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The CDU Programme

The CDU Programme

The pre-admission assessment with the patient and their families is completed first.  This determines the individual's specific needs and requirements, and their appropriateness for the programme. 

The program is based on a client centred and holistic approach which is focused on intensive in-patient treatment, with regular aftercare follow up. 

The intensive therapy program follows the medicated detoxification period. 

Various aspects which are covered in the programme include the following:

  • Resolving denial.
  • Differentiating between substance abuse and dependence.
  • Components of the addictive personality.
  • Faulty belief systems.
  • Relapse prevention.
  • Family and the process of enabling.
  • Co-dependency.
  • Adult children.
  • Addiction in the workplace.
  • Biochemistry of addiction.
  • Family therapy in the form of conjoint meetings.
  • Education of family.
  • Friends and the individual in treatment.
  • Interactive psychodynamic group therapy.
  • Individual psychotherapy.
  • Marital counselling.
  • All sessions within the programme are compulsory.

During treatment strong emphasis is placed on involving the family, partners and employers in the treatment plan facilitated by collateral input and conjoint sessions. 

Patients are encouraged to participate in the mini-group activities in the Clinic. Special focus is given to life-skills such as stress management and assertiveness training. 

We aim to de-stigmatize the illness of addiction, and integrate the chemically dependent individual back into society as early as possible. Encouraging the individuals to participate in established programmes such as the 12-step fellowships of Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous enhances this process. 

Crescent Clinic has NA/AA speakers and ex-patient shares several evenings a week to address addiction issues with the patients on a more personal level.

Alcohol_addiction | by Dr. Radut