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Drug Addiction or Psychoactive Substance Use Disorder

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Drug addiction is described as the continued use of a substance that changes the mood or conduct despite the adverse consequences. How to know if someone needs a drug addiction treatment? When someone experiences an uncontrollable desire to use psychoactive substances and the feeling that they cannot function without them. This person may suffer from drug addiction disorder.

The use of psychoactive substances has different effects on perception, thinking, mood or emotions. And a different ability to produce addiction, with different meanings for those who use them.

Heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, marijuana / cannabis, antidepressants, analgesics, opiate derivatives, synthetic drugs or new psychoactive substances (NPS such as fentanyl).

These drugs are on the usual list of use / abuse of licit and illicit drugs.

It is common for psychoactive substance use lead users to a drug addiction treatment. Whether it’s a Cocaine addiction, heroin addiction, marijuana addiction, methamphetamine addiction or medication addiction.

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

An adequate and specialized support, by an expert team of professionals 24×7 can help you through your self-fulfilment recovery journey.

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Our Drug Addiction Treatment Works

If this a problem that you want and need to overcome, focusing on a recovery oriented to abstinence, Dianova can help youOur intensive and personalized residential drug addiction treatment program, is here to help you reach your expectations, well-being and self-fulfilment.

Our goal is to offer you an inpatient drug addiction treatment with a diversity of services, evidence based and certified under ISO 9001 quality management.

In 2017, the results achieved in terms of our intervention are based on the improvement of the efficiency and adequacy of the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System. We highlight: the improvement of resources management, commitment and motivation of the Team.

On the other hand, the Quality Indicators reflect the positive perception from the Beneficiaries, when they see their needs and expectations fulfilled.

Finally, they reinforce the increase of services reliability and credibility by the Families. And the trust and reputation of Public Entities.


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Our Drug Addiction Treatment Program

The Therapeutic Community Quinta das Lapas is an addiction treatment professional centre. It offers the possibility of overcoming addiction to alcohol, drugs and/or gambling in a privileged inspiring environment.

Our Treatment Centre offers:

> An individualized and flexible therapeutic program adapted to the profile of each inpatient.

> For international clients / inpatients the program is provided in english language.

> Qualified support by a team of professionals in the following areas: General Practitioner, Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work, Social Education, among others.

> A “cosy environment” in which the proximity between the team and the inpatient becomes our moto.

> An integral and coordinated intervention in all areas related with the complexity problem of addiction: psychological, medical, social, family.

> Comfortable and cosy facilities, indoor and outdoor sports facilities, and beautiful gardens.

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Intensive and Individualized Program

Our therapeutic addiction treatment program is focused on the needs of each person. It is 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 problem.


Subsequently and throughout the course of treatment, it is intended that he/she obtain:

  1. new learning processes
  2. regain his/her self-esteem
  3. gain sense of responsibility
  4. and greater self-control, enhancing his/her own resources and capabilities to cope with the problem.

In a residential setting, we combine interpersonal relationships, the inpatients’ resocialization processes with therapeutic techniques and an array of educational interventions. The objective is to promote a comprehensive and abstinence-oriented recovery.

Life Before – During – After Treatment

To better understand how our intervention model, try to picture the Before – During – After in which relies the premises of our treatment program:

1. BEFORE treatment in Therapeutic Community

> Disconnection with the Other. Drug use as the usual solution to overwhelming feelings. Or an escape of family or friends’ expectations. Use to solve problems of regulation of conduct, identity or integration.

2. DURING treatment in Therapeutic Community

> Upon entering the TC and begin to live with the peer group according to the rules of the program, the inpatients begin their reconnection with the Other. They initiate to manage their feelings and emotions, the resolution of problems of conduct regulation, the feeling of recognition of who I am. And the overcoming of the usual forms of interaction.

3. AFTER treatment in Therapeutic Community

> “I have changed 100%”. Through the structured narrative obtained on who they are and what they have gone through, inpatients become able to deal with experiences in a positive way. The regulation of change behaviour highlights the importance of speaking on a truly way about relapse prevention. Change of perception of Self and in relation to others. Desire to live: to have an apartment, to start work, to pay the bills, to return to school …

Briefly: Critical Success Factors of Treatment

For this, we focus on:

> Abstinence on a safe environment: restoring the physical and psychological balance begins with the abstinence of illicit drugs in a relaxing, safe environment;

Behavioural analysis: based on the assumption that each behaviour has specific consequences and has underlying cognitive and social expectations.

Pedagogy of daily life: by engaging in occupational activities, daily tasks and healthy management of leisure. We seek to promote personal structure and organization, as well as discovering other sort of activities that boost personal motivation.

Psychological support: engaging on psychotherapeutic groups and individual psychotherapy to promote cognitive, emotional and relational development and relapse prevention strategies

TEST Assess your Drug Addiction
The results of this self-test should and must be used only as guidance for understanding your use of drugs, drug addiction and related health problems. A full evaluation and diagnosis must be completed by a health professional to determine the most adequate counselling or inpatient drug addiction treatment.

Know More about the Problems caused by Drugs


The main conclusion of the World Drug Report 2017 UNODC is that 250 million people (5% of world population) have used drugs in 2015.

  1. More worrying is the fact that 29.5 million of these users (0.6% of the adult population) suffer from various drug-related disorders.
  2. The Report shows that its use is harmful and who becomes addicted requires treatment.
  3. Premature deaths, overdoses, high prevalence of infectious diseases such as HIV or Hepatitis C and other co-morbidities are risks associated with this problem.
  4. It seriously affects users, their families, communities and society in general.
  5. They contribute to increasing social and public health costs.

In Europe


In Europe, with 35,8 million users (population 15-64 years) the situation is pretty much alarming (EMCCDA Report 2017).

  1. Although HIV infections have declined, they still represent a significant public health problem.
  2. There have been recent outbreaks in some vulnerable populations and among injecting drug users and new psychoactive substances.
  3. Increasingly potent, accessible 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.

  1. Cannabis (9.4%), ecstasy (1.3%) and cocaine (1.2%) were the illicit substances mainly used by the Portuguese
  2. New psychoactive substances with 0,4%.
  3. 1.2% of the young adult population had symptoms of addiction to cannabis use.