The main purpose of Mudita is to help adolescents recover from substance abuse disorders with particular attention to relapse prevention. These objectives are achieved through a 12 week structured outpatient treatment programme delivered to a maximum of 15 youths per programme. The main objective of the programme is to keep at-risk children within the school system for as long as possible and to treat any substance use disorders on an outpatient basis at a local school premises.
The advantage of an outpatient treatment programme is that it gives learners the possibility to carry on with their lives and education whilst receiving formal treatment after hours.This significantly lowers the threshold for learners to seek help and also helps ensure that the learners do not miss out on school. Our presence at school premises furthermore ensures that the learners know where to find us, and gives us access to both the learners and their educators, which results in a high compliance to the programme and hence a possibly higher success rate than some other types of programmes. Throughout treatment, the underlying or primary reasons for the learner’s substance use problems are dealt with, whether it be loneliness, boredom, trauma and or other psycho-social problems. Many of the learners who present with SUDs have been, or are exposed to, daily traumas such as neglect, physical and sexual abuse or witnessing violence in their homes and communities.
The programme also assists the families and community members in understanding the nature of substance abuse disorders.
The Matrix Model ®
We only use researched best practice to achieve our goals and therefore make use of the widely recognize Matrix Model®.
The Matrix Model ® was developed by Richard Rawson, Jeanne Obert and Mickey McCann in 1984. Its goal was to address the stimulant epidemic in America and was born out of concern about providing effective forms of outpatient treatment.
The model has evolved over the years and has had several revisions, and has now become popular in many countries wishing to address the serious effects of substance abuse.
There is a Matrix Model ® for adults and also specifically for teens. The Mudita Foundation makes use of the Matrix Model ® for Teens:
Matrix provides adolescent substance abusers and their families with counseling and support services throughout the drug and alcohol recovery process.
Adolescents participate in an intensive 12-week program that includes education, peer support, and individual and family therapy. The program includes the development of new lifestyle skills and an introduction to 12-Step recovery groups. Family members participate in counseling groups to improve family communications and parenting techniques. Upon completion of the intensive program, adolescents continue in weekly support group meetings for an additional 36 weeks.
- Individual and Family Sessions
- Early Recovery Skills Group
- Relapse Prevention Groups
- Family Education Groups
- Social Support Groups
In keeping with the goals of the National Drug Master Plan, the Mudita Foudation endeavours to address the following areas using the Matrix Model ® :
- Motivation of the youth to refrain from abusing substances through a 12 week outpatient programme;
- Ensuring that beneficiaries have correct information on substance use
- Promoting a healthy lifestyle through awareness;
- Ensuring that young people have access to life skills and other programmes; and
- Empowering the youth to take charge of their destiny, for example through training young people as peer educators.