Relapse Prevention and Management Support at ‘Poorna’
Addiction is a chronic disease and therefore relapses may occur with the patient using alcohol or drugs again. These patients who have had a relapse often need short term help to stabilise their recovery.
For patients who have been treated at T.T.K Hospital, Primary care or after care programmes are provided help at the ‘Poorna’ unit.
- Medical detoxification is provided to treat withdrawal
- A specially structured activity oriented therapy programme of five days duration is conducted to help identify high risk situations and plan to handle relapse triggers.
- A parallel programme is conducted for family members.
Those who have relapsed with one or two days of drinking are provided out-patient detoxification or immediate admission for detoxification. This is for a period of three days with one counselling session to re-establish abstinence.
The Poorna Unit comprised of an area of 6000 sq.ft. was built with funding from the Chennai Willingdon Corporate Foundation. The unit has a general ward to accommodate 12 patients, two therapy rooms and one ward to accommodate family members.
Free ongoing support
Recovery from addiction is not just the cessation of alcohol / drug use. It also demands adjustment to a new way of life. This new way of life brings new stresses and hence the patient requires new coping skills. Therefore, during the initial stages of recovery, he needs guidance and support. To ensure this, follow-up services are provided totally free at the T.T.K Hospital for a period of two years.