Bali Beginnings is a drug-and-alcohol treatment centre, located in beautiful Bali.
Using an evidence-based compassionate and caring approach and a continued focus on helping clients with recovery after they return home, we help our clients and their loved ones find a way to wellness. We work with people to ensure they get clean and stay clean. We also believe that the only way to achieve self-esteem is to do estimable things.
Our addiction treatment program involves letting us love you until you can love yourself. Let our drug & alcohol therapists and recovery coaches care for you until you can learn to care for yourself. During our addiction recovery treatment work, together we will help you reach a place of love and compassion for yourself and others.
A pivotal focus of our drug-and-alcohol rehabilitation program includes preparing you to return to your life after rehab, to achieve a stable financial and family life, rebuild relationships and be fit for life. We don’t just offer an escape to tropical paradise. We offer much, much more – an escape from active Drug & Alcohol addiction.
The process of addiction and recovery
Recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol
Achieving a sober and healthy life requires commitment and effort on the part of the user. There are innumerable benefits from entering a life of recovery free from drugs and alcohols but addicts and alcoholics need not feel overwhelmed by the leap needed to achieve this, as the journey of a thousand miles begins only with the first step.
What’s involved in rehabilitation from drugs and alcohol
Each person’s recovery is different and the approach to treating the issues the person is afflicted with varies also. There are however a number of similar aspects of every addict or alcoholics recovery.
- Each addict must either begin treating themselves (difficult) or seek help from professionals, and this involves acknowledging that they have a problem, and a willingness to find a solution.
- A process of total eradication of drugs and alcohol from the person’s life, is typically necessary.
- A process of therapy, counselling, (in some cases medical detox) is required as part of rehabilitation.
- Ongoing management and recovery, and learning to live a sober life free from substances.
Contact our team to find out more about how to achieve such a life, drug and alcohol free.
Beginning the journey
Choosing the right approach to recovery is a key step in achieving a long term successful outcome. Many at this stage choose to try to “go it alone”, but over time and through sometimes repeated and long experience they know that this has a high risk of failure, and so speaking to qualified and experience rehabilitation centres about how they can help, gives the user a far higher chance of achieving a life of long term sobriety.
You may need to undertake an assessment for therapists to get a true understanding of your issue, and this could involve medical tests, or even supervised medical detoxification for people at risk through ceasing their use of drugs or alcohol immediately. For heavy drinkers, stopping “cold turkey” can result in Delirium Tremors, a disorder which can result in fitting or even death if not managed correctly, and a number of narcotic drugs involved risks of unmanaged cessation of use. Your assessment is likely also to cover issues such as your behavior when using, any history in your family of substance abuse, your work or financial situation (to to the extent that it affects your ability to enter treatment) or any medical issues to be considered in treatment.
Find an addiction treatment centre that suits your needs
You need to choose a centre that has both qualified and experienced therapists. Typically people with a background in psychology and significant experience working with drug addicts or alcoholics is required, to ensure your chances of success are maximised and you achieve a life of sobriety following treatment.
Some key principles to consider
The following are a few important issues to take into account when preparing to enter a rehabilitation and recovery process.
- There are both psychological and medical factors that must be taking into account in treatment.
- Many forms of therapy including CBT (Cognitive Behavoir Therapy), Group Therapy and Individiual one on one therapy may all be involved in your treatment approach.
- Whether you are willing or not to enter drug rehabilitation or alcohol recovery, once you enter a program of treatment, your chances improve considerably and so trying to keep an open mind is key, as is taking the first step and entering a program of addiction treatment.
- The best treatment approach is one that is tailored to your needs specifically.
- The sooner you begin the process of treatment, the greater the chances of success.
- Treatment will involve not just dealing with your immediate using behavoir, but also trying to help you understand the reasons you use, and give you tools to manage these desires in your day to day life.
- It’s important to ensure that an appropriate medical review and diagnosis is undertaken to ensure that there are not other reasons for your issues.
- In treatment, you need to not only learn about your problem, it’s nature and to stop using, but you need to be prepared to re-enter your life after rehab and this preparation is a key part of any effective rehabilitation program.
- One of the most important success criteria involves both a willingness to work for your own recovery and keeping an open mind.
- Aside from physical detox and medical treatment, a process of psychotherapy and psychological counselling will be an important element of building a long term approach to sobriety.
How people choose a rehab
Recent studies and market surveys of people who have achieved recovery via a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program have shown that people view the facilities and activities available to people during rehab as a vital element of their decision regarding which rehab centre to choose. Activities such as meditation, yoga, fitness activities and healthy choices in the menu for clients are all important issues that we focus on here at Bali Beginnings.
Types of rehab offered:
There are a range of options offered to people wanting to enter treatment including:
- Residential Rehab (where the client stays at the Rehab Centre for the duration of their treatment)
- Outpatient Rehab (for clients who visit only to participate in group or individual therapy sessions)
Combinations of the above
The approach taken to working with clients and helping them address their needs, and the process of admission and assessment (including medical assessment or detox requirements) however does not vary and is a mandatory prerequisite for admission to rehab.
People often experience difficulty in cessation of their using behavoir when they remain in their current day to day life and work situation. By entering a residential rehab facility, they are able to temporarily remove themselves fromm these temptations, stop socialising in circles of friends that support their using, and have a total mental and physical break from their life. While some say that this removal of temptation is not helpful as it is temporary in nature, we disagree. We believe that in fact such a temporary reprieve from the pressures of day to day life are exactly what a client needs to get clean, to start to manage their addiction and to prepare themselves psychologically and emotionally to then be able to re-enter their life with the best chance of maintaining a sober living approach.
Residential rehab is usually required for those with more serious problems with alcohol or prescription or illicit drugs or medications. It is also commonly required where a client has both a substance abuse issue combined with other mental or psychological disorders (dual diagnosis).
Some people in critical situations or medical emergencies may in fact require hospitalisation prior to entering rehab, and at Bali Beginnings we have close working relationships with local high quality medical facilities and health professionals to manage this process if required.
For those that enter Bali Beginnings’ rehab facilities we have physical and clinical supervision of clients at all times, including live-in recovery coaches who are available around the clock to help clients and support them in recovery, and ensure they are not thinking of leaving, using, or placing themselves or others at risk.
Outpatient Rehab involves users visiting the Rehab for key sessions of treatment and group therapy but they are able to maintain their current place of residence without living full time in the rehab centre. Bali Beginnings offer this to people staying in Bali, however for clients whose regular place of residence is overseas, we strongly recommend that your treatment with us is based on Residental live-in approach. While Bali is a beautiful island with lots of clean, healthy pursuits, there are also a lot of bars, restaurants and temptations available and so we typically only handle outpatient rehabilitation for expats whose permanent home is in Bali.
This style of program is also suited to people with significant day to day responsibilities at home such as caring for others, children or parents, or other such requirements. Outpatient rehab works well for people who have only mild difficulties with drug or alcohol use or abuse and not those with more serious issues or very long term addiction.
Supervised cessation of use of prescription medication, narcotics or alcohol is a way to ensure that the client can reduce or cease using totally in a way that is safe to their health. Many users sometimes see this as a way to avoid the challenges of stopping altogether however our expert team of medical professionals are able to assess the need for this and ensure that it is recommended when appropriate.
The need for medical detox is usually governed by issues such as:
- How long a user has been using
- What sort of drug you are addicted to (alcohol, prescription or other narcotics)
- Is the client addicted to more than one type of drug
- What is the daily usage behavior prior to entering rehab (dosage, frequency of use)
When managed properly, detox can be a safe and sensible process to protect the health and safety of the user. If not managed properly for heavy long term users of certain substances, the risks can be high include serious injury or death.
The process of withdrawal
Withdrawal symptoms, whether mild or severe are common amongst addicts. These may vary from concentration problems, decreased appetite, fatigure runny nose, insomnia, sweating, headaches, nausea, cravings, irritability, through to more serious symptoms such as high fever, delirium tremors (in the case of alcohol), extreme depression, cramping, diarrhea, trembling or shaking, rapid heart rate, troubled breathing, seizures, stroke, hallucinations, heart attack, fitting or even death. The first stages of detox are the most risky and need careful expert supervision. For serious long term heavy users, simply quitting immediately without medical advice is dangerous and to be avoided.
What drugs are administered in a detox process
This varies for each user and is the detoxification approach is typically determined by an experienced Doctor. The assessment by a doctor will dictate the approach taken and the types of drugs used in helping a user reduce and get clean with pharmaceutical assistance.
Beginning rehab after detox
Once any medical detoxification process is complete (if it was required), the user may then begin the rehabilitation process with Bali Beginnings. This helps them not only adjust to living without drugs and alcohol but also to start to work on understanding the reasons for their issues, and building the mental and physical tools and approaches to live a life of sobriety and free from substance abuse.
Types of therapy we undertake:
One on one indvidual treatment
We work with clients to discuss and understand the triggers that cause them to use.
We analyse what any early life issues or stresses are and how they may have contributed or continue to contribute to their using.
We help people develop their interests outside their work life, and reconnect with past hobbies or in fact with totally new ones.
We discuss relapse prevention, and managing difficult situations and help people build plans and tactics to avoid or minimise the risk of relapse.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a critical tool in working with clients to build these mental and behavoiral strategies to help them manage their substance abuse and their lives.
Treatment in a group setting
An important part of our rehabilitation program includes group sessions with other cleints. Clients are given the chance to share their experience with others, and listen to the stories of others to develop an appreciation of how they relate to their own situation.
This helps people open up about issue in a safe non-judgemental environment with all involved share a common challenge helping build a sense of community within the group and an effective process for dealing with triggers to using.
Family treatment opportunities
Bali Beginnings offers the ability for up to 3 family members to visit the centre to meet with their loved one in a safe and open environment where they can discuss and share feelings, and understand the impact of their using and the feelings of the client and their family members with careful management of any conflict or issues that arise during these sessions. Often both an understanding of the pain of addiction arises through this process as well as demonstration of the love that family have, and their desire to see the client achieve a clean and happy life.
This process is critical to enable family to be a strong support for the addict when they leave the rehab centre to ensure they have a strong base of support in recovery.
Life after rehab
Bali Beginnings works with clients to checkin regularly and monitor their progress in recovery and sets up processes to ensure clients are both supported, but also monitored to ensure they are on track with their recovery journey. Lifelong support is important and living with the temptations that arise in day to day life are issues we help clients manage, and ensuring they are able to build a productive meaningful existence is vital. We implement follow up plans and checklists and support the client in their life post rehab.
12 step recovery groups
During treatment we introduce clients to groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and the support that participation in such groups can offer. We accompany clients to these meetings during their stay at times that work in with their other scheduled sessions in treatment.
While sharing openly about their issues in these sessions is not mandatory, we encourage clients to attend, listen and if comfortable to share about their own journey and challenges. We find most clients, after initial hesitation find Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups to be a fantastic support and a place to meet and socialise with others who are on their own recovery journey and facing similar challenges.
Want to find out more?
If you want to get more information, pricing, and details of availability of places in the Bali Beginnings Rehab Centre, contact us now and we’d be delighted to chat about your situation, or if appropriate to book in an assessment with you.
More about drug addiction
Addiction to Prescription or Illegal Drugs
Most people are confused or unsure as to the true reason people become hooked on Drugs. They believe a breakdown in will power or lack of morals are contributors to the problem. They live under the mistaken impression that a desire to stop is all that is required to quit taking narcotics. Actually, drug addiction is a complex disease, and recovery usually takes more than good intentions or strong willpower. Drugs change the brain in ways that make it difficult to stop, even for those who want to. Fortunately, research has shown that the affect on the brain from sustained drug abuse can be helped by drug rehabilitation treatment and the rehabilitation processes that give people an ability to lead a life drug free and achieve recovery from drug addiction allowing them to rejoin the community as productive members.
What is addiction to narcotics?
Drug addiction is a chronic disease characterized by behavior and drug use that is compulsive or difficult to control despite the negative outcomes that result. Most people begin the process of through social or voluntary experimentation or through taking routine medication prescribed by health professionals for the treatment of an illness. Regular use of a narcotic can change the way the brain responds and affects an individuals self-control and impede their ability to resist taking drugs. These brain changes may be persistent, so substance abuse is considered a “recurrent” disease – people recovering from drug use disorders are at greater risk of re-drug use, even after years of not taking medication .
It is common for a person to fall, but relapse does not mean that the treatment does not work. As with other chronic diseases, the drug rehabilitation process should be continuous and adjusted according to the patient’s response. Treatment plans should often be revised and modified to accommodate the changing needs of the patient, and choosing a drug rehab that matches the user’s needs is an important choice.
The affects on the brain of drug use?
Most drugs or medications can adjust the reward and pleasure centres of the brand through release of dopamine. This pleasure and reward system regulates a person’s ability to feel pleasure and creates motivation to continue or repeat the behavoir. This operates in a similar way to other activities such as eating and spending time with family members. Over-stimulation of the reward circuitry however results in an intensely pleasurable “high” that can make people take a medication over and over again.
As a person continues to use the drug, the brain adapts to excess dopamine by doing less and / or reducing the cells’ ability in the reward circuit to respond to it. This reduces the high level that the person feels compared to the high level they felt when taking medication – an effect known as tolerance. They could take more drugs, trying to get the same dose of dopamine. It can also make them laugh at other things they once enjoyed, such as food or social activities.
Long-term use also involves changes in other brain chemical systems and circuits, affecting functions including:
- decision making
Despite being aware of these harmful results, many people who use drugs continue to take, and as such, this is the nature of addiction. A 12 step recovery process pursued through a solid addiction treatment facility and provided by qualified drug addiction therapists is critical in helping get clean from drugs.
Why do some people become addicted to drugs while others do not?
No single factor can predict whether a person will become addicted to the drug. A combination of factors influences dependency risk. The higher the risk factors, the greater the likelihood of drug dependence. For example, the following factors affect addiction to prescription or illicit drugs:
The genes that people are born represent about half the risk of a person’s addiction. Gender, ethnicity and the presence of other mental disorders may also influence the risk of use and addiction.
A person’s environment is affected by many factors including relationships with friends and family, their financial situation, their daily activities and more. Factors affecting their mental health can include peer pressure, physical and sexual abuse, early exposure to medication, stress and counseling of parents. These can greatly affect the likelihood of a drug and dependence in a person.
Genetic and environmental factors can affect the critical stages of a person’s life and development which may affect the risk of dependency. The particular drug or medication the addict uses also affects the likelihood of becoming addicted. Although drug use at any age can lead to an ongoing problem, the earlier drug use begins, the more likely it is to progress toward addiction. This is particularly problematic for teens. Because areas in your brain that control decision-making, judgment, and self-control are still developing, teens may be particularly prone to risky behaviors, including trying drugs or medications.
Can substance abuse be cured or prevented?
As with most other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma or heart disease, pharmacological drug treatment is usually not a cure. However, drug addiction is treatable and can be managed successfully at a drug rehabilitation centre. People who recover from narcotics are at risk of relapse for years and perhaps for life. Research shows that combining anti-addiction medications with cognitive behavioral therapy offers the best chance of success for most patients. Addiction treatment approaches tailored to each patient’s drug use and tailored to their individual medical, mental, and social situation can lead to sustained recovery.
More good news is that drug use can be prevented. The results of research funded by NIDA have shown that prevention programs involving families, schools, communities and the media are effective in preventing or reducing drug use. Although personal events and cultural factors affect patterns of drug use, when young people consider drug use to be dangerous, they tend to decrease their drug use. Therefore, education and awareness are essential to help people understand the potential risks of drug use. Teachers, parents, and health care providers play a crucial role in youth education and substance abuse prevention and addiction.
Points to Remember
- Drug addiction is a system and often chronic disease which has been show through research to be compulsive or difficult to control despite the harmful outcomes for the user.
- Brain changes that occur over time with the use of drugs affect the self-control of a dependent person and hinder their ability to withstand intense cravings to take medication. This is also why it is a progressive disease.
- Relapse can occur and result in return to drug use after an attempted period of sobriety. Relapse indicates the need for additional or varied treatments. Dopamine release results from taking drugs and is a natural response from the body. This excessive stimulation of the reward parts of the brain results in an intensely pleasant “high” that causes people to take a medication over and over again.
- Over time, the brain adapts to excess dopamine, which reduces the high that the person feels causing them to increase the dosage in the attempt at recreating a high similar to what they first felt when taking the medication, an effect known as tolerance.
- No single factor can predict whether a person will become addicted to a drug. A combination of genetic, environmental and developmental factors influence the risk of dependence. The higher the risk factors, the greater the likelihood of drug dependence. Drug issues are treatable and can be managed successfully.
- Even more good news is that use and addiction can be prevented. Teachers, parents, and health care providers play a crucial role in youth education and substance abuse prevention.
Drugs and alcohol gave you wings, then they took away your sky. But as you know, getting help isn’t always easy. No matter how desperately you want to turn your life around, gaining access to drug rehabilitation and alcohol rehabilitation often requires assessment after assessment, waiting list after waiting list, closed door after closed door. Bali Beginnings gives you a way forward. Now. We offer an easily accessible, evidence-based drug-and-alcohol rehab program, far from your everyday stress and temptations. From our base in the tranquil heart of South East Asia, our team of dedicated clinical professionals will help you reclaim your sky.
Help For Loved Ones
If you are a family member or friend of a person suffering active addiction, you will know that their illness doesn’t just affect them. It affects you in ways you sometimes can’t even explain. The stress, worry, sadness and feelings of sheer hopelessness as you watch your loved one spiral out of control – with no way of reaching them or helping them, no matter how hard you try. The experience can be all-consuming. We can help.
Our drug and alcohol rehab service incorporates a two-week family component, beginning after your loved one’s initial 28-day recovery program. During this time, you will learn about addiction and recovery, and introduced to your own recovery program. We outline the program, below.
Our two therapeutic communities are located on the Indonesian East Coast, in the charming Balinese village of Sanur Kaja. Just a hop, skip and jump from stunning beaches, both facilities are set amongst peaceful rice paddies and lush green fields