My name is Jason Bowman and I am the CEO at Addiction Solutions Victoria. In response to direct feedback from a broad cross-section of people and families challenged by addiction, we have developed an affordable, evidence-based drug and alcohol rehab option delivered in the person's home where they feel safe and their privacy is protected.
Components of the ASV Rehab at Home program include:
Addiction Medicine Assessment and Management
Addiction Psychology Assessment and Management
Ice Breaker Program - Rehab at Home - Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Programs
Psychotherapy and Counselling - Peer Support and Mentoring
Ongoing Recovery Support – Aftercare - Return to Life Program
Referral / Advocacy / Linkage to relevant and appropriate supports and services.
To celebrate the possibility of recovery from drugs and alcohol, we have compiled a series of testimonials in the form of blogs written by people who have accessed ASV programs, our aim is to share the hope of positive change with anyone still impacted in a negative manner by addiction.
what I learned about triggers in drug and alcohol rehab will keep my recovery on track
A trigger is any form of stimuli that initiates the desire to engage in addictive behaviour.
At ASV, many of our clients state that stopping drinking or using is one thing and staying stopped, another.
Effective, evidence-based addiction treatment provides the individual with the opportunity, within a safe, supportable and substance-free environment, to begin to identify the underlying psychological and emotional issues fuelling the addictive behaviours. The purpose of an effective treatment process is to motivate internal change, providing the individual with a realistic and sustainable opportunity at recovery.
Triggers are associated with a behaviour, memory or situation that relates in some way to prior substance abuse behaviours. As someone struggles with addiction, the people they interact with, the places they spend their time and in some situations, the things they do become strongly associated with their addictive behaviour.
Moving into treatment and recovery helps to reduce exposure to these triggers as much as possible. This may require changing relationships, moving to a different side of town or making a career change.
Triggers prompt cravings, which are strong desires for a certain substance and can lead to relapse.
Learning how to identify triggers and developing strategies to manage cravings is a vital part of recovery from addiction.
What I learned about Addiction and Recovery during the ASV Rehab at Home program
Addiction is a complex condition that has a basis in significant changes within the brain. A person can become addicted to many different substances, behaviors, activities and even thoughts. The cause of addiction remains poorly understood but there are established theories about its development. Various types of treatment for addiction exist including medication, psychotherapy and others.
Although addiction will frequently improve with the appropriate treatment, relapse is common. Addiction has been associated with criminal behavior in many cases, but not all people who are addicted to a substance or an activity will engage in criminal acts. If someone is engaged in addiction and criminal activities it is likely that there will be several negative consequences that can manifest themselves in a variety of ways.
Addiction and crime frequently commingle. Crime can be defined as any illegal or proscribed act especially as defined by law or custom as to incur a penalty. Addiction is described as a state of periodic or chronic intoxication produced by the repeated consumption of a drug (as opium, alcohol, or tobacco) that tends to impair the judgment and social responsibilities of the addict and induce craving.
What is Recovery from Addiction
Recovery is a process through which individuals improve their health and wellness while overcoming addiction. Addiction carries with it significant physical, mental and social consequences that can lead to breakdowns in communication and relationships. A person who is recovering from an addiction will initially attempt to maintain abstinence from the substance or activity they were addicted too, but people in recovery from addiction will frequently encounter triggers that can cause cravings and lead to relapse. Effective recovery from addiction involves a process of self-discovery, reestablishing lost connections with family and friends and learning new ways to cope with stressors in life.
Treatment for Addiction is the process through which people addicted to drugs or alcohol receive help for their substance abuse disorder. Treatments vary depending upon the type of addiction and can often be quite different from treatment protocols for other mental disorders. Treatment for addiction typically involves a combination of medical treatment, therapeutic intervention and a supportive network of family and friends who can provide encouragement and a healthy lifestyle example.
The main goal of drug rehab is to help an individual achieve abstinence from drugs or alcohol and return to life in a meaningful and sustainable manner.
"ASV programs and services provide affordable, evidence-based drug and alcohol rehab options across Melbourne, Victoria. The core program is delivered in the persons home where they feel safe and their privacy is protected". - Jase Bowman - ASV CEO Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center, Melbourne 2020.