Our expert says:
I agree with you Hanna, there is no quick fix, and recovery is a continual learning process for most in recovery. However, there is no single path for recovery - and each person needs to see what will ultimately work for them. I like to view it as the cumulative effect of interventions for those with more advanced dependencies. Most interventions have there pro's and con's - long-term (1-3yr) residential programmes might only serve to institutionalise some - without really testing how they hope in the 'normal' world - that is not to say that I am against these programmes, they are indeed very useful (and needed) for some. Some shorter treatment residential treament programmes with strong after-care support networks and self-help groups such as AA/NA and CAD are also very successful. What is important is to match treatment intervention to the profile of patient. I fully agree that one of the greatest stumbling blocks in the field is the access to residential care in SA - and we need to perhaps lobby government about this...
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