Experience has enabled us to develop a programme of rehabilitation for drug addicts that guarantees a high percentage of success. Obviously it is the person itself who has to do most of the work. This project is comprised of four essential areas, each one of them having professionals assisting us in achieving our aims.

Programme

Admission

Anyone wanting help is admitted into the programme.

Our intention is to get to know the person who enters in Nueva Frontera as thoroughly as possible. To do this we try to learn about his or her social environment, family and physical and mental state during the admission process. Nevertheless, none of these are necessary for admission; the only requisite is that the person be convinced that he or she wants to join the programme.

The admission process is very simple and consists of the following:

Admission interview: individual and familiar
Psychological history
Health record
Toxicological control
Therapeutic contract
Preparation of clinical record
 
Treatment

The treatment received by the people entering Nueva Frontera is chiefly based on their will to overcome a situation which has been the cause of their defeat and rejection form society.

We are aware that this is the most difficult challenge they have ever undertaken but we also know - having gone through it ourselves - that this is the best way to free them from the slavery of drug addiction, saying NO TO DRUGS without having to use palliative medicine.

The treatment programme is simple and has the following stages:

Individual and group therapies
Relaxation workshops
Toxicological control
 

Detoxification and Breaking the habit

This is the first and most important step in overcoming this illness and that which will make the difference between mere good intentions and necessity. Unfortunately not everyone is willing to do this; nevertheless, those who are able to get through this first phase have left the toughest part behind and have a good chance of recovering.

The treatment that the patient receives in this programme is consits of:

Relaxation workshop
Toxicological control
Periodic revisions

Specific treatment

Often, the person entering has a specific clinical history which needs individual attention and dedication. To meet these needs we have professionals who voluntarily dedicate part of their time to treating these patients. The treatments are specified in the health record and the control teams are in charge of the follow-up. We cannot yet speak of rehabilitation at this point.

Rehabilitation

Our experience has led us to realise that the best way to fight against drugs is from the peron's personal growth; feeling useful and important wthin the community is basic in order to achieve a complete rehabilitation. That is why the greatest part of this process is based on reinforcing the person's professional skills.

Work-therapy
Learning a trade
Collaboration in comunity maintenance
Occupying positions involving responsibility
Taking advantage of immediate resources
Participation in work planning
Occupational workshops

Discharge

When the person has recuperated his or her emotional, social and economic stability, he or she can choose to face the world again. Many stay in Nueva Frontera to carry on with the task as others have done with them.

Reinsertion

The clash with their environment can be harsh; that is why in Nueva Frontera we try to make their reinsertion easier.

Follow-up

We don't forget about those who have adapted again to their normal life. It is very important that they feel the support they have had up to this point; that is why we have a personal follow-up, to avoid relapses.

Human Resources

In order to carry out the programme and the different areas that are involved, we have professional collaborators and support teams that work for us on a volunteer basis, with no other reward than their own satisfaction and our sincere gratitude. You can also collaborate with us to help these people out of their drug addiction. Check out the pages of How can you help?.

ProfessionalCollaborators

Psychologists
Doctors
Jurists
Teachers

Support Teams

Laboral and Fiscal Advice
Social Assistants
Social Counsellors
Support Counsellors
Support Volunteers

Psycological Area

With help from our team collaborators, we undertake a psychological follow-up from the person's entrance to the centre to his rehabilitation. During the process we follow certain techniques so as to solve any problem that could arise from the clash with his normal environment:

Psychological history and therapeutic contract
Admission Interview: individual and family
Write-up of his clinical record
Individual and group therapies
Relaxation workshop
Group dynamics
Communication training
Problem solving and social abilities
Periodic follow-up

Medical Area

A medical follow-up from the beginning is very important, not only for the drug addiction, but also because of drug-related illnesses such as AIDS, Hepatitis B, etc.. In the admission process a health record is begun and a clinical follow-up is done for the duration of the programme.

Health record
Periodic check-ups
Clinical records follow-up
Toxicological control

Social Area

One of the main points for total recuperation is encouraging sociability and interest in others. We teach the patient to establish and mantain social relations inside his normal environment. With these activities, we try to facilitate their integration in a society that many times rejects them.

Talks on social subjects
Social projection of the therapeutic community
Audiovisual presentations on social aspects
Group dynamics to encourage communication skills and sociability
Participation with local Associations and Groups
Cultural outings
Exchange of activities between the different centres
Corporal expression workshops

Professional Area

When we talk about reinsertion, we don't only mean to "heal" the patient from his drug addiction and return him home. His development and capacitation are fundamental in the professional area; these tools are necessary in order for effective and lasting reinsertion. Teaching them a trade if they don't have one, or developing the one they already know gives them back their confidence in their possibilities. We try to give them responsabilities, make them to make decisions and to fit back in the real world.

Work therapy
Learning a trade
Collaboration in community maintenance tasks
Positions of responsibility
Taking advantage of immediate resources
Participation in work planning
Occupational workshops