We draw from a data base of over 100 topics focused on empowering those individuals in our care by educating them via didactic work shops and one on one counselling sessions. All topics aim to instil within each residents the necessary life skills and effective coping mechanism to overcome and interact on all levels of life once integrated back into society.
A positive aspect of our programme is that all change is to be witnessed within the community at Anchor ranch and all visits be they at home or local form part of testing residents in all typical scenario’s. Counselling and feed back is based not only on what is “shared” in the office but all interaction on the farm is supervised and all forms of destructive, negative or addictive behaviour is addressed within the activities planned on the day and via role playing within group therapy. Further to this each incident or topic raised is explored immediately with residents with the hope to uncover their triggers, destructive belief systems and the motives of “reactive” action. Effective solutions are explored and suggested as alternative choices and actions to be taken in all future interaction.
This approach focuses on the individuals needs and allows the team the ability to create a specific approach or individual treatment programme for each resident focusing on their specific needs.
Empower the individual to adopt a positive outlook on life
Typical interactive workshops focus on the following:
- Stress Management – to help the individual deal with stress in a healthy way resulting in breaking free from the need to seek escape and relief from their drug of choice.
- Power of Positive thinking – to empower the individual to adopt a positive outlook on life, by not focusing on the negative, punishment and fear, but rather that each challenge is an opportunity for growth and a need to seek solutions.
- Relationships – relationships are key to growth and sustainability of recovery so this group focuses on what the essential principles are for effective relationship building and to create an awareness of how important a healthy relationship versus that of an unhealthy relationship which has the potential to lead back to bad habits. This group is to help the resident discern between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
- Triggers – a trigger is a specific person, feeling, image, place or sensory experiences that is associated with the need to use or escape into addiction or destructive habits leading to a relapse..
- Fears/ Anxiety – Learn more about the rationality of their individuals fears, their causes and effective strategies to overcome and work from them.
- Forgiveness – shame and guilt are powerful emotions that underlie a need to escape into addiction and also feed into a need for self sabotage as one self esteem is eroded by these emotions. It is vital to learn to accept and forgive the self. Secondly bitterness and anger lead to depression and rage, it is therefore vital that we learn to forgive others of their harm towards us.
- Balanced Lifestyle – learn to have a healthy balanced lifestyle that consists of a balance between work, relationships, social, physical and spiritual.
- Time Management – learn to manage your time effectively
It is vital to learn to accept and forgive the self
- Addiction and Recovery
- Anger Management
- Cravings & Craving Cycles
- Cross addiction
- Conflict management
- Decision making
- Financial Management
- Being Grateful
- Negative talk
- Problem Solving
- Relapse Prevention
- SWOT – Strengths
- Opportunities and Threats
- Toxic love
Learn to have a healthy balanced lifestyle
Family InvolvementFamily involvement plays an important roll in the residents recovery when we witness enough consistent growth and your loved one has earned the merit we will appoint a date for a family visit and start the process of reconciling a resident and his family. Family therapy is a critical component in the successful outcome of treatment. A facilitated Family sessions will foster an environment in which all participants can communicate freely and openly each other. We also strongly recommend that families join, attend and commit to support groups as our experiences proves those who do enable successful recovery principles that assist their loved ones on the road to recovery.
Physical development is an important to the overall recovery, once a resident is physically stronger and healthier, the residents self-esteem will improve and self respect develop and self esteem.
Allocated time is set in place for daily exercise.
Although not everyone is a ‘sport fanatic” we encourage the residents to take part in the various sport activities such as, soccer, touch rugby, table tennis, cricket and volley ball.
After Care Planning
A after care plan is a vital component in sustainable recovery.
Personalised relapse prevention plan, relapse warning signs and a life plan are compiled by the resident with assistance and input from counselling staff.
These agreements aim at achieving realistic goal setting and direction, safe and effective re-integration post treatment, maintaining effective accountability at all times and the involvement in aftercare and support structures.