Methodological Point of Difference
- RADA adopts a holistic approach to renewal – using proactive education programmes to develop skills, behaviours and attitudes which shall lead to improved self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making, including reactive healing processes in caring for traumatised people.
- RADA offers a caring and comprehensive service under one roof, employing trained and skilled practitioners who use proven methods for renewal.
- RADA’s systems shall ensure efficient and secure processes with specific reference to the reporting of rape and abuse cases.
- RADA offers training and workshops to people in their care, assisting them in every way possible to realise their own worth and become self-empowered.
A valuable life
- At the core of RADA’s healing process is the principle that a healthy regard for the value of life is directly related to the degree of functionality of the life that person leads. If – for whatever reason – the value of life is lost to a person, that life will be dysfunctional.
- A dysfunctional life is often the result of a single or repeated traumatic experience – like rape and abuse. And more often than not, the abuse of drugs and alcohol is directly linked to recurring emotional issues that erode a person’s regard for the value of life over a period of time.
- Harmful social and domestic circumstances are factors that perpetuate the use of alcohol and drugs. Should a person be constantly exposed to violence, abuse, drugs and rape, it becomes the norm – a learnt behaviour, a terrible habit that erodes the value of life.
- Addiction and abuse is a systemic problem that eradicates the value of life and fuels a meaningless life – generation after generation.
The healing process
- The healing process begins with a safe environment that is nurturing and supportive. During this time, RADA works closely with the victim to reach a full understanding of what has taken place and with the addict to realise what has taken place with the self in order to have become addicted to begin with.
- In the case of an addict, RADA therapies focus on the emotional issues that have triggered the move towards addiction (childhood, teenage or adult experiences) and in the case of abuse and rape, RADA therapies nurture a victim’s sense of self and strength to see a future beyond the trauma. This is the first step in effective rehabilitation and healing.
- The second step is to work with victims and addicts to take full responsibility for themselves in all aspects – including the health of the self. RADA’s processes assist people in their care to see the purpose to living once again – to move from a state of despair and having no sight of a future to reconnecting with themselves, regaining self-respect, growing in self-confidence and recognising the possibility of a positive and functional future. Essentially, RADA teaches self-responsibility by awakening awareness in oneself and igniting the strength and power within.
Healthy, fulfilled, functional futures
RADA’s accelerated mental processes – based on proven psychology practices – are able to:
- locate emotional trigger points by connecting with deep-rooted issues,
- release the cellular memory related to where the trauma began and why the patterns of behaviour are repeated,
- free victims and abusers of repetitive self-sabotaging behaviour, the need to escape reality or the death wish that often follows a trauma.
It is an essential step for addicts to take responsibility for self, recognise the cause of their emotional attachment to addictive substances and not to shift blame to circumstance or history.
For victims of rape and abuse, an essential step is to recognise that, despite the trauma they have experienced, they can claim their lives back – not by taking responsibility for what has happened, but by taking responsibility for what lies ahead.
The primary objective of RADA’s methodology is to prepare people in their care to take back responsibility for themselves, and to recognise that every individual – no matter the extent of the damage or the trauma – has the inner-strength to redirect their futures.
RADA’s psychologists, social workers, therapists and caregivers work closely with each person’s own unique set of circumstances – political, historical, circumstantial – to locate their own source of strength and regain a healthy functional life.