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Social Reintegration

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The effort never stops

It is addressed to those who have finished the closed Program of "Agia Skepi". The Social Reintegration Program lasts 6 months, where people are accommodated in the "Agia Skepi" hostel in order to continue their treatment.

Treatment Model

The Social Reintegration Program provides a safe environment and acts as a mediator for the participant's transition back into society and their family. The process of detoxification, as a social reintegration process, is considered a continuous and challenging journey from individual to social and vice versa. At every stage of this journey, there is the risk of reverting to old lifestyles, the threat of relapse, which could mean returning to patterns of behavior and illegal substance use. Similar to the Closed Therapeutic Program, psychotherapeutic methods and techniques used within the framework of Social Reintegration are based on the cognitive-behavioral model, with additional elements from group therapy and psychoanalytic therapy. These methods are applied both in individual therapy and in therapeutic and psychoeducational groups. In social reintegration, the participant focuses on: - Prevention of Relapse - Recognition and management of "high-risk situations" - Consolidation of the identity of a "former user" - Taking responsibilities (family, financial, professional) - Recognition and management of emotions

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Target Audience

Therapeutic Goals

During the Social Reintegration stage, participants are called upon to recognize and manage "high-risk situations" that may lead to relapse. Such situations can include difficulties in finding employment, challenges in securing independent housing, financial struggles, associating with substance-using individuals, deaths, separations, lack of motivating goals, psychological traumas, marginalization, and more. Throughout their treatment, individuals gain confidence in their abilities and develop personal protective factors. They establish relationships with supportive individuals with whom they can communicate, receive emotional support, and coexist without substance use, functioning effectively in groups. They become capable of processing, enduring, and sharing their emotions, both positive and negative, and find alternative solutions to manage high-risk situations. They restore good relationships with their families, build new social connections with non-substance-using individuals, and align their recreational activities with abstaining from substances. They achieve professional restoration, take on responsibilities, and accept and value themselves through various activities.

Staff skills

As in the Closed Program, the therapist needs to have knowledge of the theoretical background of therapeutic communities and addiction as well as clinical training. He is the person who assesses and monitors patients, manages crises and possible relapses, coordinates therapeutic groups, provides individual sessions. Important in social reintegration is the role of the social worker, who is the "mentor", the person who guides the treated person in his daily life. Practices direct and indirect advocacy such as: connecting with other structures, finding a job, preparing for interviews and anything the treated person needs in relation to his social life. The social worker also helps and suggests financial management skills to the patients.

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A relapse can occur during treatment or even after the end of the rehab program. The most critical period is considered to be the first two months after leaving the closed program, at the beginning of the social reintegration phase, as well as the first year after the completion of the program. For this reason, it is considered important, at the beginning of social reintegration, that the treated person continues to reside within the program (hospital of "Agia Skepi") so that he does not lose contact with his treatment in a period where it is considered particularly fearful, so that the transition from the closed treatment program to be done smoothly. The process of addiction does not end with the end of reintegration but is a daily continuous effort to properly manage all aspects of the person's life and abstain from substances.

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