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Counseling Centre (Intensive Preparation Treatment)

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The therapeutic program begins at the Counseling Centre that lasts approximately 5 to 6 months depending on the members’ progress. The first contact can be made through a single phone call. The first appointment is within 24 hours. There is no waiting list.  Everyone is immediately accepted. The Counseling Centre facilities are located in the center of the city. Counseling Centre provides a safe environment where the use of drugs is prohibited and prepares addictive individuals for their admission into the next phase, the non residential therapeutic community.

Entrance procedures

  • First contact
  • Intake assessment
  • Motivational interview
  • Detoxification consultation
  • Dispensation of Opium antagonist (especially naltrexone due to the fact that about 90% of our members are heroine addicted)
  • Health check up (HIV, HCV etc.)

Treatment procedures

The main therapeutic procedure follows a three steps group intervention. Every member has to fulfill the goals of each step in order to proceed to the next one. The frequency of each group is 3 times per week.

  • Support and motivation group (motivation and encouragement to reduce or discontinue the drug use))
  • Abstinence maintenance group
  • Preparation for the non residential therapeutic community group (providing information on the community’s operation)
  • One to one sessions (according to the members needs)
  • Sports activity group (once a week)
  • Family support (twice per month, counseling centre is the first link that a drug addicts family has with the treatment program)