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Our philosophy.

Addiction Counselling Services recognizes that:

  • Addiction is a multi faceted illness – including physical, psychological, psycho-social, emotional and spiritual aspects, and that all of these must be addressed in primary treatment.

  • There is a need to ensure positive changes in the family system.

  • The whole family/significant other(s) is seriously affected by the addiction and are encouraged to participate in the family program.

  • A multidisciplinary approach is necessary to holistically meet the needs of the person with an addiction.

Aims and goals of treatment:

  • Lifelong abstinence from alcohol and other mood-altering, addictive substances and behaviours together with an unimpaired, satisfying, comfortable and fulfilling lifestyle.

  • Addictive disease education and client awareness that they are responsible for their own recovery.

  • Full understanding of the serious disorder of chemical and/or behavioural addiction and the accessing of tools to ensure ongoing recovery and healthy lifestyle choices.

  • Understanding the “family illness”. The client is made aware of how addictive disease has impacted the whole family.

The primary treatment process takes place over 4, 8, or 12 weeks dependent on assessment outcome.

The treatment process starts with a detailed assessment and, if necessary, detoxification under medical supervision. The mainstay of treatment is professionally-led group therapy with individual counselling and an educational program, which reinforces the recovery process.

The ACS unit promotes a therapeutic community and clients are encouraged to help one another, thereby helping themselves.