Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive behaviour and substance misuse, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Although the initial decision to use the drug of choice is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person’s self control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to continue. Fortunately, treatments are available to help people counter addiction’s powerful disruptive effects. Research shows that behavioural therapy is the best way to ensure success for most patients. Treatment approaches that are tailored to each patient’s addictive patterns can lead to sustained recovery and a life free from the illness of addiction.
Similar to other chronic, relapsing diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, addiction can be managed successfully. And as with other chronic diseases, it is not uncommon for a person to relapse. Relapse, however, does not signal treatment failure—rather, it indicates that treatment should be reinstated to help the individual regain control and recover.
A new programme is developing at Future Living embracing the needs of young people who have experienced difficulties with the use of drugs and alcohol. This will launch in January 2017 with an exciting new media project that youngsters will be able engage with, focusing on their strengths rather than their difficulties and looking forward to the future.
“We are really excited about this project” stated Chief Executive, Sandra Conte. We are encouraging young people between the ages of 14 and 19 years of age to come forward
(they can refer themselves) and join a small group with a maximum of 8 people. This will take place in our café on a Monday and will be the ‘hub’ of the young people’s group. Their space, they can name their group, choose what media project they would like to pursue, eat, discuss, participate……….. We have many professional media people, also trained therapists who will be there to guide them and support them on this journey together, making a connection, maybe for the first time.
The project will culminate in a public display of their project and acknowledgement for their work. As the programme is client led we don’t know where it will take us all but will continue to support youngsters in an ongoing hub for the foreseeable future in a non judgemental and empathic way.