SELF Dual Approach Program

In 2004, SELF improved its program by implementing a Dual Approach Program of Behavior Modification complemented by Clinical Intervention. Normally, TC behavior modification approaches claim that if we changed the way one behaves, we’re likely to resolve the dependency issues. With the incorporation of clinical therapy, clients are now able to reap the full benefit of holistic care as they receive individual and group counseling, family therapy, medical and mental health services which may be required by the client. Through this approach, SELF can also address co-occurring (concurrent) mental/psychiatric and substance-related disorders through a multidimensional approach of biological (pharmacological), psychological (counseling & therapy), social (peer-based influences) and spiritual formation.

Attitude Disorders

Due to the uniqueness of this integrated approach, SELF is able to address a host of other disorders such as: Personality Disorder, Mood & Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorder (ADD, ADHD), Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders, Depressive Disorder, Adjustment Disorder and Impulse Control Disorders. Clients with Conduct Disorders (Attitude Problems or Personality Disorders) benefit from the instilment of positive values, and get to address self-destructive and anti-social behavioral patterns.

SELF not only provides psycho-education to the client (in treatment) but to the entire family and support system as well. Since this holistic integration was implemented, incidents of relapse, particularly from clients with multiple disorders, have been remarkably reduced.

Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis or concurrent disorders describes a condition in which a person has both a mental illness and is involved with substance use/abuse. More often than not, the substance abuse problem tends to mimic, mask or aggravate other mental health disorders and it is important that a proper diagnosis be conducted to identify the total condition. In these types of cases, a good mix between psychological (clinical) aid and behavioral modification (such as the SELF Dual Approach Program) becomes the necessary method of intervention.

There are two types of psychosis seen in concurrent disorders: 1) Predisposed – as referring to a client who has developed a mental illness before acquiring the substance use habit. In this type, clients will need to take medication during treatment to aid them in coping with the rehabilitation process. After treatment, these clients will need to continue certain medication for the rest of their lives or find themselves in danger of a (drug) relapse; 2) Drug-induced – as referring to a client who has abused substances to a point of inducing a mental illness. In this second type, clients will likely be medicated during treatment but may gradually be weaned out from the medication during post treatment stages.

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