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Old 22.01.2016, 09:20
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Drug/alcohol Rehab in Switzerland

Good morning,
What are your experiences with drug/alcohol Rehab centers in Switzerland? In the States, the choices for young adults are numerous and range from equine centers to wilderness camps. This is oriented toward post detox, during recovery.

However, from what we gather, in Switzerland this takes place at pyschiatric hospitals.


Naturally, the next obstacle is the language. Unless you are quite fluent, the group therapies might be challenging.

We would great appreciate to hear your experiences.
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Old 22.01.2016, 09:34
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Re: Drug/alcohol Rehab in Switzerland

AA and NA both run English speaking groups throughout Switzerland.

If you can't afford the private places then you may have to go with whatever is offered. (google drug rehab Switzerland and the top links are all high end)
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Old 22.01.2016, 10:08
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Re: Drug/alcohol Rehab in Switzerland

Thanks. Yes, we have already discovered the Google results, but elected to go through a physician's referral.
http://www.clienia.ch/home/. ( psychiatric hospital).

For those who don't know ( as we did not), Detox is usually a medically contolled situation where patients are medicated ( Valium) to get them through withdrawal symtoms. Since Littenheid is not exclusively a Drug/Alcohol Rehab, there are patients with all kinds of problems. It can be rather unsettling, though one realizes they are just folks with problems. The staff is very kind and has lots of experience with the possible reactions.

However, other than wandering around in a semi sedated state, sitting in a smokers' lounge, playing cards, building puzzles, attending ergotherapy and occasional group sessions, it is mainly a waiting game. ( Disclaimer: our perception!) This is called Acute Care.

What comes next is very important, and though Littenheid has Rehab, the language part is a stumbling block.


Therefore, I am hoping others will share their Rehab experiences.

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Re: Drug/alcohol Rehab in Switzerland

Mustn't be your own experience. Could be of someone else...

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Re: Drug/alcohol Rehab in Switzerland

Mental health facilities are often very slow like that. My MIL was a mental health / psych nurse for many many years...

It takes time.

I don't have any direct experience here in Switzerland, but my brief experience with doing university stuff and also via the MIL and friends who had mental health issues with and without drug addiction, is that it's a process of ups and downs, and don't underestimate the psychological side of it...

My aunty had to take a 'tough love' approach with her son, my cousin, but not until he had been in/out of jail several times, stolen everything that he could from the family as well as friends, neighbours and unknown victims...and left them with three small children to look after. He was addicted to lots of things, ended up on Heroin and then ended his life in a homeless hostel on an overdose of sedatives...

One of the big problems was coming back, over and over, to the same area, where he knew the people, the dealers, the addicts, there were no prospects for him... his sister still sees the dealer driving around in a big fancy car and her brother is dead...

It's a hard thing to also balance the acute needs of someone who is obviously needing big support, with the rest of the people around them...and life going on 'as normal'...
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Re: Drug/alcohol Rehab in Switzerland

Don't underestimate psychiatric hospitals. They may not have a huge range of activities on offer but the staff are generally committed and the other patients really try and help each other.

Ergotherapy and physical therapy can be two important ways of helping a person overcome their problems. I have been attending ergotherapy, in different settings, for six years, and it has been an enormous help to me. Learning new skills and expressing yourself are very powerful tools.

As far as rehab is concerned, have you looked into a foyer (sorry, I don't know the German).

I live in a foyer with people between the ages of 20 and 35. Some of us have purely psychiatric problems, some of us have other issues thrown in and some of us have substance abuse issues. I don't, but I have seen how the foyer handles the care of those who do... and as I said about the hospital, the residents here have a really community spirit. We care about each other, we keep an eye out for each other and we do our best to help each other.

Of course language can be an issue, but that's true of any care here. And every health care provider I have encountered here has done their very best to help me overcome my language issues.

Feel free to PM me if you want to know more about living in a foyer.
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