Introduction

Our Philosophy

We offer help for addicts, substance users, patients with alcohol problem, or addictive behavior (gambling, eating disorders, internet-dependence) and their families, and give a chance to change. Our approach goes beyond „sobriety“, our aim is to help full recovery, which enables our clients to develop a new, harmonic, and well-balanced, steady life, without taking any mood-improving substances. We attempt to build on the individual needs, resources and coping skills of the client, to achieve a healthier way of living, and building their relationships on a new base. Our institute is a part of an integrated system, and is cooperating with other institutes, who offer help – therefore we are able to find the best possible way of recovering according to the gravity and progression of their illness.

Our Programs:

We offer individual-, couple-, family-, and group-therapy for everybody affected.
Our services are financed by the national healthcare insurance, therefore they are free of charge for the client.

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.

Detoxification

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

Intensive outpatient therapy

We use psychotherapeutic 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

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.

Delegation

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

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).