The philosophy of this programme is that addiction has a cause, course, and a predictable outcome. Also, that recovery from addiction(s) is possible. Recovery is not just abstinence or modification, but it involves learning to live life constructively, without addictions.
At Te Nikau we believe that addictive behaviours have their roots primarily in life issues (although other factors may contribute). Addictions are used as a life coping mechanism. Therefore life issues need to be dealt with, and new, constructive living skills learned.
We see people with addictive behaviours as people. Their addictions have been coping mechanisms, and do not define who they are. They can become free of their addictions, and although they will learn and grow as people throughout their lives, they will not always be in recovery.
Life circumstances preceding addiction(s), and the consequences of addiction(s), affect the whole person. Recovery means not just to be free from addiction, but to be personally free. Without being personally free, cross-addiction, or transfer of addiction is likely. Recovery involves dealing with and developing each area of self, including thoughts, beliefs, mental health, emotional health, physical health, and spiritual health, as all parts of a person interact.
In our experience, people with addiction often have more than one addictive behaviour at a time, or may transfer addictive behaviours, therefore we address all addictions concurrently, including nicotine addiction.