218 pages. Includes bibliography. Regardless of how drug use may have begun, users disclose how all areas of their lives suffer wounds from addiction and that recovery entails healing the full spectrum of such effects. That understanding challenges narrow approaches to treatment and has spurred calls for more integrated models of addiction treatment that treat the whole person, the family, and one’s living environment.
Internationally, pioneering programs have begun this integration process. The articles and interviews in this book provide a model of such integration drawn from the work of Mr. Hossein Dezhakam and the Congress 60 recovery community in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Under Mr. Dezhakam’s leadership, Congress 60 has articulated a unique theoretical framework for understanding addiction (X Theory), pioneered a unique approach (DST method) of medication support during recovery initiation nested within a vibrant community of peer-based recovery support. Congress 60’s approach to addiction treatment addresses a broad spectrum of physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of the tens of thousands of individuals and families that make up this recovery community. Within this model, one finds a unique approach to restoring normal physical functioning of the addicted individual at the same time he or she is involved in a dramatic reconstruction of personal identity and daily lifestyle. Also of note are quite remarkable achievements in the integration of smoking cessation, nutrition, exercise and athletic competition, the arts and music, and acts of community service into the very heart of addiction treatment. Readers seeking to build a recovery community organization will also be interested in Congress 60’s innovations in the screening, training, testing, certification, and supervision of peer recovery mentors.