Widely recognised as one of the most effective inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Gujarat, Alpha Healing Center provides state-of-the-art evidence-based treatments and holistic healing to create a unique recovery experience for individuals struggling with alcohol, drug and other addictions, says Vijay Patel, CEO, Alpha Healing Center, in conversation with Mukul Kumar Mishra of Elets News Network (ENN).
The Centre has hypnotherapy, music therapy, and animal assistance therapy. These are all add-on therapies which provide client the relaxation. It gives patients an ability to manage stress as well as the negativity that surrounds them. Excerpts of the interview:
Q Alpha healing center serves patients with a holistic healing approach. What is the philosophy behind the treatment?
We have got two types of therapy — psychotherapy and holistic therapy. Psychotherapy is a type of evidence based therapies like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Relapse Prevention Therapy which help a client to maintain a positive attitude towards life.
At the same time it gives them the medical strength and confidence to manage the stress as well as the cravings. On the holistic side, we have hypnotherapy, music therapy, and animal assistance therapy. These are all add-on therapies which provide client the relaxation. It also helps the client to overcome all the negative energy they have been going through. It gives them an ability to manage stress as well as the negativity that surrounds them.
Q What kind of innovative therapies do you offer at your rehabilitation centers?
All our therapies are evidence based which have been well documented. It adds value to patients. In terms of new therapies, we have animal assistance therapy where we use a dog as a pet. As we know, dogs provide unconditional love and are very faithful. When our clients sit with these well-trained dogs, they learn lessons of life. They understand that in life it is always important to be good and to be very honest and straightforward.
Since last one year, it has been helping our clients a lot. Moreover, our all therapists are well trained. As compared to other centers, the outcomes which we offer are much better.
Q Shed some light over ‘alcohol addiction treatment’ and ‘drug addiction treatment programmes. How do these work?
Any types of addiction whether it is alcohol or drug, the basic principles remain the same. There are three important things which need to be fulfilled from the clients’ side. One is the intent and motivation of client whether he or she wants to come out of this. Second is family support. After the treatment, the family support is utmost important so that patients could maintain the sobriety and start a new life.The last important thing is patience. Many a times, the family members feel that by admitting in rehab centre their job is over. But that is just beginning.
When we talk about recovery, one should understand that it is the journey and not an event. There are always chances of relapsing. It doesn’t mean that therapy has failed and the amount that family has paid has gone waste.
Possibility of relapsing never goes away. Whenever it happens the family has to immediately contact us. We take appropriate steps to counsel the patient and start working on him again.
When we talk about alcohol and drugs, it is important to understand that detox is important process which we adopt at Alpha. Whenever the clients get admitted at our center, the first four to five days they are being kept into detox under observations. Detox is the process where the client’s body is totally detoxed from all the toxins that exist. Once the detox process gets over, the client is moved to rehab cottage where rehabilitation works start.
Q In our society, depression is not perceived as a serious disease. What kind of family counselling programme you provide at the center?
Today, depression is part and parcel of every individual’s life. In normal cases, the body has its own mechanism through which the individual comes out. When we talk about the depression of a client who has been suffering from depression from three or four years and he or she doesn’t have the ability to overcome that, then doctors and counsellors must be consultant. At Alpha healing center, the counsellors are well-trained. Counselling process involves understanding the past history which the patients have undergone. Certain situations or certain incidences drive a person into depression.
The counsellors try to look for positive things and skills within the patients. On the basis of that, the counsellors provide positive stimulus to patients. The stimulus provides them a confidence to think that depression is easily manageable. It makes them to think that it can happen to anyone. The way we counsel a patient is very important.
We do have family counselling sessions. Last Sunday of every month, the family members are called upon. Our psychologists and psychiatrists have a four-hour well planned agenda to discuss with the family teaching them how to behave with patients once they come out of the center. Families are taught how to support and motivate the patients. Our experts teach how to ensure that patients don’t undergo the same stress-level again.
Q Healthy diet plays a crucial role in keeping a person fit and fine. How do you ensure healthy diet and nutritional habits of patients?
Healthy diet is important for every individual. At our centers, we have dieticians who come every week taking care of patient’s eating habits. They guide the client towards a healthy diet plan during their stay at Alpha. Clients follow the diet schedule. They are also given the diet plan and asked to follow the same when they go out of the centers at the time of discharge. Same is also discussed with family members during family counselling sessions.
Along with diet, exercises are also very important as an individual should be fit both physically and mentally.
Our center offers a lot of recreational activities i.e swimming, fitness centers and spa. We have tennis and badminton court. In the evening, the clients are engaged in all these recreational activities as per their choice and their area of interests.
At the end of the day, the clients feel that right from morning — starting with yoga till evening, he or she can manage without alcohol and drugs. If that goes on for two to three months, the patients feel motivated and confident that they can live a life full of vigour and energy without even thinking of alcohol and drugs.