Drug Outpatient Treatment Unit

Our philosophy

The dependence caused by legal and illegal substances as well as behavioral addiction is both considered a progressive illness. These destroy the body, mind and emotional well-being by almost everybody they capture.

We try to give the most efficient help for those who come to us, but we never lose the sight of the ulterior aim of helping to develop their practical skills and coping abilities, to motivate them to build, or rebuild a healthy, relationship based and sober life.
At the development of our programs we highly respect the personal needs and possibilities. We are basically service-oriented.

Our overriding principle is to respect human dignity, to help those in need, and secrecy. It is voluntary to take part in the programs, and if needed we offer anonymity.


Preliminary Status assessment

It is an interview about the actual problems, about the life-periods of the client, about substance use, legal issues, relationships with family and friends, education or work, general health, support systems, social network, psychiatric history, and so on. If needed bodily and laboratory checks (IV users, HIV, HCV, and so on) are also parts of the process. The proper preliminary status assessment is inevitable for planning of the following steps.

Counseling/Motivational interview

In ideal cases the first meeting has already occurred, when the problem is not too serious. In that case one or two conversations or counseling, the presentation of dangers can lead to success. The early intervention can be an effective method for dealing with the problems connected to substance use.


If we come across with addicts who use substances, which develop physical dependence, medical/pharmaceutical treatment is needed.

Substitution treatment

With substances, that cause physical dependence, it can mean treatment over the years. The main goal of Methadone and Suboxone (buprenorphine-naloxone) program is, that the Heroine addicts receive medication according to the medical indication. These medicaments are synthetic opiate-derivatives, and get bounded mainly to the µ-receptors (like heroin). Because of that, it develops the effects of Heroine, but without its euphoric and „stupefying“ effects, therefore the client can live a productive, non-criminal life.

Intensive outpatient therapy

We use psycho-therapeutic methods (face-to-face individual to therapy, couple therapy, family therapy, group therapy, and so on), sometimes combined with pharmacotherapy, at least once a week. We mainly offer help with different addictional problems, or psychological problems arising through or independent from substance abuse.


Diversion is a legal construct: alternative to imprisonment for drug-related offenses, when the amount of illegal substances is small. Taking the possibility of diversion – if legal conditions are fulfilled – leads to a quasi-compulsory 6 months long treatment. 
As a first step the offender will be sent to a preliminary status assessment (registered in OSAP) which takes place at a Drug Outpatient Unit. As a result of this preliminary status assessment the health service provider determines the addiction/psychiatric status of the offender. It is recommended for the doctor/Clinical psychologist to use ASI (Addiction Severity Index), but there may be individual practices different from that. According to the gravity of the offender’s addiction the person will be sent to the proper type of diversion out of the three possibilities.
Treatment for drug-addiction:
Treatment of other conditions with drug use: (e.g. Psychiatric conditions with accompanying drug use).
Preventive-consulting service (also in groups)

Family Therapy

At most of the backgrounds of addictive problems we find family dysfunctions and conflicts, therefore the intervention on this level can be beneficial. First of all we recommend and insist to call in the whole family when juvenile substance users are involved.

Social Work

Substance users entering treatment usually don’t have the appropriate information regarding social providing systems. The role of our social workers is to inform our clients about the available social support, motivate them to use the different forms of treatment, and in certain cases delegate them to other social providers. It is important in the preliminary status assessment to gather the information of the social aspect.


After the preliminary status assessment the professional team according to the gravity of the client’s addiction/physical/psychological status will send the person to the proper type of treatment. This can mean that in certain cases clients will be sent for screening of infectious diseases, to low-threshold services, to rehabilitation centers, or other medical or social institutes.


Consulting in the field of addictology means a complex service, during which the professional works out a treatment program considering the client’s social, medical, psychological and substance abuse related issues specifically for the person in need, in co-operation with other members of the team (Psychologists, psychiatrists).


Our Team


János Szemelyácz MD.
Professional and institute leader, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Addictologist
Leader of the INDIT Foundation
Consulting hours: Monday-Friday 8-16
(Speaks English)

Widder Szilvia, MD
Psychiatrist, Family Therapist
Consulting hours: Monday-Friday 8-14
(Speaks English)

Attila Trábert, MD
(Speaks german)

Júlia Jakab
(Speaks English)

Attila Hegedűs

Zita Dombrádi
Social politician, Consultant for addictology

Zita Bankné
Social assistant
Consulting hours: Monday-Friday 8-16
You can get an appointment to our professionals through telephone: 72/315-083


Dr. Antal Sárkány

Szabolcs Bíró

Petra Vlaskovits

Márta Tátrai

Tiborné Csapi
Financial leader

Erzsébet Kádas

Contact information

Address: 7623 Pécs, Szendrey J. str.6.
Telephone: +36 (72) 315-083
Fax: +36 (72) 332-600
E-mail: drogambulancia@indit.hu

Office hours
Monday-Thursday: between 8-16 hours
Friday: between 8-15 hours