The treatment at ARKEN is based on a holistic view of the human being. The drug addiction has often given the women consequences in many areas; fysically, psychologically, social and spiritually. Our experience is that women seek ARKEN when life becomes unmanageable in one or more areas. We try to motivate to change through an understanding of the problem, a proposed solution, decisionmaking tools and action.
When dependency has been established, it has its own driveforce and has become primary. Recognizing one's own dependency provides a basis for being able to work with different areas in life that have resulted in crisis. Knowledge gives understanding and insight. The female communion contributes to reciprocal benefit and support in confronting one's own life.
With the assistance of Alcoholics Anonomous's (AA) 12 steps and selfhelp groups, we show a road to recovery. Help to selfhelp is an important principle for ARKEN. Through this they share experiences, strenght and hope.
Knowledge of her own behavior and knowledge of new patterns for action make the women capable of observing what choices she faces and makes her able to make decisions in her own life.
For change to happen, and for accomplishing a drugfree life, she needs to act. The women must learn to recognize her own patterns of action and the consequences of these. The ability to act in new ways gives results.
It is the woman herself who must own and understand her problem. She must take responsibility for her own life, her own actions and make changes big enough for her to be able to live without drugs and choose a better life. In this also lies a trust and conviction that she herself can create a worthy life. Respect for her choices (also if she should choose another path), hope and faith in a new life is essential.