Travessa Fonte 91 4500-553
Anta ESPINHO Portugal
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Travessa Fonte 91 4500-553
Anta ESPINHO Portugal
Email : | Telefone : 227321529




The methodology used is based on the recognized American model of treatment, the Minnesota Model. This Model is by far the most widely used treatment model and offers the best results, although in Portugal it is still not very widespread. The Minnesota Model combines the Medical Model (since it advocates the concept of incurable but recoverable disease, also advocated by the WHO), the Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous 12-Step Recovery Program Philosophy that proves that it is possible to always recover and when adhering to the program proposals, along with the latest medical, psychological and psychiatric advances.


The problem is thus understood as a Primary, Chronic, Progressive and Fatal Disease that affects the individual in physical, emotional, psychological, existential and social terms, so the treatment is individualized and based on a bio-psycho-social and spiritual approach. , which treats the problem in all its dimensions and serves as a support for the individual throughout his life.


It is an integral and multidisciplinary approach, markedly humanistic, oriented towards two long-term goals: abstinence from all types of drugs and achieving a quality life with physical, psychological and emotional health.




The treatment in the SAE is designed to be intensive and of short duration so that it can produce rapid changes in people's lives. Treatment can be summarized in terms of a sequential dynamic process or as a systemic program of three interrelated phases:


    1. Accept powerlessness in the face of the problem;

    2. Recognize the need for change;

    3. Plan for action.

SAE does not believe that relapse is part of recovery. What we believe is that relapse is the result of what has not been addressed or has been neglected by the patient, which has created the obstacle to moving forward in a life of abstinence and recovery. Our Relapse Program is for individuals who have relapsed after maintaining some period of recovery from their addiction. We offer a specialized process, guided by trained professionals to enable the discovery of what contributed to the relapse, as well as the specific obstacles to the patient's recovery are identified and underlying issues that contribute to the relapse process are examined and resolved. In addition, the relapse program helps them identify the warning signs of relapse and learn specific skills that will help you avoid further relapses. Prior to discharge, an individualized relapse prevention plan is designed to further strengthen the patient's recovery plan.


For SAE this is one of the most important steps in the recovery process. Technically, ongoing care begins after the patient completes a treatment program and is ready to be reintegrated into society. The purpose of aftercares is not just to prevent a relapse, but to keep the patient involved in recovery while transitioning from treatment to real life. When facing the challenges of sober living, aftercare can help you in the following ways:


  • Help you make healthy choices about your lifestyle, activities and relationships;
  • Reinforce the skills they have learned to deal with stress and strong emotions;
  • Teach them to identify their own triggers and avoid a relapse;
  • Teaching how to prevent possible damage or consequences of maladaptive behavior;
  • Give you access to individuals and support groups that can help you through the recovery process.


The treatment in the SAE also comprises a family program that is structured as a weekly experience that is educational and experiential. The family receives the same information as the patient, in addition, the family member is helped to prepare to receive the patient back; how to make your life no longer revolve around the patient and how you can detach yourself from the problem, but not from the person. Another objective is to help the family understand the concept of family illness and let the patient solve their problems while others begin to live their own lives. The Family Program is specific and may include all or just some members, depending on the family's needs.


This Program takes place simultaneously with the patient's treatment and is previously scheduled with family members.


The family program includes:


  • Visiting opportunities;
  • Intensive family programs on days to be determined by the team;
  • Phone updates for family members;
  • Family therapy sessions (if clinically appropriate);
  • Two family conferences.


Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) teaches people to recognize moods, thoughts and situations that cause cravings (uncontrollable urges to use substances and other addictive behaviors) and distortions of reality. A therapist trained in cognitive behavioral therapy techniques helps a person avoid these triggers and replace negative thoughts and feelings with healthier ones. The skills learned through cognitive behavioral therapy can last a lifetime as it is a powerful evidence-based technique that focuses on changing unhealthy, destructive patterns of thinking and behavior.
Change doesn't happen overnight, it takes time and energy. Much of the initial change process takes place internally as the person ponders whether the change is worth the time and effort required. The change process starts with a person who is not aware of any need for change until the problem cannot be ignored, change plans are made which, if achieved, lead the person to work towards maintaining the new position. Therapies based on the transitional model show how people make successful changes and facilitate the process throughout the entire course of the 5 phases of change: pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance.
DBT is a skills-based approach to learning effective coping strategies that can be used to address and change unhealthy behaviors. Originally developed by Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, it teaches people skills to deal with stress, regulate emotions and improve relationships with others. DBT has been shown to be effective in adults and adolescents with a range of psychiatric conditions and behavior problems.
Glasser's Reality Therapy is a very useful technique for people who reject the reality they live in. Therapeutic success is related to the fact that the client stops rejecting reality, sees it as it is and understands that he will only achieve satisfaction if he does a job with himself. William Glasser's reality therapy aims to achieve concrete goals through problem solving and right decision making. It is about helping the client to achieve their personal goals, analyzing their current behaviors and modifying those that interfere with the goals; and to collaborate with the client so that they can fulfill five basic needs: love and belonging, power, survival, freedom and fun.
The fundamental principle is based on the assumption that what happens does not disturb people, but people are disturbed by their view of what happens. It thus assumes that thinking, feeling and behavior are interrelated, in a systemic relationship and must be worked together, through the ABCDE System, where: A (triggering event), B (irrational beliefs), C (emotional and behavioral consequences), D (debate ), and (new belief). The aim is to change low frustration tolerance and promote profound emotional and behavioral change.
Emotionally Focused Therapy is a neo-humanist approach designed to help people become more aware of their emotions and make productive use of them. Patients are helped to identify, experience, accept, explore, make sense of, transform and flexibly manage their emotions. As a result, they become more competent in emotional self-regulation, access to information about themselves and their world contained in their emotions, as well as a greater ability to live a fuller and healthier life.
Relapse is a reality among those trying to overcome addiction problems. It is always triggered through exposure to risky situations such as negative emotional states, desires and temptations, interpersonal conflicts, exposure to people, places or events associated with substance abuse. During relapse prevention therapies, clients learn to identify risk situations and skills to deal with them; how to increase your self-confidence, dispel myths about the effects of alcohol and drugs, and restructure your perceptions of relapse as a process. Other goals of relapse prevention therapy are the adoption of a balanced lifestyle, positive behaviors, stimulus control techniques, and developing a plan for what to do in emergency situations to prevent relapse.

Psychotherapeutic Techniques