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The Launching Pad Addictions Society offers four programs to rehabilitate male victims of substance abuse for re-entry into society as contributing citizens under a treatment program of total abstinence:

Program 1: Advocacy & Education Regarding Recovery from Substance Abuse

Purpose: Assist clients of the Launching Pad with re-entry into society:

  • Assist clients to apply and qualify for government financial aid where applicable (e.g. welfare, E.I. benefits or disability)

  • Transport and accompany clients to provincial court and corrections officers as per judicial sentencing requirements

  • Transport and accompany clients to health professionals

  • Provide career counselling and arrange job training or educational upgrading

  • Arrange and provide life skills courses (e.g. Food safe, First Aid)

  • Provide progress reports to judges, corrections officers, insurance companies, employers and family members upon request

  • Transport and accompany clients to community based support groups daily

  • Transport and accompany clients to community based seminars and events

  • Host open house information sessions and special events for the community

  • Counsel and educate family members and friends of clients

  • Transport and assist clients to participate in pre-arranged volunteer opportunities in the community

Program 2: Self Assessment and Personal Development

Purpose: Provide and assist clients of The Launching Pad who have substance abuse problems, with a self-assessment/ self-examination process to determine personal levels of comfort or discomfort.

1. Identify tolerable vs. intolerable barriers to accurate perceptions:

  • Description of process

  • Demonstrate past-event-based reaction review process

  • Explain the benefits of the process

  • Ex-clients describe experiences with the self-assessment process

  • Client participation to prepare sample assessment

  • Identify sensitivity

2. Assist clients in the utilization of self-assessment process

  • Assist clients in becoming aware of their reaction patterns based on personal past events

  • Explain how negative emotional reactions, attached to personal historical events, are often imprinted and applied to present events

  • Describe how negative emotional reactions often trigger/justify retaliatory, socially unacceptable behaviour

3. Provide a method for experiencing changes in reactions patterns

  • Use scripted events to evoke client reaction at the group level

  • Suggest various ways to perceive an event

  • solicit client participation to seek reactions that promote emotional well-being

  • Assist clients to apply the method to past personal events

  • Taking ownership and responsibility for reactions

  • When necessary, assist clients to seek specialized help to deal with specific past events

  • Identify barriers to accurate perceptions

  • Improving perception skills

  • Models for self-disclosure

  • Improve responding skills

Program 3: Relations Restorative Process & Relapse Prevention

Purpose: Provide and assist clients of The Launching Pad who have substance abuse problems with a restorative process and a recovery based maintenance plan.

1. Substance Abuse Restorative Process

  • Description of process

  • Demonstrate process to repair harm, restore relationships and contribute at the community level

  • Facilitate group interaction regarding the implementation process at the personal level

  • Assist to prepare individual implementation plans

  • Facilitate group participation in pre-arranged volunteer opportunities at the community level

2. Social Therapeutic Interaction

  • Facilitate relapse prevention workshop

  • Description and assessment of support networks

  • Introduction to community-based peer support groups

  • Members of community-based peer support groups relate success experiences

  • Assist clients in developing daily maintenance routines

  • Understanding relationships

  • Improving family communications/ relations

  • Emerging as integrative/ functioning members of the community

  • The nature of relations

  • Establishing supportive relationships

  • Maintenance of supportive relationships

Program 4: Developing & Maintaining Healthy Relationships

Purpose: Engage, inform and assist clients who have substance abuse problems with methods of developing and maintaining healthier relationships within the family and within the community.

1. Through experiential group process, clients learn how to:

  • Improve family interactions

  • Reduce conflict in the family

  • Explore ways to change family dynamics

  • Develop support systems

  • Develop interpersonal communications

2. Clients will be guided to becoming contributing members of the community by:

  • Participating in pre-arranged group volunteer activities

  • Assistance in preparing educational information regarding recovery from substance abuse presentation at community forums

  • Identifying and acting upon trouble signs at home, at work or elsewhere in the community

  • Managing conflict co-operatively

  • Understanding interpersonal relations

  • Adapting to others

  • Enhancing fellowship skills

  • Public speaking at pre-arranged community forums (eg. high schools, service clubs, church groups)