CareCreds are awards you’ll earn from us for recording how well you've cared for yourself, your family and your community
during the previous week. Rather than someone nagging you to stop (which as you already know is worst than useless) this
is a DIY approach to addiction. You simply have to bet yourself that you will earn more and more CareCreds
75% of our severest heroin addicts regained control of their lives and
25% stopped using opiates altogether, within a few months of accepting this challenge; good effects that have persisted
for years. Furthermore most people have found earning CareCreds to be both
easy and enjoyable. There is the added bonus that
high CareCreds earners handle stress better, repair broken relationships, and generally feel proud of themselves.
HOW LONG DOES THE CARECREDS BENEFIT
FOLLOW UP RESULTS to 2012
As a follow-up
to the above we have done a quick analysis in February 2011, just two months after these Boots Card payments had been resumed.
(See below) This suggests that CareCreds are conferring extra benefit over our usual clinical care. As can be seen, stopping
paid vouchers resulted in a measure of relapse to just 75% street-clean before Christmas but since they were restored this
proportion has risen back to 87 %. However relatively small numbers are involved and a larger series is needed to confirm
the reality of these findings. It is for this reason that our CareCreds service is constructed to generate ongoing and potentially
very large analyses and any clinicians wishing to use them should easily be able to find out if they are worthwhile within
their service. In April 2012 we did a further follow-up to see how well patients have done one year after CareCreds was stopped.
Two patients had died. One of a heart problem and the other committed suicide. Two had left the area and could not be traced.
Of the remainder the results were gratifying in 75% remained street clean and under regular clinical care. Given that all
these patients had such severe and disabling addiction we feel that these results were excellent.
NB Your CareCreds scores are shown as a percentage of the maximum you can earn. You can keep them completely confidential
or share them as evidence of how well you are doing in tackling your problems.
We award CareCredits to incentivise patients into delaying
in giving in to their cravings and for practising any caring behaviour that restores their natural self-respect and feelings
of usefulness. (This has the added bonus of repairing the embarrassing damage done to their reputation and relationships helping
them return to normal life with the support of friends and family).
- Because CareCreds are administered
in strict clinical confidence via our secure website, they can be tried by anyone. Patients can use the service without disclosing
any more identity than their mobile phone and/or email. If they are severely affected by addiction and generally unmotivated,
this service is best used alongside properly supervised clinical care. Their carers can then provide us with validation of
any of their claims to have earned carecreds. If however they have hit rock bottom and have already developed consistent motivation
to give up, they can then try them on their own to reinforce recovery and provide self-validation.
- They are also useful for the many people who do not have severe problems, so we have now built a
new free App service where CareCreds can be earned to simply lower stress levels and enhance meaningfulness in life. This
will assist in tackling expensive but mild addictions as well as reduce the frequency of personality difficulties. Because
we are a not-for-profit company we would welcome any voluntary donations to help subsidise treatment for those who are less motivated.