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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 becomes the mediator of the patient's transition to the "outside", society and family. The process of drug addiction as a process of social reintegration is considered a continuous and difficult path from the individual to the social and vice versa. At every moment of this path there is the risk of returning to the old way of life, the threat of relapse, which can mean returning to patterns of behavior and the use of illegal substances. As in the Closed Therapeutic Program, the psychotherapeutic methods and techniques used in the context of Social Reintegration are 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 patient focuses on: • Relapse Prevention • Identifying and managing “high risk situations” • Establishing the identity of the "former user" • Taking on responsibilities (family, financial, professional) • Recognizing and managing emotions

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Target Audience

Therapeutic Goals

In the Social Reintegration stage, patients are asked to recognize and manage "high-risk situations" that may lead to relapse. Such situations can be considered: difficulties in finding a job, difficulties in finding independent accommodation, financial difficulties, socializing with people who use substances, deaths, separations, the absence of motivating goals, psycho-traumatic experiences, marginalization, etc. a. During treatment the person gains confidence in his own strengths and develops his personal protective factors as he has established relationships with the right people with whom he can communicate, get emotional support, coexist without using substances, work as a team . He can process, endure and share his emotions, both positive and negative, and becomes capable of finding alternative solutions to deal with high-risk situations. He restores good relations with his family, creates new social relationships with people who do not use substances, and connects his recreational ways with abstinence from substances. He is professionally rehabilitated, takes responsibility and accepts and values himself through 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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