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Accompanying graduates

The drug addiction treatment program or alcoholism   lasts only for a few months, at this time, the patient is working hard on himself, gaining the necessary knowledge about addiction and acquiring the necessary skills that he can apply throughout his life in the struggle for sobriety. But sooner or later a person finishes the program and returns to normal life in society. The addicted person continues to work on himself and this is a life-long process, but one way or another busy days in the rehabilitation center are coming to an end. An already changed personality finds itself in an old, familiar environment and, at first, it is difficult for him to replace pop-up memories with new goals. The following 7 steps will help make the transition to a new sober life less painful.

1. Find sober friends

As you know, often dependence is formed under the influence of the negative influence of others. Several studies published in the Journal of Counseling and Clinical Psychology clearly demonstrate that peer pressure is a strong motivator to start using alcohol and drugs. Thus, people who spend time with friends who use drugs are more likely to try them compared to people who spend time with sober friends. Thus, it is much more difficult for a person who continues to communicate, goes to parties, celebrates something together, goes to visit and somehow communicates with drunk friends after undergoing a rehabilitation program, since he is constantly tempted to use again. Friendship with sober people is an essential factor in maintaining your own sobriety. Sober people will want to have fun without using substances. Thus, the desire to use again surrounded by sober people is reduced to nothing.

2. Assess your surroundings. If you think you need to move to another place to stay sober, do so immediately

For some people, the old place of residence is inextricably linked to persistent memories of use. They can live in a place where every day they walk past a drug dealer, past the usual cafes, bars, street corners and parks, at the sight of which immediately the memories of alcohol or drug intoxication pop up. These memories can serve as a powerful trigger for an irresistible urge to re-use, which is impossible for some to overcome. For other people, their own home can become such an unsafe place. For example, a study in the journal Drug Abuse proves that women who used intravenous drugs often lived with someone who was currently or previously using drugs. When such a person undergoes rehabilitation, he needs to return to a house full of drugs, so a breakdown is not far off.

Moving to another area or even a city can help get rid of unnecessary associations and open up new opportunities for a person. You need to find a place and such an area where you will feel safe, the new environment will be so different that it can affect the fact that you will not remember the old. If it's unsafe to stay where you used to live, or if it's too difficult for you to live under the burden of memories at the sight of familiar places, you may need to seriously consider moving.

3. Take the Resocialization Program

Our rehabilitation program is structured in such a way that a person receives treatment and, step by step, it becomes less intense, until the patient can remain sober on his own, without outside interference. The third integral stage in getting rid of addiction is resocialization, or adaptation in society, surrounded by sober people who have also gone through a rehabilitation program. During this time, recovering patients live in rented apartments or houses, participate in therapeutic support groups "at home" and at any time have the opportunity to speak personally with a counselor. At the stage of resocialization, a person learns responsibility and care for himself, others and finances. Patients walk, have fun, go shopping, cook, clean in groups of several, so the person is never alone. The issuance of finance is also strictly accountable. Thus, despite the fact that the rehabilitation in a closed hospital is formally completed, clients continue to be under the supervision of a psychotherapist, learning to live a sober life in an open hospital surrounded by sober people.

Life can get busy and demand a lot from you, but we do not recommend skipping the post-program maintenance or "resocialization" phase. Work on oneself must continue and every day of the resocialization program must be perceived as necessary to maintain sobriety in the future.

4. Focus on mental health

Returning to normal life can be stressful and agitated, especially if a person is experiencing strong cravings for drugs or alcohol, in such a situation it is easy to start focusing on the negative. Sadness can gradually consume a person until a relapse occurs. In order to avoid this, you need to find time in every day to do something that will give you a charge of positive emotions, something good. For example, some time in the morning meditation can help dispel the clouds of anxiety and give you the peace you need to get through the rest of your day.

The positive impact of playing sports should also not be underestimated. While researchers have not yet fully explored the relationship between physical and mental health, some clinical studies suggest that if a person exercises regularly, they are less prone to depression and all sorts of mental disorders. Walking the dog, swimming in the pool, exercising in the gym or just jogging in the morning will help improve your mood, provide you with a boost of energy, vigor and make you feel healthier.

5. Find an AN or AA group   in your city

Our rehabilitation program involves regular communication of psychotherapists and sponsors with alumni and participation of the latter in support groups. You can also visit groups of Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous in your city, in such groups addicts feel that they are not alone and receive the necessary support in order to achieve and remain sober. Once the rehab program is over, it is tempting to skip these meetings and instead just talk to family members or friends in an informal setting. But you need to understand that regular conversations cannot replace visiting specialized support groups.

In support groups, people continue to learn more about their addiction and join the circle of people who have also managed to cope with the problems associated with their own addictions. They are surrounded and can talk to people who are united by one goal - sobriety. Such meetings are very inspiring, the addict can share with them what family members may simply not understand. In other words, meetings simply cannot be missed. They are a necessary part of the healing process.

6. Help someone else

In rehabilitation, most of the time is devoted to learning what needs to be done to stay sober on your own, but research shows that helping someone else is essential for the process of your own recovery. For example, a study in the journal Addiction found that recovering alcoholics who help others achieve sobriety are less likely to return to drinking. Helping others, according to the principle of “equal to equal”, two people share similar experiences, thus an already sober person reminds himself of what it cost to achieve sobriety. Thus, minor daily worries disappear and this contributes to the fact that a person tries even more to establish himself in the principles that he has learned during rehabilitation. This principle is practiced at the stage of resocialization and later, when graduates with a long period of sobriety, who have already completed the program, help by their example to recover “recruits” with a shorter period of sobriety, support them in their recovery by telephone and establish friendly and trusting relationships. Where "your" is always ready to listen and help "his".

When a person gives a part of himself to another and does a good deed, he feels happy and fulfilled, this is the feeling that a person needs in order to establish himself in sobriety when he has already completed the rehabilitation program.

7. Watch out for signs of impending breakdown

According to WHO, addiction is a chronic disease, as a result, 40-60% of addicted people break down after undergoing rehabilitation at least once. However, this does not mean that the treatment is ineffective, it means that addicted people need to make efforts to change their lives for the better and be on the alert so that the problem does not come back with renewed vigor. First, they need to recognize an impending breakdown. For some, it is a feeling of sadness and loss. For others, it can be a feeling of happiness and invincibility. These thoughts swirl more and more into a whirlpool until a relapse occurs. Isolating and catching the wrong thought is the key to preventing an impending breakdown. When such thoughts arise, the person needs to visit a therapy group, meet with a person who has been sober for a long time, or otherwise stop this cycle.

Friends and family can help as well, as they can also recognize when a breakdown is coming or know how it usually starts. They cannot be expected to intervene and prevent a relapse, but they can tell the addict about it or voice their concerns when they feel they are coming, which can encourage the addict to seek support in the right place.

At Transformation, we know that patient follow-up is instrumental for long-term success. We help our clients develop a robust disruption prevention plan and maintain relationships with clients through peer support groups, personal counseling, and more. If you would like to learn more about our approach to accompanying graduates, please call us.

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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