lunch
- 4.30 PM : evening tea
- 5.00 PM : pranayam / outdoor games
- 6.00 PM : snacks
- 7.00 PM : interactive session
- 8.00 PM : group discussion
- 9.30 PM : dinner
- 10.30 PM : lights off