When a drug addict enters the Sadaqat Clinic, the initial meetings he or she has with his or her family are called a touch and go meeting. What is the purpose of the Touch and Go meeting?
How is this meeting what is expected of a family? How does the patient improve day by day? What does the family do to establish its writ? These are the important questions that come to mind, let us tell you how these meetings yield positive results. According to the constitution, there are about 12 touch-and-go meetings in the first two weeks. It takes some time to prepare for each meeting. Because these meetings take place during symptomatic relapse, families need some early training. This training usually begins before the patient is admitted. Families come for daily sessions in which they have counseling and some essential precautions regarding treatment. During a touch-and-go meeting, the family has to meet the patient standing up, because the patient and the family cannot afford long meetings, in the beginning, there is a rift between them. The duration of the touch-and-go meeting is 5 minutes. The family visits the patient with slight discomfort, avoiding hugs and kisses. This can be emotionally difficult for the family, but with self-control and strong will, they make important decisions for the patient’s well-being and establish their own writ, paving the way for meaningful treatment. Unless the family learns to control the patient, the patient’s drug rehabilitation plan will be in jeopardy. Because the patient is most at risk on their own, the family must establish its own writ and make decisions that cannot be made by the drug-addicted patient himself. If the family does not use its influence during the treatment, then all that is left in the treatment is to cry.
On this occasion with the patient. Why is some solid and serious attitude necessary?
Although the duration of Touch & Go meetings is short, families feel comfortable seeing their loved one. It is a different matter that their satisfaction is soon shattered by the hands of the patient. At the first meeting, the patient is emotional. It is natural to be restless after giving up drugs. Expresses grief and anger. Doctors, hospital staff, facilities, and “peas in the plow” are all targeted, so families are told in advance that they should not expect too much from the patient in the initial meetings. As a precaution, they are also prepared for severe reactions. Prior to the meeting, the family is instructed to end the meeting if the patient is angry or rude to them, leave the room, and do not look back. The patient feels some shock at this unexpected behavior of his family. Along with intoxication, the patient also relies heavily on the family. On the one hand, he can’t be addicted and on the other hand, when the family turns a blind eye like this, he has no choice but to change his attitude to get attention. In a Touch and Go meeting, the counselor has a responsibility to protect the family against the patient’s bitter and harsh words so that they can avoid embarrassment and shame. The counselor does not become a silent spectator but influences the patient with his reasonable behavior. The councilor closely observes the meeting and, in light of this, decides on the strategy for the next touch and go meetings. When the patient begins to talk positively with the family, express interest in the treatment gladly, and seek the welfare of the family apart from himself, the duration of the meeting is extended to ten minutes. As the families become “stronger” in the exchange of views, the meetings become longer.