The methodology used is based on the recognized model of American 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. This Model combines the Medical Model (since it advocates the concept of disease without cure but with recovery, also defended by the WHO), the Philosophy of the 12 Steps Recovery Program from Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous, that proves to be possible to always recover when you follow the program's proposals, together with the latest medical, psychological and psychiatric advances.

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

It is a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach, markedly humanistic, oriented into two long-term goals: abstinence from all types of drugs and the achievement of a life of quality with physical, psychological and emotional health.

Treatment Programs

Primary Treatment+
Treatment in SAE is thought to be intensive and short-lived (12 to 16 weeks) so it can produce rapid changes in people's lives. The treatment can be summarized in terms of a sequential dynamic process or as a three-phase systemic program, in which all phases are interrelated:

Accept powerlessness in the face of the problem;
This is the first goal of treatment, when you achieve the client's stabilization and have completed the process of psychological and psychiatric evaluation, you will need to help him admit and accept that he is powerless in relation to substances that alter his mood and state of consciousness. In this stage we help the patient into recognizing and accepting the fact that he has lost control over his life because of his addiction to alcohol or drugs.

Recognize the need for change;
Here we help the patient to recognize that it is essential and vital to change his behavior for survival. You have to convey and make him believe that he has the ability to make these changes. Another important aspect is to help the patient realize that the structure of the treatment program, the basic routine to be carried out, is a vehicle for subsequently achieving the necessary changes. In the period of treatment they learn and train a series of skills that when put into practice allow them to maintain their recovery. Patients are also introduced into the AA and NA self-help groups as an essential tool to perform the work that their recovery requires.

Plan to act;
The third goal of treatment is to help the patient to take action, make decisions, and change the behaviors, attitudes, and defects he needs to change. It is to support the patient so that he can begin to visualize what he will need to and can redesign a life project based on a change to a more healthy and satisfactory lifestyle.
Relapse Program+
The SAE does not believe that relapse is part of the recovery. What we believe is that relapse is the result of what has not been addressed or has been neglected by the client, which has created the obstacle to moving forward into a life of abstinence and recovery. Our Relapse Program is for individuals who have relapsed after maintaining some recovery period of their dependence. We offer a specialized process, guided by trained professionals to allow the discovery of what has contributed to the relapse. Obstacles specific to the client'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 relapse warning signs and learn specific skills that will help you avoid additional relapses. Prior to discharge, an individualized relapse prevention plan is designed to further strengthen the client's recovery plan. This program lasts for 8 weeks, after a stabilization period.
Family Program+

Psychotherapeutic Techniques

Cognitive behavioral therapy +
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) teaches people to recognize moods, thoughts, and situations that lead to craving (uncontrollable craving for substance use and other addictive behaviors) and distortions of reality. A therapist trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques helps the person avoid these triggers and replace negative thoughts and feelings with healthier ones. Skills learned through cognitive-behavioral therapy can last a lifetime, it is a powerful evidence-based technique, and focuses on changing patterns of destructive and unhealthy thinking and behavior.
Dialetic Behavioral Therapy+
Therapy Focused on Emotions+
Family Therapy+
Transethical Change Model+
Change does not happen from one moment to the other, it takes time and energy. Much of the initial process of change occurs internally as the person ponders whether change is worth the time and effort required. The process of change begins with a person who is not aware of any need for change until the problem can not be ignored, plans of change are made so that, when achieved, they lead the person to work towards maintaining the new position. Therapies based on the transient model show how people make successful changes and make the process easier throughout the course of the five phases of change: pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance.
Reality Therapy+
Emotional Rational Therapy+
Relapse Prevention +
Video therapy+