SEPT is one of the most crucial treatment elements, in terms of a strong influence to the psychic system of the patient.
This stage can be classified as a psycho-emotional peak of the whole psychotherapeutic process of personality reconstruction. Patient can be assigned to undergo SEPT or Pilgrimage only with the treating committee approval.
The whole preparation for the process lasts 3 days. After the psychotherapeutic conversation with the patient and a co-dependant, patient takes pre-medication for the next 3 days. For this period, intensive work is carried out with each patient. Psychotherapists intentionally create the feeling of anxiety and expectation. At day 3, the effect is at its apogee. Then, in a specially equipped area, reminding operational ward, surrounded by the bright lights, the Stress Energetic Psychotherapy starts. At this very moment, the destruction and forcing out of the cause of pathologic, determinant structural connection which occasions drug addiction occurs. The aim of such imperative hypnosis is to get rid of the addiction through the raise of the patient's ego, strengthening his personality, formation of a strong I am.
Without such psychological rebirth, the forcing out drug addiction would be ineffective. Stress Energetic Psychotherapy provides firm and stable directive to the patient for a long term remission, and gives confidence to overcome drug recurrence under any circumstances.
The first session of Stress Energetic Psychotherapy (SEPT) was conducted in 1986 by faculty members of the Kyrgyz State Medical University. Later, in 1996, the method was modified and applied in treating drug and alcohol addiction.
According to Dr. Nazaraliev, SEPT is a modernized form of elementary psychotherapy. The time line of the treatment process is important. Following the release from acute withdrawal syndrome and Mindcrafting (approximately during the fourth week of the treatment program), the patient – medicinally induced, is put into s specific 20-35 minute transpersonal experience. In this condition, the patient is partially disoriented in time and space. Tremors with intensive sweating is a normal reaction observed. The patient experiences a state similar to catharsis – the purging of emotional trauma and tensions. During the session, the patient is awake, he/sher can see and hear everything. No pain or psychological discomfort is experienced.
The patient's consciousness is reconstructed with strong directives in the forms of words. The physician overseeing the procedure exclaims, “You are strong and brave! No power exists which can force you to start taking drugs or alcohol ever again!” SEPT is a powerful psycho-therapeutic finale which helps to completely destroy addictiveness. It provides the confidence and empowers the patient's belief in his/her's Inner Self - the new, clean, and free of addiction SELF.
SEPT provides stable and solid directives for long-term remissions and fills the patient with confidence to withstand any future attempts of relapse.
An alternative treatment program to the Stress Energetic Psychotherapy is called Pilgrimage. The journey begins at the foothills of the great mountain passage Ala Bel. This journey is 250 km in length. For several days, the patient walks toward Tashtar Ata, the mountain of salvation, carrying his/her stone of burden. While walking, the patient re-evaluates his/her life and abilities. Everyday, the patient's belief in himself/herself strengthens; the immense responsibility to overcome drug addiction and illness is finally accepted. During the route, each patient is escorted by a doctor, silently witnesses the monumental achievements. The psychological analysis of the patient during this trying passage, amongst the incredible natural surroundings, serves as the necessary motivation to help him/her view life from different perspective – to finally begin to appreciating life for what it truly is, a gift. Acclimating to the mountain air, camping at night, the physicality endured - all of these adaptations force the patient to delve into his/her personal world. Step by step, hour by hour, the patient is transformed. Walking great distances with a stone behind your back is an uneasy psycho-physical effort which can only be accomplished by a person who is willing to change his/her inner world. This hidden and powerful qualities begin to emerge during Pilgrimage. The patient's usual way of thinking dramatically changes. The “pilgrim” attempts to rid himself/herself of guilt, of not trusting others, of delusional fantasies experienced while taking drugs. The “pilgrim's” new aim is gain will power, to perceive life realistically, and to believe in his/her's inner self!
Finally, the passages become more and more familiar. The “pilgrim” realizes that the Salvation Mountain is somewhere nearby. He/she is no longer exhausted; even the burden of carrying the stone goes unnoticed. Feelings of of happiness and hope fill the heart of the patient. He/she is about to do something very important in his life. He/she is about to conquer his/her weaknesses and prove to oneself that he/she did it!!
After completing Pilgrimage or SEPT, the patient performs a drug rejection ritual.