Why Residential Treatment?

Believe it or not, most addicts have a strong intent to quit!!!

However it is extremely difficult for them to end their abuse patterns.  Peer pressure, lack of direction, inability to manage the cravings and  their chosen environment  turns their pursuit of sobriety into a painful journey.

For individuals with long term abuse of drug and alcohol, it becomes even more difficult to end their abusive behaviour. Drug and/or alcohol would have been an integral part of their lives for so long, that they are just not able to imagine a life without it.  Their best intent to refrain fails as they get sucked  into the same destructive environment of using buddies, dealers and other enablers.

The first step to recovery is when the addict accepts that he has a problem and agrees to seek help. And  Residential Drug/Alcohol rehab is the best available option, as it allows them to move into a clean and sober environment. Being away from the destructive atmosphere and supported almost 24/7 by peers, counsellors and other trained staff, greatly helps the individuals in undergoing the recovery process.

Research shows that longer residential treatment, coupled with family interventions and ongoing support results in better outcomes.

At Lifeline the treatment happens in 3 stages:


Long time drug/alcohol abuse results in the residues of these substances to remain in the body, resulting in cravings for these substances. This hinders the recovery process.

Detox is the first step of the recovery process intended to remove the additive substances from the body. When in detox  the addict undergoes withdrawal symptoms that needs to be managed. This process is done under the supervision of the trained staff comprising of a physician and a psychiatrist. The individual undergoing detox is monitored for the physical and psychological symptoms.



Once an individual is detoxed, he starts his deaddiction treatment program. Treatment at Lifeline is based upon the knowledge that deaddiction and rehabilitation treatment must be as unique as the individual’s problem.  We take a 360 degree view of the individuals  history,  including the type and length of drug abuse, health condition, family dynamics,  and social challenges. This information is used to structure a drug treatment program that provides the best opportunity for recovery and rehabilitation.

The Recovery process at Lifeline uses the structured 12-Step process in treating addictive and dysfunctional behaviours. The 12-step process was first used by Alcoholic Anonymous as a clearly defined protocol  to be followed to  recover from alcohol dependency. However, this is not merely a process to stop drinking or to stop abusing drugs. It becomes the foundation to starting a new way of life.

This stage involves psychological interventions to:

  • Enhance motivation
  • Provide incentives for abstinence
  • Build skills to resist drugs/alcohol
  • Replace source of pleasure
  • Improve problem solving skills
  • Improve interpersonal relationship

Though the focus is on recovering from addiction, the program works towards re-establishing the addicts as responsible and productive individuals. The program enables them to make life style changes and manage their feelings that will help them to abstain from drug/alcohol abuse.

The program also helps the individual to improve their  health, self esteem and regain their confidence to be able to live a fulfilling life.

Family based therapy

Family plays a very big role in the recovery process of the addicts.  Individuals addicted to drug/alcohol are unaware of the affects of their addiction on the family. Lifeline enables the family to provide objective and non judgmental feedback to the recovering addicts.  These interventions help the individual to accept and understand the extent of their problem. The realisation of how their abuse has impacted their family and others around them helps them to face the realities of their situation and get the required help.

Our counselors work with the family to educate them on the behavioral strategies and behavioral goals that can be applied to improve the home environment.