by Ray Andrews
Addiction counsellor at Triora Alicante
Addict in rehabilitation for 25 years
The treatment model offered by Triora recognises and addresses the important reality that active addiction affects the whole person: body, mind and soul.
As an addiction counsellor, and someone who has been in recovery for 25 years, I have personally experienced, and observed in most recovering people, that the successful treatment of addiction depends on an integrated approach to these three areas of human experience.
As an addiction counsellor, my objectives in addressing the spiritual dimension of recovery include:
1. De-mystifying Spirituality
In active addiction a person becomes isolated and the essential connection with the self, with others and with life generally, is damaged. Spirituality is a way of describing the positive, life-giving connection that is lost and must be restored. The healing and restoration of this spiritual connection is at the heart of effective treatment and recovery.
In our culture, the understanding of Spirituality has become confused with religion and other kinds of esoteric knowledge and practice. In recovery, we find it helpful to free our understanding of spirituality from these often-unhelpful associations and make it more accessible, inclusive and helpful.
It is well documented and researched that use of self-help groups greatly increases the chance of recovery and is a highly significant factor in reducing the risk of relapse. For this reason Triora is committed to helping people recognise, and accept, the importance of ongoing support and self-help groups in maintaining abstinence and achieving a healthy and meaningful life in recovery.
Groupwork is fundamental to successful treatment and healthy recovery. Active addiction is an isolating experience and the group provides the context where we discover that we are not alone, and need never be alone again. Learning, or relearning, to connect with ourselves and with others in the safety of the group, is essential to the restoration of self-esteem, confidence and the ability to trust. And by a gradual process of sharing, listening and identifying, the addict learns a healthy interdependence with others.
Through this positive experience in treatment, people come to recognise the importance of other recovering people in maintaining a healthy recovery and meaningful life.
Treatment provides an introduction to support like AA, NA and other self-help groups. And on completion of treatment, patients become members of the ongoing online support group of Triora Aftercare.
During treatment, patients are introduced to the 12-Step Programme. Again, we try to de-mystify this valuable recovery tool and free it from any unhelpful religious associations.
It is explained and offered as an inclusive and comprehensive model of change that has enabled millions of addicts throughout the world to find freedom, meaning and happiness in recovery.
Our treatment model is based on the belief that recovery is possible and available to everyone. Indeed the opportunity of recovery is the right of every addicted person.
It is well documented and researched that the use of self-help groups is essential to recovery and a highly significant factor in reducing the risk of relapse. For this reason, Triora is committed to helping people recognise, and accept, the importance of ongoing support and self-help groups in maintaining abstinence and achieving a healthy and meaningful life in recovery.
Triora’s addiction care is one of the most successful ways to overcome addiction. Using the unique Triora Model, we treat body, mind and soul to help you and your loved ones regain a meaningful life. Our professional staff provide discrete inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation to people like you from the pleasant surroundings of our private recovery clinics in Alicante and Malaga, Spain.