23 Oct The Therapeutic Community
The therapeutic community model employed by Therapia is a common method of rehabilitation for people suffering from addiction. Addictive behavior will often diminish relationships and social skills. This can make recovery difficult because there is no support system for an individual. The therapeutic community focuses on rebuilding social skills, regaining healthy values and reestablishing physical and mental health.
The community acts as a catalyst for change and self-help. As an individual progresses in their therapy, they are given increasing levels of responsibility in the community. They strive to become role models and examples of the values of the community.
Working together with peers encourages clients to re-familiarize themselves with social norms and expectations. Treatment staff aid in the process by directing activities and monitoring confrontations to promote healthy problem solving. Structured activities act as a contrast to the disorder of their previous lives. This motivates them to set and achieve new goals.
The therapeutic community requires that an individual be an active contributor to their rebuilding process. They participate in the community and fulfill their responsibilities in order to establish a lasting change in themselves. They also engage in “mutual self-help” where they are responsible for the recovery of their peers. Being supportive of others who are in recovery can help individuals to better understand their own situation and the need for change.
Many people who are recovering from addiction have a life model of how they interacted with society before their addiction took over that they can try to work back to. However, some individuals never had a functional social structure as a reference point; the therapeutic community helps them to build these skills from the ground up. This way, anyone recovering from an addiction can benefit from the therapeutic community model to learn or rebuild the skills, attitudes, and values needed for socialized living.