Specialist Addiction Treatment Centre in Italy

Detoxification at our Specialist Addiction Rehabilitation Center

Our Centre offers the full spectrum of detoxification & addiction therapy treatments.

Prior to patients starting the rehabilitation process, it is essential for the patient to have been through the full detox process.

This prestigious clinic, awarded with an “excellency” certificate by the Italian NHS, was founded in 1963 and has over 50 years of experience in the treatment of addictions and depression.

Its revolutionary idea is that of the “therapeutic continuum”: a treatment of addictions which is based on several, distinct and progressive phases: from initial detoxification to subsequent rehabilitation, with a final follow-up program.

The clinic also includes a state-of-the-art Diagnostic Center and Medical Center, which offer a complete package of latest generation diagnostic services (RMI, CAT, etc.) and a highly qualified specialist medical staff.

Leading Treatment Centre for Addiction

With over 35 years’ specialist experience, an esteemed reputation for excellence and comprehensive treatments programmes, this leading Treatment Centre for Addiction is one of the finest facilities of its kind and a popular choice amongst those seeking such services.

Acting as both a detox and rehabilitation facility, the centre admits both English and Italian speakers, over the age of 18 who suffer from addictive conditions related to alcohol, drugs, prescription medications, sex, gambling, internet shopping and much more.
Treatment plans adhere to a multi-disciplinary approach and utilises the most effective and advanced methods and technologies, including the revolutionary Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator.

The Location and Facilities

The clinic is located in the picturesque countryside of Italy’s Le Marche region, amongst the rolling hills and sun-drenched olive groves, in a rustic, converted farmhouse. On first sight you’d be forgiven for mistaking the centre for a hotel or villa complex. The natural environment makes it the perfect refuge for clients; providing a soothing and tranquil setting where they can distance themselves from their everyday lives as they attempt to overcome their afflictions and nurse themselves back to full health.

The residence can accommodate up to 26 guests in comfortable en- suite double bedrooms, equipped with modern amenities such as a swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym, football field, volleyball court, therapy rooms, an art and craft studio, yoga and meditation rooms, a cinema screen and satellite TVs, as well as shared kitchen, living and dining spaces.

The centre also runs cooking, language, yoga, pottery, photography and gardening classes for patients to partake in during their rehabilitation. All activities (as well as all therapies) are provided in both English and Italian.

The highly trained and expert multidisciplinary team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, nursing staff, activity leaders, psychotherapists and counsellors. All boast outstanding credentials as leaders in their individual fields and are perfectly fluent in English, being either native speakers or having worked for many years in English- speaking countries.

Comprehensive Service - Detoxification & Rehabilitation

The majority of addictions cause depression after prolonged and consistent use of the drug of choice. This is caused by the change in neurotransmitters, the substances provoke and affect specific parts of the brain.

For a long period of time, the addict needs to abstain from all the substances they are using.
The medical procedure to treat the addiction to alcohol and other substances is done in two consecutive phases:

Stage 1 Detoxification Phase

- where the patient detoxifies their body & is assisted with the physical complications of the withdrawal process. This phase is very important. It may be the first time in years that the patient has experienced life without using any type of drug.

The patient needs to feel safe, supported and understood at this very important stage.

Stage 2 Rehabilitation Phase

- where patients are provided with psychiatric and psychological support daily to work through the patients insecurities, socially, psychologically and to work on their self-esteem so they don’t feel any desire to “use” in the future.

Motivational interventions and therapy are done in groups and in individual therapy sessions.

Discussion therapy helps the patient understand and confront their emotional issues and supports them through the counseling process so that they understand their addiction and a treatment plan is devised to ensure their sobriety so they can live their life in a clean, positive way.

Our team consists of a large group of professionals specialized in addictions,
who work and collaborate with institutions and international centers worldwide. We offer a safe environment of medical care and professional attention at every level of our detoxification & rehabilitation treatment program.

Therapeutic Approach

The activities of the centre are based on the innovative idea of the “therapeutic continuum”: a treatment of addiction and substance abuse that consists of several different stages.

The first phase is an assisted detox, where patients forgo
the use of addictive substances and attempt to find a better psycho-physical balance. This phase is overseen by a specialised team of doctors and nurses and aided by the use of advanced technologies from the Diagnostic Centre.

The second stage is the short residential stay and treatment programme. This 8 week treatment is based on a
holistic, multidisciplinary approach, which applies medical, psychological, educational and spiritual practices and techniques to treat addiction. Here clients benefit from the most up-to-date and intensive group and individual therapies.

In addition to the more formal therapies offered, clients are encouraged to get fit and explore new life-enhancing skills; setting them up for a more rounded, healthier lifestyle that will serve them long after their stay ends.

The main therapeutic methods used for treatment are all evidence-based, and include:

• Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT);

• Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT);

• Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP);

• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT);

• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR);

• Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT);

• 12 Step Facilitation;
• Motivational counselling;

• Family counselling; and

• Self-help groups.    

Treatment Goals

The centre provides a highly personalised service; each treatment path is tailored to the individual patient, taking into consideration their unique history, psychopathological profile and the specific elements of their addiction. However, the overall aims and goals of treatment remain the same for all clients:

  • Increase their desire and motivation to change
  • Identify the physiological and environmental factors that might lead to a relapse
  • Increase the client’s sense of self-efficiency by fostering the acquisition of more adaptive coping strategies
  • Raise their level of self-awareness, with regards to their thoughts, emotions, feelings and ultimately their compulsive behaviours
  • Evaluate the client’s life in relation to past experiences as well as goals for the future
  • Help them acquire new skills and interests by introducing them to a variety of recreational activities
  • Strengthen the client’s sense of individual spirituality
  • Support their families - enabling them to cope with the challenges presented by their loved one’s condition, which in turn provides a 
stronger support network for the client

Therapeutic Innovations: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

In keeping with the clinic’s innovative traditions, and continuing its quest for the most current and effective remedies, the centre has recently acquired The “Brainsway” Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator; the most advanced technology for the treatment of psychiatric disorders and addiction.

This is a non-invasive treatment that uses magnetic fields
to stimulate neuronal nerve cells, “reactivating” areas of the
brain damaged by mental health problems, such as long-term
depression, or prolonged exposure to substance abuse. Recent studies on this treatment show outstanding results, particularly with regards to cocaine addiction, that are simply unattainable through more conventional and commonly used pharmacological and psychological therapies.

With one of the most holistic approaches to addiction treatment around and as one of the only clinics in Italy using TMS, this clinic offers patients the best possible chance of fighting their condition and getting back to a normal, healthy lifestyle.



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