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Therapeutic Community Drug Rehab

The Therapeutic Community drug program is long-term inpatient center typically ranging from 6 months, on up to 2 years, and some TC programs offer graduates to stay longer and help others.  

The therapeutic community treatment program has been around for about 40 years. These drug rehab centers are drug-free inpatient residential programs that use a hierarchical modality with different treatment phases that reflect enhanced levels of personal and socially progressed capabilities. These drug treatment centers are mostly ran by other members in treatment which influence peers, mediated through a list of group processes that are design to assist clients to learn and embody social norms and develop effective social skills.

Therapeutic community helps to treat individuals with a range of drug addiction problems. Many patients deal with issues ranging from poly drug abuse, long criminal history, lack of social support, and mental health issues like anxiety, depression, stress disorders, and other antisocial disorders. Many of the therapeutic community students are former pimps, junkies, prostitutes, drug dealers and armed robbers. Therapeutic community treatment centers differ from other drug rehab approaches mainly in its use of the community or peers, comprising the rehabilitation programs staff and individuals in recovery, as the principal agents of change.

Traditionally these drug rehabs are tougher than most, because it’s designed to break down and humble you while strengthening you mentally, physically and socially. TC patients are generally addicts with relatively long histories of chronic drug addictions and have spent time in jail and prison. 

In Therapeutic Community They learn to get along with others and handle stress as well as developing good work ethics and the value of honesty and integrity. The program is long hours of manual work and a strict set of rules and regulation to follow while trying to work in harmony with the other recovering addicts. The Therapeutic Community is mostly run by the recovering addicts themselves, who are also there receiving treatment. Interns are required to hold each other accountable and write each other up (inform staff) of any violation of rules. To break a rule could mean stern discipline such as cleaning floors with a toothbrush from 5:30 am to midnight or worst. Character defects in this program will be exposed; therefore staff can know how to best help individuals overcome their shortcomings.

Individuals are held accountable for every infraction and are encouraged to make better choices. Many TCs have encounter groups where peers confront each other on there faults and are allowed to say anything as derogatory as they like. The rule is you are not to move or react while eventually being humiliated in front of others, however they are not to attack any part of another person which they don’t have control over; for example: crooked nose or going bald. At encounter groups they let off frustrations, while helping each other break through blind-spots (having unrealized negative traits--but obvious to others) and realize there irresponsibility, confront others controllably and handle criticism. TCs provide counseling and may include the 12 steps of AA and NA. Some offer GED courses and have business to pay for and run the facility, and teach the value of work while possibly learning a skill.

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