No one wanted to be a drug addict. No one wakes up one morning and make a decision to become a drug addict. But once a person becomes addicted, it is difficult to stop. That is the nature of addiction. The simple definition of addiction is "I cannot Stop!"
Life changes once one becomes an addict. Families also change because of it. So one gets addicted, and at least 5 others around the addict will also be affected directly by the addiction.
Often addicts would think about recovery once they are in crisis. However, once the crisis is over, they would not even consider recovery. They would need to be between a rock bottom and a few hard walls that would not move to make that decision. Oftentimes, this means that the family and significant others in the life of the addict needs to have both courage and strength to help the addict make good decisions for his or her life.
We have also learned that recovery does not have to be voluntary to be successful. It takes the concentrated effort of the family to support the addict to move towards a healthier and more rewarding life.
Recovery centers are for those who have time and time again have shown not to be able to stop on their own. Recovery centers provide the addict with a time out, and some rest from the insanity of addiction. Yes, addicts do get tired, and often secretly would ask and pray for help.
Research have shown that programs that are at least three months would have the best chance to help addicts make that significant and important change in their lives. More than three months would be best.
Why, you ask. Because in the first three months, concentration and the ability to concentrate is still minimal. It takes a few months before addicts can concentrate and learn the tools necessary to help them think through and make changes in their lives.
YAKITA's Basic Drug Recovery Program consists of a 6 month program. Based on NIDA’s findings related to principles of effective drug treatment, programs that span more than 3 months would provide a better chance for a more sustained recovery. However, we do provide 45 days basic recovery treatment program.
When addicts come in to YAKITA for the basic programme, we assist them with detoxification process. Once detoxification is over, they begin their basic program. They get a full education on drug abuse, addiction, recovery process, self healing, coping skills, problem solving skills, learn how to take care of themselves, aside from learning about the problems and dangers related to addiction. We try to provide them with an understanding and insight into their own lives as addicts, and how addiction has destroyed their lives and their relationships with people who are dear to them. It is no wonder that YAKITA has developed to cater to international addicts who wish to recover.
In the basic program, addicts take part in 6-8 hours sessions daily, except Sundays. Counseling can happen around the clock since counselors also live in, allowing for improvements in personal coping skills, sharing, bonding and building a sense of family with YAKITA staff and with peer counselors assigned to each program.
Addicts are encouraged to learn to express themselves and to learn how to feel again - skills that are usually blunted by years of active addiction. They also learn to be responsible for each other and take care of one another, to build a sense of compassion, caring, altruism and empathy for others. This is basic to YAKITA’s philosophy - to primarily Recover, to forge Community Unity, and to be of Service.
Within 6 months of their program, normally addicts would begin to have greater understanding of themselves and are motivated to help others. Parents and significant others are encouraged to come for counseling and learn about addiction to be able to assist their addicted loved ones once they come home, where recovery maintenance is critical.
Peer Program or the Peer Counselor Training Program is available for those who wish to learn about addiction and how to help others. The program is open for addicts and non addicts who wish to learn about Counseling for Addicts. Addicts who continue to this program generally have more sustained recovery and further change to the better.
The training is a 6 month training program, which allow trainees to learn at more depth, issues that are related to addiction. They also begin to learn more about management and leadership. The training is also a 6-8 hours a day program where trainees live within the recovery center campus which provides them with a real life experience working with addicts and their families.
They also learn to teach addicts and their families about addiction, take more part in the management of the daily recovery program. Many of our graduates say that what they have learnt during this program has aided them and prepared them for working outside. This program has also been open for international students. We have had students from the US, Australia, UK, Spain and the Maldives to name a few, follow our Peer Counseling Training Program.
Staff in Training Program is an On the Job training Programme where graduates from the Peer Counseling Training program and those who wish to learn about the practical aspects of recovery management are welcomed to join.
This is also a 6 months program. Those who have completed the Peer Counseling Training program are also open candidates for employment at YAKITA.
Employment program post staff in training program is still only open to Indonesian nationals since working visa for expatriates are difficult and too costly to obtain. As a non-profit foundation, YAKITA is unable to cover for visas and staying permits.
Relapse Intervention Program is for those who wish to halt a relapse in progress, or those who have gone through some recovery treatment program before. Meaning, this program is for those who have had some prior experience in recovery programs and needed a review on their recovery plan.
The program length can be anywhere from a month to 3 months and depends on case by case. Those who have had experience in other recovery centers often chose to do the basic recovery program at YAKITA.
Addicts who wish to continue to be a certified drug and alcohol counselor, can easily use the hours accumulated from practise at YAKITA. The three programs would give anyone 18 months of practise to use when applying to further their drug and alcohol studies.
Some of our graduates have taken their drug and alcohol studies in the US and in Canada after completing the basic recovery program, the peer counselor training program and the on the job training program. YAKITA would provide a letter to justify the hours already spent in practise and helping others in recovery at YAKITA.
More than two decades of scientific research have yielded a set of fundamental principles that characterize effective drug abuse treatment. These 13 principles, which are detailed in NIDA's new research-based guide, Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-based Guide, are:
Copies of the booklet Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-based Guide (NCADI publication BKD347) can be obtained from the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847, 1-800-729-6686.