You’ve thought many times about quitting drugs and you’ve known for some time now that it isn’t easy.

Your family and friends have told you many times that you should get help, but you think you can deal with it.

You feel compelled to keep using even though you know you are hurting yourself and you fall over and over again.

Why is it so hard to quit?

An explanation: Your brain sends strong signals that dictate your actions and your decisions. When you use drugs the chemical signals in your brain change, this affects your decisions, your actions and even how you feel. Drugs can transform and damage the part of your brain that allows you to feel pleasure and that is activated when you eat, fall in love, or experience something pleasant. But after a while the substance you are using becomes more important and you have to consume it just to be able to feel good, this happens when you are already an addict.

Quitting drugs is difficult but not impossible. Will power and the right support can end your addiction.

In the last 30 years, more than 15,000 people have been treated successfully in our center.

What do we offer?

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A Nationally Renowned Residential Treatment Centre

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Established in Portugal in 1984, Dianova “Quinta das Lapas” is a nationally renowned residential centre dedicated to helping people overcome their addiction problems such as drug and alcohol abuse, pathological gambling or problematic internet use. Dianova’s centre is one of Europe’s oldest and a leading inpatient addiction treatment centre. Our personnel have a long experience in providing private addiction treatment to national and international clients. In the past 30 years, more than 15,000 people have been treated successfully in our centre.

The centre is located 40 Km from Lisbon with an easy access from highway and to Lisbon International airport which respond to our clients’ needs for transportation. In addition, the centre is situated nearby a variety of leisure centres that may be utilized by clients’ relatives.

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A Program Tailored to Each Person’s Needs

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Our alcohol and drug treatment program has been carefully designed over 30 years of professional and practical experience. Our aim is to support our patients through an intensive, individualized program. Our treatment team comprises a psychiatrist, a general practitioner, psychologists and other licensed therapists.

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Accreditations and Quality Management Policy

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Our treatment centre has a MoU with the Directorate-General for Interventions on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD | ARS Portuguese Ministry of Health) and it is registered by the Portuguese Health Regulation Authority. In addition and for the past 10 years it has met the requirements of the Quality Management System ISO 9001:2008 and has for the past 4 years achieved a 100% Client Satisfaction rate and Service Recommendation.

Our centre is committed to:

  • Focusing on the satisfaction of clients and to ensuring their safety,
  • Building trust based on standardized, transparent management procedures and to maintaining high standards of clinical care through regular audits,
  • Providing evidence-based treatment services,
  • Promoting the improvement of its programs, clinical services and management processes on an ongoing basis.
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Clinical Approach

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Dianova’s program has an educational and therapeutic perspective that aims to overcome individual weaknesses, foster autonomy and help people make responsible and healthy choices, with the objective of improving their life skills and quality of life. The program is grounded on the following approaches:

  • Therapeutic community (focus on the whole person, social learning and mutual self-help)
  • Cognitive-behavioural, motivational and relapse prevention approaches
  • Intensification of the process of change
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Aftercare and Continuing Support

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Aftercare services are essential to reduce the risk of relapse. In this objective, we provide our clients with support services based on tailored relapse prevention skills after completion of the treatment programme.

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Services and Activities

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  • Individualized psychotherapy program
  • Medical and psychiatric services
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Workshops and day-to-day activities
  • Cultural activities and leisure management
  • Sports and well-being

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