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Psychological rehabilitation of military personnel

" Sometimes a person thinks,  

that war does not leave indelible marks on him,

but if he really is human

it only seems to him ... ".

Konstantin Simonov

For the absolute majority of combatants, their participation in the war in Ukraine remains the main event of their entire biography until the end of their lives.

The past military experience changes a person's personality so much that upon returning to a peaceful life he will never be the same again. A person finds himself in a state of conflict with the surrounding society, which does not understand or accept him. Often in such a situation of “non-acceptance” there is disappointment in the values ​​for which a person fought, because the value scale itself and “the system of priorities for him and the post-war society do not coincide.

In real life, "lost generation" means, firstly, a painful reaction of the human psyche to the traumatic phenomena of war, as a rule, it manifests itself in a delayed manner, already in a peaceful environment, and has a long-term character; secondly, the participants in the war, when they return to a peaceful life, are socially maladjusted, this is accompanied by a whole complex of socio-psychological phenomena.

Among them:

  • Nostalgia for the front-line past, an irresistible desire to mentally return to it, again and again reproducing old feelings and experiences;
  • Increased propensity to take risks, the desire to really reproduce the extreme conditions of war or similar dangerous situations in peaceful life (attraction to dangerous professions, the desire to participate in other armed conflicts, conflicts in family life, etc.);
  • Feeling rejected or separated from the environment, to one degree or another, others reject front-line soldiers as something alien, causing imbalance, rejection and even fear;
  • A sense of front-line brotherhood, a kind of community between the participants of not only one, but even different wars - as opposed to all the others.

Psychological rehabilitation of ATO participants

The "lost generation" phenomenon is generated mainly by unjust wars for an "incomprehensible" cause, which are not accepted by society, and even more so by lost wars, when feelings of national humiliation give rise to a guilt complex or revenge syndrome. However, the manifestation of this phenomenon takes place after victorious and just wars.

Particularly important, rather even decisive, is the attitude of society itself towards veterans after their return from the war zone. This concerns both the presence or absence of special programs of state support and adaptation of veterans to a peaceful life, social security systems, etc., as well as the attitude towards them in society at the level of "ordinary psychology", in which the perception of the military can vary from "heroes" to "criminals" and "villains".

The heroic image in the mass consciousness does not last long, and in order to preserve it, a whole system of targeted measures is needed to maintain "historical memory". The "inconvenience" of military veterans for a peaceful social environment manifests itself very quickly, and can result in intolerance towards them, which manifests itself, including in social forms (infringement in various spheres of life: recruitment, provision of benefits prescribed by law, and etc.). If society realizes the unjust nature of the war and, moreover, the defeat in it, it usually shifts the blame for this onto the veterans, and the degree of negative attitude towards them increases.

Let us compare, for example, two official phrases with which the bureaucratic structures after the Great Patriotic War and the Afghan War brushed aside the needs of veterans. In the first case, it was said: “So what if you fought? Everybody fought! ", And in the second:" I didn't send you there! " At the same time, the first formulation is an attempt to "adhere" to participation in a nationwide and victorious war and at the same time belittle the role of the interlocutor in it, and the second clearly expresses the desire to "disown" the war as unpopular, while making its participant the guilty party. / p>

The extreme conditions of the war leave an imprint on the consciousness and, accordingly, the behavior of people who took a direct part in the hostilities in Ukraine, and are reflected in their entire subsequent life. And among these people there will always inevitably be those who can be attributed to the “lost generation” and who themselves feel that they belong to it.

In our RC "Transformation" we help combatants to overcome alcoholic or drug addiction, which was a means of oblivion from the unceasing pain, social alienation and a whole range of feelings that former front-line soldiers are trying to fight.

We know that, on the one hand, you have an irresistible need to "plunge" back into the past, into a military situation; on the other hand, you feel the deepest sense of guilt of the survivor before the dead comrades; and thirdly, the need to "speak out", throwing out his never-ending pain outside and at the same time delivering his personal truth about the war to others. RC "Transformation" is the place where you will be understood and you will be heard.

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PTSD or PTSD is a normal mental response to abnormal circumstances, just as pain is a normal response to bodily injury. It goes away with time. This is a consequence of the poisoning of the body with stress hormones, as well as overstrain of the entire nervous system and psychological defense mechanisms. This means that helping people suffering from PTSD primarily consists of relieving stress (as much as possible), creating conditions for restoring contact with the body and weakening defenses.

A person experiencing PTSD often thinks that something is wrong with him, that he is abnormal. This makes you hide your condition, feel ashamed of it, makes it difficult to ask for help, and often leads to severe mental disorders such as alcoholism and drug addiction.

The following signs of PTSD are distinguished

  • sleep disorder, recurring nightmares and involuntary memories, impaired appetite;
  • violation of contact with personal primary needs, you do not remember the last time you ate, slept, do not notice injuries, cold, dirt;
  • constant vigilance and a state of constant expectation of a threat, a feeling of tension, the body does not relax even in sleep;
  • repetitive and obsessive reproduction of a traumatic event in your mind, pictures of the experience, against your will, "flash" in your mind;
  • excessive irritability, irascibility, intolerance to the slightest difficulty, disagreement;
  • bouts of guilt, constant scrolling in the head of options for what could be done to save the dead;
  • difficult to control bouts of uncontrollable anger or despair;
  • depression, apathy, dullness, desire to forget, unwillingness to live.

In severe cases, psychotic episodes may occur, with a loss of adequate perception of reality. The stress experienced by the patient is often extremely intense and sometimes even prompts suicidal thoughts in order to end the attack.

If you observe some or all of the above signs in yourself or your loved one, take it carefully. This condition is not only painful for you and those around you, but it is extremely dangerous for your health and for the situation as a whole. Do not tolerate and do not ignore the problem, contact our rehabilitation center "Transformation" for help.

Family support

How can you take care of yourself or your loved one:

  • Take care: feed, persuade to rest, get enough sleep. It is necessary to satisfy the basic need for warmth, hot food, drink, bed, clothes, bathroom.
  • Maintain tactile contact: hold hand, hug, stroke, be close, but do not bother.
  • Be in nature more often: sit in the sun, look at the water, at the fire, at the sky, smell the grass, earth, touch the tree, stone.
  • Do simple, familiar activities with concrete, clear results aimed at "tidying up, restoring communication, taking care of yourself and others", for example: cleaning, working on the ground, doing housework , parsing or sorting something.
  • Participate in rituals, especially joint rituals, farewell to the dead, commemoration, creation of memorial signs, and joint prayers.
  • Do not be silent, do not restrain your feelings: cry if you want, write down your feelings on paper, talk, complain, tell about your experience to those who are ready to listen to you, and, accordingly, listen if someone shares with you. In no case do not go straight to consolations and do not urge "do not get upset, pull yourself together", do not freeze grief with formulas like "heroes do not die." They die, it hurts, and the pain must have a way out.
  • If right now there is no opportunity to speak, cry, receive support, it is better, on the contrary, to consciously block memories and thoughts about the experience, not to allow yourself to be "pulled" into the trauma funnel, to be distracted, to switch, do something, sing, pray - but later give vent to feelings, as soon as there are conditions for support, loved ones are there.
  • Be extremely careful with such "sedatives" as alcohol, often small doses taken once, which previously helped to relax, lead to severe alcohol dependence. Alcohol is a depressant, it drains an already depleted psyche, and with regular use worsens the course of PTSD syndrome.

Often fighters do not turn to us for help themselves, instead they stay at home and go into binge drinking. If all of the above measures did not have the desired effect, if your loved one was in captivity of addiction, seek help from the psychologists of the Transformation RC. We will be happy to help you or your loved one recover and make peace with yourself and others.

After rehabilitation, the participants in the rehabilitation program clear up their consciousness, rebuild their psyche, and an uplift of spirit is observed. Rehabilitation after ATO is necessary for all fighters, at least the minimum - 1 month.

The more a person has fought, the more PTSD is expressed. The syndrome begins to manifest itself 3 months after the hostilities. Many ATO participants are asked to send them to psychological rehabilitation. They fear that after what they have experienced in the Donbass they may turn into bandits. Often, a psychotherapist is the only person with whom children can share their condition. Maybe also a priest. The clergy also visit the rehabilitation center and help to recover mentally and morally. We run free self-help groups for family members of an addict.

Our statistics for the last 10 years
12856 people applied for rehabilitation services
339 a person with remission for more than 5 years
1200 people are currently undergoing a course of rehabilitation and resocialization
440 people created families
7856 people have successfully completed the course
137 children were born our graduates
1067 people have remission from 1 to 3 years
more than 250 qualified personnel
594 human remission from 3 years to 5 years
and also 4 rehabilitation center abroad
Our team

We are here so that you have the opportunity to undergo an individualized rehabilitation program that will help you change your life and recover. Our main goal is to help you get treatment, and then return to the real world, return to work, to your family and return to real life! Our team consists of more than 250 qualified personnel: 200 trainers-consultants and rehabilitation therapists, about 50 psychologists and psychotherapists.

Sergey Makarov
Coordinator of the International Anti-Drug Association in Ukraine

Sergey is grateful that he has the opportunity to help addicts find a suitable rehabilitation program. For many families, he is the first person they contact.

Sergey Tykva

While working as a psychiatrist, Sergei Pavlovich was faced with the fact that drugs alone are not enough to improve the patient's condition, he saw that sometimes a conversation with a patient brings a greater effect than drug therapy.

Alexander Shulyak
Co-addict group coordinator, psychotherapist

Educational teacher, completed a series of trainings with the chief addiction specialist, psychotherapist

Plohih Vitaly
Psychiatrist, psychotherapist, psychotraumatologist

Shmagailo Alexey Vasilievich
Doctor-anesthesiologist of the highest category.

Practicing physician since 2002.

Olga Gritsenko
Psychologist, art therapist

Specialist of projective techniques in the rehabilitation of addicts, work with MAC (metaphorical associative cards)

Gurtovoy Ivan
Psychologist, psychotherapist. Business trainer.

Founder and Head of the Center for Development and Health "Feel-in"

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Recovery stories
Anna, 25
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Friends, hello everyone! I want to say a big thank you to the "Transformation" rehabilitation center for everything! For family for friends! For a sober life! For the opportunity to live and give life to other people!
Igor, 25
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Hello everyone. He started using drugs by injection at 15, alcohol and grass were even earlier. During the time of use, problems with the police, health and the loss of all relationships with people close to me became the norm. In the last 2-3 years, the meaning of life was lost, I was deeply depressed with suicidal thoughts. 4.5 years ago I applied to the "Transformation" rehabilitation center, where I successfully underwent rehabilitation and at the moment I am in stable remission. I am grateful to all the staff of the "Transformation" rehabilitation center for their help !!!!
Sergey, 33
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I am from the Luhansk region, at the moment I have been in complete sobriety for 4 years. Before the rehabilitation center "Transformation" I did not even dream of the life I have now: my beloved wife, work, sober friends, wonderful relationships with relatives, etc. For 11 years I have been using alcohol and drugs, have lost the meaning of life and have tried all possible treatments that have not worked. I am grateful that the rehabilitation center "Transformation" provided me with qualified assistance and helped me to believe in myself.
Alexey, 30
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My name is Aleksey. I am 30 years old and I am an addict. At the moment I am in stable remission thanks to the "Transformation" rehabilitation center for 5 years. I entered the program at the age of 25. I have been using drugs and alcohol since I was 12. From the age of 20 I realized that I had problems, and probably the most difficult time began when I unsuccessfully tried to quit, for 5 years there were many addiction treatments, it is difficult to say the exact number of exactly more than ten. There were fortune-tellers)) encodings, I left for other cities, got married, had children in the hope that it would settle me down, but everything only got worse, more and more people were suffering around me, and I myself was in a terrible state - desperate, embittered, lost every taste for life is a "man" (if I could already be called that). Yes, and I came here to the center without much enthusiasm, I did not believe that something could help me, I came for my loved ones. Completed a rehabilitation course. Now I am happy and clean, I want to shout about this to the whole world, so that every addict can find sobriety. And more recently I got married! I have a wonderful wife, we understand each other ... and this is just the beginning))) !!!!!
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Hello everybody. I have been in trouble since 93 and have been using everything. The last seven years have been a dense heroin system. Nothing helped, neither detoxification, nor grandmothers, nor sorcerers. At the next detoxification in narcology, he met with an employee of the rehabilitation center "Transformation" Sergey Makarov and decided to undergo rehabilitation. I am very grateful to him and the entire organization of the city of Dnepropetrovsk, thanks to God and you, I have remained in sobriety for 3 years.
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Hello friends! I want to share my story and tell you about how the "Transformation" rehabilitation center together with my parents helped me change my life !!!! On April 27, 2011, I arrived in Kiev at the center, after almost continuous 13-year use of drugs, alcohol, etc. I was exhausted, life lost all meaning, there was no desire to live like this ... But by some miracle I learned from my friend's mother about the rehabilitation center "Transformation" ... She told her parents, otherwise she said that I would die. no conditions or manipulations just the last 7 months, desomorphine, or the train is simply unbearable. A small child and a husband stopped, but I decided for the sake of my daughter, let her have at least one good mother. The husband also used and tried to send him to the center too, but he was convinced that he could quit himself and did not need anyone. We couldn't throw together. The first step has been taken. But it was not without falls .... On 4 months of rehabilitation, dad took me home, said that enough, you need to bring up my daughter. I arrived, but in less than a week I found myself back in this swamp. Husband, former friends, as if in a fog and everything spun with even greater force. It was very hard, I could not understand why ???? After all, there are guys who want to help and they do not understand in every possible way trying to leave, run away, by hook or by crook. But I wanted and I liked it at the center - the attitude, communication, unity, and the fact that no one uses, I thought that it was impossible to live like this and that "only the grave will fix the hunchback." The second time I went to Voronezh, to my region, went through rehabilitation until the end, went to school in Ukraine, and from there to St. Petersburg. During this time, she became a widow, almost deprived of parental rights, but a strong desire to be sober, it motivated to go forward. I stayed in St. Petersburg. Profile resocialization for girls was opened. Training in a fitness club is just a dream. She successfully underwent re-socialization, got a new interesting profession, which is very harmoniously combined with my healthy lifestyle - a circuit training instructor, and, at the same time, gained experience and the ability to communicate like a professional who knows his job perfectly. Later she became the head, together with the team of the fitness club, 38 graduates were released. Happy confident girls. In one of the therapy camps I met my husband. We built our relationship at a distance of 2000 kilometers. On July 19, 2014, the wedding took place. Now I am a happy wife and mother. A wonderful husband and a beautiful daughter - this is real female happiness !!!!! Many thanks to everyone who took part in my recovery. Thank you to your family for your support. Thank you to the rehabilitation center "Transformation" for a sober look into a new life !!!!!!!!
Sergey, 32
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I have been using drugs for 15 years. I will not tell the story, because I am already very far from that life and I do not want to delve into it. When I got to the "Transformation" rehabilitation center, I changed so much that I can't find words to describe it. Here life stopped, I saw it, I saw myself in it, my mistakes, here the dirt that was in me was revealed, but I did not see it. During rehabilitation, I was given information about the disease of drug addiction. They gave keys that helped me change myself, change my thinking. I learned to dream, set goals, achieve them, develop myself. I saw my life from a completely different angle. I believed in myself, in my sober life, in happiness. I know that I will succeed ... I have a long and happy life ahead of me. Now I am going through IT-re-socialization ... I got the necessary knowledge on the repair and maintenance of PCs, local area networks, site building. In two weeks, I finish my studies and go to work. EVERYTHING IS A NEW SOLE LIFE. Good luck to all …. P.S. …. And EVERYTHING is also possible in this life. Thanks to the rehabilitation center "Transformation".
Terekhova Anna
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I don't like to think about it, but what happened was it!) I used drugs for 12 years, there were breaks, but I never stayed sober for a long time, from drugs to alcohol, from alcohol to drugs! During the period of use, I lost everything! She started using drugs at about 22 years old, it all started beautifully, easy and fun. At that time I studied at the institute, worked, had a friend with whom I lived in a "civil marriage", at that time I considered it the only form of living with a man, there could be no question of marriage, why do we need obligations, responsibility? The priority was mainly financial, earning money, walking, living for your own pleasure! The drug was at that time a simple entertainment! I came to my senses three years later, when I realized that I could not even get out of bed without using heroin! I tried to quit, it didn't work! I grew up without a father, with my stepfather and mother, my father lived in another city, was a successful businessman and always offered to go to him, work and continue my studies, this time I took advantage of the invitation, it was the illusion that I could escape from the drug. I will work with my dad in the office, study normally and forget about the use) of course this did not happen! Of course I found a thrill, I deceived my father for a long time, sometimes I worked, sometimes I didn't ... I met a drug addict like myself and without a twinge of conscience went to live with him, I even stopped seeing my father! After a year of recovery in the rehabilitation center "Transformation" I plucked up courage, I wanted to go to ask my dad for forgiveness and found out that he died even then, at the time when I exchanged Him for a drug! With my "civilian" husband, we stopped using for a long time, started again ... Until, during the next, so to speak, remission, he injected himself and drowned, but I, heartbroken, began to use again, believing that there was a reason! I returned to my city and again from drug to alcohol, from alcohol to drug, my mother found out that I was a drug addict, but she could not help me, she just did not know how! The last three years of my use have been a real nightmare !! I dropped out of college. I was already known everywhere: ordinary operatives who catch drug addicts at points, I became one of the regular customers, police officers, because I began to steal and get caught with stolen goods, the FSKN dreamed of putting me in jail faster ... From morning to evening I stole, sold, bought drugs! I went to narcology many times ... My next boyfriend left narcology before me and died of an overdose! The doctor didn't take me to addiction treatment anymore, she said it was useless! Mom put me in another clinic, she tried to help me to the last, thanks to her too, I'm alive now! The doctor suggested the Transformation rehabilitation center, said that there were results, she saw her patients sober and happy. I went to rehab, it was not easy! The first months I was constantly going home, it was hard to quit smoking and change values ​​and priorities: finances, high, selfishness. Today I am getting a second higher education, doing what I love, I have a permanent job that brings joy not only to me, but also to others people who have lost hope that their lives can change for the better! For the first time I officially got married, I love my husband, I took upon myself the responsibility to be a faithful and loving wife to one man for the rest of my life! Thanks to the spiritual and moral principles that are laid down for rehabilitation, long-term work with specialists on personal change, I have entered civil society with dignity and with great pleasure I live and work, I abide by the Law! I love my homeland and people! Thank God and the people who helped me understand what it means to live with dignity!

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