In-patient drug addiction treatment phases

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In-patient treatment phases

Phase 1: In the first phase, the patient is at the clinic 24 hours per day, and is under strict observation. Treatment commences with diagnosis. Using blood analysis and psychological tests, the doctor determines the degree of dependency. Thereafter,detoxification takes place. In this, the organism is first cleansed of the psychoactive substances, which also means that withdrawal symptoms are avoided to the greatest extent possible.

Phase 2: The patient may move about freely in the clinic, and may also receive visitors. However, he may only leave the clinic if accompanied by a member of the nursing staff. The ingestion of psychoactive substances, as well as drinking of coffee and fizzy drinks is not permitted. Intake of naltrexone alleviates physical withdrawal symptoms in particular.

Phase 3: In this phase, therapy is increasingly concentrated on combating psychological dependency. Activities designed to make patients aware of their own bodies, such as yoga, massages, walks, gymnastics and other gentle sporting activities are intended to strengthen the immune system and contribute to regeneration. Psychotherapeutic measures complement the programme.

Phase 4: The patient is prepared for the out-patient phase, and the administration of medication is adjusted to his particular situation.