Here at Lifeway International, one of the premises we operate from is the point of view that substance abuse and the attendant mental health issues are a major concern to, not only the families and individuals that suffer, but to the culture as a whole, and that culture should therefore be a part of the solution. Research, practical and folk history back this premise up. Who you choose to socialize with does in fact have a major influence on the directions you grow.
A second premise we operate from is that research can lead the way to creating a program that is effective in treating substance abuse and the attendant mental health issues. Main points of research that have helped us to design this program center on indications that the brain and its functions are debilitated by the use of neuro-affecting substances. Some of the most influential research is that which indicates stabilization of recovery from a substance abuse issue takes an average of 18 months to 3 or 4 years.
Given these two main thrusts, Lifeway International has spent the last 31 years designing and developing solutions for recovery. In 1997, Lifeway coined this technique with the term, “Alternative Peer Group Program” or APG in a paper presented to the national convention of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). Recent research by Baylor College of Medicine and subsequent studies, in fact, has upheld that the success rates of the techniques developed under this name are far and above the competing approaches.
In addition to the verification of the research, the techniques that comprise Lifeway International just make sense. If someone with a substance abuse problem, or any disease for that matter, is attempting to recover, they should: 1.) make it difficult to continue behaviors that make them sick, like obtaining or using neuro-damaging substances 2.) be supported, but not be enabled by significant others in their life, 3.) solve psychological, physical, and spiritual issues that contribute or are the outgrowth of their past use, 4.) have safe places in early recovery to work and or go to school, 5.) be led by others who have expertise in doing all of the above, 6.) have as much fun as possible while this is all happening, and 7.) all of the above should be conducted in a structure that offers the best continuity of care and accountability possible.
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