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about-parivartan foundation

What Do We Treat?

  • Drug Addiction
  • Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis

1. Heroine Addiction Treatment

What you experience during heroin addiction treatment is going to solely depend on specific factors including how long you have been using and how much you have been using. Your recovery will depend on your ability to understand and cope with other challenges, such as underlying psychological problems that may have caused or been caused by your heroin use.

The treatment process involves chemical withdrawal from heroin known as detoxification.
During detox, you will likely remain in detox ward for at least a coupled of days. Once you have completed detox, you will attend classes and therapy sessions with counselors, as well as support meetings with others in treatment. You learn how to deal with triggers (such as situations and people) that make you want to use heroin again. Parivartan center provide certain activities to help you learn to use physical exercise as a safe and effective way to relieve stress. In addition, you may also learn other coping techniques, including deep breathing, yoga and meditation that aid in your recovery.

2. Opioids Inhalants Addiction Treatment

3. Industrial Paints and Glue Addiction Treatment

4. Prescription Drugs Addiction Treatment

Alcohol Addiction Treatment

For alcohol addiction, several treatments apart from detox are required. As detox helps in flushing out alcohol and drugs from the body, it is the essential first step before starting any treatment.
At Parivartan Foundation we conduct group therapy, individual counselling sessions and psycho-education on the biological, psychological and social effects of alcohol dependence (bio-psycho-social model). Our specialists are well-equipped to perform a variety of interventions, be it medical interventions or empirically validated psychological interventions for substance abuse, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), supportive and group therapy as per requirement. WHO recommends the 12-step program, followed at Parivartan Foundation for both during and after the treatment program
Remember that overcoming addiction does not happen at once. In fact, recovery is a lifelong process of commitment by the alcoholic and care by loved ones. This is why Parivartan Foundation also provides a Family Support program.

Dual diagnosis means that an individual has two separate but very interrelated diagnosis:

1. A psychiatric problem
2. An addiction problem

It is difficult to say which came first. What is important to note is that the person is currently having both problems and both have to be addressed together. A relapse in one of the two areas can trigger a relapse in the other.
Dual Diagnosis profiles may include the following:
Severe/major mental illness and a substance disorder(s)
Substance disorder(s) and a personality disorder(s)
Substance disorder(s), personality disorder(s) and substance induced acute symptoms that may require psychiatric care, i.e., hallucinations, depression, and other symptoms resulting from substance abuse or withdrawal.

How Common Is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is more common than you might imagine. According to a report published by the Journal of the American Medical Association: Thirty-seven percent of alcohol abusers and fifty-three percent of drug abusers also have at least one serious mental illness. Of all people diagnosed as mentally ill, 29 percent abuse either alcohol or drugs.

What Kind of Mental or Emotional Problems are Seen in People with Dual Diagnosis?

The following psychiatric problems are common to occur in dual diagnosis -- i.e., in tandem with alcohol or drug dependency: Depressive disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder Anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias, other psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and personality disorders.

Which Develops First -- Substance Abuse or the Emotional Problem?

It depends. Often the psychiatric problem develops first. In an attempt to deal with symptoms of an existing psychiatric disorder, a person may drink or use drugs; doctors call this "self-medication." Frequent self-medication may eventually lead to physical or psychological dependency on alcohol or drugs. If it does, the person then suffers from not just one problem, but two. In adolescents, however, drug or alcohol abuse may merge and continue into adulthood, which may contribute to the development of emotional difficulties or psychiatric disorders.
In other cases, alcohol or drug dependency is the primary condition. A person whose substance abuse problem has become severe may develop symptoms of a psychiatric disorder: perhaps episodes of depression, fits of rage, psychosis or suicide attempts.

How Can a Physician Tell Whether the Person's Primary Problem is Substance Abuse or an Emotional Disorder?

At the initial examination, it may be difficult to tell. Since many symptoms of severe substance abuse mimic other psychiatric conditions, the person must go through a withdrawal from alcohol and/or drugs before the physician can accurately assess if there is any underlying psychiatric condition present.

If a Person Does Have Both an Alcohol/Drug Problem and an Emotional Problem, Which Should Be Treated First?

Ideally, both problems should be treated simultaneously. When neither illness is treated, one illness can make the other worse. When only one illness is treated, treatment is less likely to be effective. When both illnesses are treated, the chances for a full and lasting recovery are greatly improved, and it is easier to return to a full and productive life.
However, in a controlled therapeutic environment, such as a facility like Parivartan, the client is first assessed by a psychiatrist and physician. His psychiatric condition has to be relatively stabilized (with medication within a protocol-oriented setting), so that he is open to other inputs such as psycho-therapy and counselling.