At Red Door, every programme comes with two years aftercare and support. The fact is, post-acute withdrawal symptoms can persist. Addiction is a chronic relapsing condition so any Red Door client who feels in danger of lapsing in that two year period can come back into the programme for a reboot. Every client is also assigned a Key Support Worker who will work with them and support them with their recovery. That is the commitment we make to anyone who commits to recovery; to reclaiming their lives from alcohol and other drugs.
We have a maxiumum of seven residential clients at any time. We have small, focused groups in a responsive, caring and professional programme held in a family environment at a secluded recovery ‘ranch’ 40 minutes from Wellington, with large grounds, trees, gardens and a stream, with nearby bush and river walks. Ours is an evidence-based, proven holistic programme, held in a non-clinical environment.
At RDR we don’t just focus on the problem, we also explore the ‘why’ – and there is always a reason; something underlying. Without healthy connections in our lives, it is easy for us to make instant connections with drugs or alcohol. Or both. Until we uncover the reasons for our ‘self-medication’ and confront those reasons, long term recovery is extremely difficult.
As Johann Hari says: “the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it is connection.”