Services

Ageing Rehabilitation and Geriatric Care Program (ARGC)

 

We make society aware of the concern of the aged and promote better understanding of aging issues. ARGC is SMCT’s project. It is a 10 bed unit with proper arrangements. We help the elderly become aware of their own rights, so that they get the due and are able to play an active role in society to provide healthy livings. Our Mission is to help people maintain and improve their health; to work with them to promote healthy aging, to minimize the effects of injury and disease, and to restore through rehabilitation those with a disability. Our goal is to blend research from different disciplines to better understand improvement of care for our aging population, impact of physical activity on aging, rehabilitation for disabling conditions, both acute and chronic, and the treatment of progressive diseases. There are number of problems which can be associated with old age people. Dementia is not a single disease, but a non-specific syndrome affected cognitive areas can be memory, attention, language, and problem solving. Normally, symptoms must be present for at least six months to support a diagnosis. Although dementia is far more common in the geriatric population (about 5% of those over 65 are said to be involved. It can occur before the age of 65, in which case it is termed “early onset dementia”. Delirium It is a syndrome that presents as severe confusion and disorientation, developing with relatively rapid onset and fluctuating in intensity. It is a syndrome which occurs more frequently in people in their later years. Delirium represents an organically caused decline from a previously-attained baseline level of cognitive function. Delirium itself is not a disease, but rather a clinical syndrome  which result from an underlying disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Although Alzheimer’s disease develops differently for every individual, there are many common symptoms. In the early stages, the most common symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events. When AD is suspected, the diagnosis is usually confirmed with tests that evaluate behavior and abilities as the disease advances, symptoms can include confusion, irritability, aggression, mood swings, trouble with language, and long-term memory loss. Parkinson’s disease a paralytic syndrome. The primary symptoms are a rapid coarse tremor, masklike facial expressions, loss of sensory motor coordination, loss of the ability to initiate actions etc. Personality Changes, The chief change is towards introversion, and, as the circle of the friends diminishes, so does the interest in current affairs. Soon the inner world becomes richer than the outer. Habits and routines prevail, as the difficulties in learning new ideas and skills lead to a resistance to changing beliefs and opinions. There is often preoccupation with bodily functions, especially the bowels, which may lead to hypochondriasis. SMCT team including, doctor, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, psychologist and psychiatrist is there to deal with these issues appropriately.

 

Education and Research facilities for the Research Scholars

 

The research cell of SMCT is keenly interested to provide quality education, proficiency in research methods and to enable research scholars to apply their knowledge and skills in their professional and personal lives.

 

Objectives

 

  • To provide excellent education by conducting lectures, seminars workshops, internships and short courses in the field of Substance Related-Disorders and Geriatric care.
  • To train and prepare graduates students for careers in substance addiction and scientifically based professional practice.
  • To assists students in cultivating skills and knowledge necessary for success in endeavors after completion of the degree.
  • To develop the students generic skills in research methods, statistics and critical thinking this will allow them to evaluate future trends in the field of substance addiction and geriatric care.
  • To provide didactic instruction and supervised training in the practice of Clinical Psychology, Counseling, psychological assessment and intervention.
  • To encourage appreciation of diversity across content areas of science and practice.
  • To prepare each student to make ethically and legally informed decisions about clinical, counseling, psychometrics, research and other professional issues.
  • To foster identification with profession of clinical psychology, counseling psychology and psychological assessment, participation in professional communities, and active professional service.
  • To foster collegial and appropriate professional relationships.

 

Networking

 

In consonance with the policy and especial stress on participatory approach, SMCT has developed its networking program. It has a membership status with UNODC, Non-Governmental Organizations and Rehabilitation Centers, Government Departments like Anti Narcotic Force (ANF), and Social Welfare department.

 

Organizational Structure

 

SMCT has a network of organizational structure. Its head office is located at I-8 Markaz, Islamabad Pakistan and a regional office is located at I-8/4 Islamabad.

 

Mode of Admission

 

Advertisement through electronic and print medias, General Hospitals, Internet, Pamphlets, Broachers and Recovering Patients or their families.

 

Treatment Methodology

 

Treatment for substance addiction generally requires professional help to overcome the fixed habits and behavior patterns of addiction.  Begin with a therapist and explore the addiction treatment options for your unique needs.

 

  • Drug and alcohol addiction affect not only the youth, but all who love them. Our residential treatment program offers a supportive environment in which teenagers and their families can acquire the knowledge and skills needed to overcome the cycle of drug and alcohol addiction. The daily schedule designed to treat the young person: physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually.
  • SMCT invented modern addiction treatment. Our success is based on years of research and studying what works. We treat each person with dignity and respect, while providing a safe place in which to heal. For more than 04 years, SMCT has helped hundreds of patients get a fresh start on life free from alcohol or other drugs. Our structured yet nurturing environment provides developmentally appropriate treatment while encouraging personal growth and responsibility in recovery.
  • Mistakes and regrettable behavior go hand in hand while in the middle of an addiction.  Often, the seeking of our preferred substance or addictive behavior (gambling, sex, food, etc) has been our chief objective. An important component of recovery involves learning how to be a better friend to ourselves.  We need to develop a positive regard for our unique self that is realistic and recognizes our own value regardless of how we look, perform or how others feel about us.
  • The person suffering from drug addiction or alcoholism can be disengaged from their emotional state to avoid dealing with uncomfortable feelings.  Learning to tolerate uncomfortable feelings is crucial to long term recovery from addiction.
  • It may be helpful to stay away from former places where you used to practice your addiction, such as bars, parties, etc.  Give yourself time to develop a deep and lasting commitment to recovery behaviors before placing yourself in situations that may cause you to crave your addictive substance or behavior.
  • Denial is a hallmark of addiction. The belief that “I am not that bad, I will quite tomorrow, etc” characterizes the mindset of a practicing alcoholic or addict.  This denial and associate defenses must be confronted and shattered.  Acceptance that you are not able to tolerate ingestion of this substance or engaging in a specific addictive behavior is an important daily step.

 

Advocacy

 

SMCT for public advocacy works hard to fight the stigma of addiction and to promote the promise and possibility of recovery. Our effort will be to focus on defining and advancing policy and legislation that will help people with the disease of addiction by providing them access to finding more easily treatment clinics and recovery support. We also encourage people to speak out and tell their own stories to offer hope to others.

 

Prevention

 

SMCT has comprehensive resources  including research, pamphlets, social media, Walks and more on various prevention topics to help you prevent and detect the signs of risky behavior. These materials can better equip you to provide guidance from drug addicts. SMCT shares resources and educates the community on the disease of addiction. Our experts participate in events around the country to share best practices and provide meaningful advice to both professionals and community members.

 

Mental Health Services

 

SMCT mental health services offer a broad continuum of professional services designed exclusively to meet the unique emotional and mental health needs of individuals in recovery from alcohol, drugs and related diseases and their families. Mental health services are provided for clients in SMCT residential programs as well as for the general community on an outpatient basis. SMCT mental health staff provides professional assessments as well as consultative and treatment services for recovering from addiction. Built on the experience of a holistic approach to care for years, our services insure that clients receive high quality, professional mental health and counseling services consistent with Twelve Step principles. Our recovery-sensitive mental health services are designed to meet the unique needs of youth and adults in recovery from substance addiction and co-occurring disorders.

 

Future Prospects

 

  • Drug Free Culture through establishing more Rehabilitation Centers.
  • Integration between the Physical and Mental Health Providing Facilities, Correctional Centers, Social Welfare Agencies, Schools/Colleges, Universities, ANF and UNODC by sharing the data base and Research facilities.
  • Registration and proper documentations of the patients and their families.
  • Financial, Medical and Legal support for the patients and their families.
  • Establishing support groups for the sensitivity of the cause and helping the Government into policy making.