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Drug Addiction Treatment

Drug Treatment: What we do at a glance

If you need to overcome your addiction through a treatment oriented to abstinence contact our Drug Treatment Centre. In the first place, an intensive and personalized residential drug treatment will help you reach your expectations. Our goal is to offer you an evidence based drug treatment certified under ISO 9001 quality management.

Our Drug Treatment Centre

The Therapeutic Community Quinta das Lapas is a alcohol and drug treatment centre. It offers the possibility of overcoming substance abuse disorder in a privileged environment.

Dianova Drug Treatment Centre offers:

> First, an individualized and flexible therapeutic program adapted to the profile of each inpatient.

> Another key point, for international clients we provide the program in English language.

> Moreover, a qualified support by a team of professionals in different areas. Including, General Practitioner, Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work, Social Education, among others.

> An integral and coordinated intervention. On psychological, biological and social areas.

> Finally, comfortable and cosy facilities, indoor and outdoor sports facilities and beautiful gardens.


An Intensive and Individualized Drug Rehabilitation Program

Important to realize, our drug treatment program focuses on the needs of each person. It’s based upon a cognitive-behavioural approach, with a biopsychosocial focus. Through this approach, we seek to make the person self-aware of his/her drug addiction problem.

Throughout the course of drug treatment, the goals are that he/she gets:

  1. New learning processes.
  2. Regain his/her self-esteem.
  3. Gain sense of responsibility
  4. Increase self-control, enhancing his/her own resources and capabilities to cope with the addiction problem.

In a residential setting, the therapeutic alliance is very important on drug treatment. With this in mind, we combine next 3 aspects. Interpersonal relationships, the inpatients’ resocialization processes with therapeutic techniques and several educational interventions.

So, what’s the goal of the drug rehab program?

It is to promote a comprehensive and abstinence-oriented recovery.

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Our Drug Treatment Outcomes


Drug Treatment Outcomes


Notably, in 2018, our drug treatment centre achieved 78,5% on 3 months retention rate and 62% on the 6 months rate. In other words, 78,5% of patients stood in – completed our drug treatment during the first 3 months and 62% the first 6 months. Most compelling evidence, these are predictors of success for clinical discharge.

In addition, there has been an increase on the efficiency and the adequacy of the Quality Management System ISO 9001. As a result, the 94,8% on Client Satisfaction and 89,7% on Service Recommendation Quality Indicators are the proof.

In brief, these indicators show the clients’ positive perception regarding our drug rehabilitation centre. Furthermore, they reinforce our reliability, credibility and trust among Public Entities. Consequently, we can affirm that drug treatment WORKS.


Critical Success Factors of Drug Treatment

For this, we focus on:

Abstinence on a safe environment. Restoring the physical and psychological balance begins with the abstinence of drugs in a safe environment;

Behavioural analysis. Based on the assumption that each behaviour has specific consequences, for example. And has underlying cognitive and social expectations.

Pedagogy of daily life. By engaging, for instance, in occupational activities, daily tasks and healthy management of leisure. We seek to increase personal structure and organization. And, in the long run, has underlying cognitive and social expectations.

Psychological support. Engaging on psychotherapeutic groups and individual psychotherapy. Markedly, the goal is to promote cognitive, emotional and relational development. And, at the same time, relapse prevention strategies.

Drug Addiction or Psychoactive Substance Use Disorder

As has been noted, drug addiction is the continued use of a substance that changes the mood or conduct despite the adverse consequences.

On the whole, the use of psychoactive substances has different effects on perception, thinking, mood or emotions.

Heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, marijuana, cannabis, antidepressants, analgesics, synthetic drugs or new psychoactive substances. To sum up, these drugs are on the usual list of use or abuse of licit and illicit drugs.

Given these points, it’s common that psychoactive substance abuse lead users to a drug treatment.

Did you know that drug use affects your life and of those who surround you?”

In conclusion, an adequate and specialized support can help you through your recovery journey. Feel free to contact us and get more information about our Drug Rehabilitation Centre.

TEST Assess your Drug Addiction

First, the results of this self-test are be used only as guidance. The goal is to understand the use of drugs, addiction and related health problems.

Second, a health professional must complete a full evaluation and diagnosis. This is the way to determine the most adequate counselling or drug treatment.

Know more about the Problems caused by Drugs

At the present time, the World Drug Report 2017 UNODC refers that 250 million people used drugs in 2015.

As an illustration, more disturbing is that 29.5 million people suffer from various drug-related disorders.

The Report shows that its use is harmful and who becomes addicted requires treatment.

Premature deaths, overdoses, high prevalence of infectious diseases are risks associated.

It seriously affects users, their families, communities and society in general.

They contribute to increasing social and public health costs.


In Europe

In Europe, with 35,8 million users the situation is pretty much alarming (EMCCDA Report 2017).

Although HIV infections have declined, they still represent a significant public health problem.

There have been recent outbreaks in some vulnerable populations, among injecting drug users and new psychoactive substances.

Accessibility of potent and affordable synthetic opiates present high health risks.


In Portugal

At the national level, the SICAD Report 2017, reveals that 31% of individuals aged 18 or over had already tried some type of illicit substances.
Cannabis (9.4%), ecstasy (1.3%) and cocaine (1.2%) were the illicit substances mainly used by the Portuguese.

New psychoactive substances with 0,4%.

1.2% of the young adult population had symptoms of addiction to cannabis use.