Method of AlcoFreeLife
The basis of the method revolves around three words: conviction, influence and self-influence.
The method involves psycho-pedagogical influences and relates to that of the biologist G. A. Shichko about conscience correction. It does not use any medical prescription or hypnosis and does not have any negative impact on the participant’s health.
The path towards conviction of sobriety depends on access to knowledge on the effects of narcotics, alcohol and tobacco. Personal commitment to sobriety is obtained by developing a strong motivation for correct behaviour. In practice this triangle method demonstrates the effectiveness of sending the participant back to school, to learn not only to read and write but even more importantly, learning complex matters that seem at the beginning incomprehensible.
The method integrates teaching, by which the educator leads the participant to consciously feel and experience reality, behaviour and norms of society. The objective entails extensive persuasion to reach the level of conviction in the subject.
There are strong beliefs based on deep understanding. Conviction expresses itself by readiness to act in order to protect one’s own conviction as part of one’s own personality.
Influence (in the sense of insisting) means changing of will and the conscience: to stimulate a disposition for thoughts and action. Influence means in effect that free will participant will express ideas, feeling, emotions and other physiological states. In other words, if possible, to influence and direct the change of attitude making no room for criticism.
This means to act without putting pressure on the person on the principle of personal initiative action by applying the theory and practice of collective psychotherapy for drug and alcohol dependant patients. Here play the role of interrelation and contact, boosted by the common denominator: all participants having the same problem.
Working groups for drug, alcoholic and tobacco-addicted people:
Practice shows that the majority of people affected by these dependencies are asking for concrete help. Some of them already have a limited knowledge for drug, alcoholic and tobacco dependency factors affecting their situation.
Starting with the first and during the following sessions, the goal is to reach conviction of participants in working groups on the subject of dependence problems encountered.
List of topics to be developed during the sessions:
1. Rules for keeping a diary during the course;
2. Requirements to contribute during working group sessions, obligation of presence, exchanges between the participant and the educator and understanding of elementary terminologies;
3. Theoretical understanding of drug, alcoholic and tobacco-dependency problems, as well as of the physiological mechanisms of pathological dependencies;
4. Medical consequences of abuses;
5. Classification of persons;
6. History of drug, alcohol and tobacco;
7. Theory of social behaviour programming;
8. Sources ands means of psychological programming;
9. Social and demographic consequences;
10. Personal history (biography) of the participant who produces his own analysis;
11. Means for personal psychological protection;
12. Means for personal social development
13. Program for personal spiritual development
Every session concludes with a growing consciousness of participants of the basic pharmacological effects of drug, alcoholic and tobacco dependencies on the body as well as the advantage a self-analysis and self-psychological work by keeping a diary.
Sessions with drug dependant persons using morphine, heroin and cocaine may last from 1 to 3 months while sessions with alcoholics and tobacco-dependant persons are set for 10 days. Sessions are held for two hours and given from one to five times a week. Working groups can be large (more that 20 participants) of average size (from 10 to 19 participants), small (from 2 to 9 participants).