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Addiction Services

Arts & Crafts workshop during residential drug treatment program

The phenomenon of addiction is multi-facetted and multicausal, accordingly, Dianova programs are not limited to a single intervention modality but encompass a variety of treatment approaches and components that have an evidence base supporting their efficacy. Programs are either fairly comprehensive or designed to address certain aspects of substance abuse and its consequences. They all utilize distinct modalities, depending on target populations. In addition, some service users may be referred to partner agencies, depending on which intervention modality appears to better suit their needs and expectations. Dianova intervention modalities include but are not limited to: residential drug treatment programs in therapeutic communities; outpatient programs and services ; onsite interventions; and, community-based initiatives.


  •   Respect for persons – Respect for persons is the paramount principle of the Dianova network member organizations. The persons who have chosen Dianova are more important than the problems they face. All interventions must ensure to respect the persons’ dignity and fundamental rights
  •   Socio-educational framework - Formal and/or informal education is an essential feature of the Dianova network. All programs and activities are designed and perceived as special and meaningful learning spaces, the objective of which is to help service users achieve greater autonomy.
  •   Autonomy – The purpose of Dianova activities is to help people become self-reliant, in other words, capable of managing their own lives amidst the rules set out by their social and natural environment.
  •   Integrality- The model of Dianova is characterized by a holistic, personalized and multidisciplinary approach that deals with individual and community problems as a whole, as a condition of effectiveness in any project, whatever type of project it may be.
  •   Optimal proximity– A trust-based relationship is built between service users and professionals (addiction counselors, educators, teachers, trainers, etc.) with the objective of reinforcing the emotional security of service users and thus fostering their motivation and learning capabilities.
  •   Involvement– Service users are not passive subjects, but fully involved in the various programs or interventions, whether they are therapeutic, educational, for awareness, training, etc. They actively participate in defining the objectives for the programs and the methods utilized to achieve them.
  •   Interdisciplinarity– The programs are made up of teams of professionals with different specializations and knowledge that are complementary so that the service user’s unique needs can be responded to. This concept is also applied to their external follow-up if needed (networking with other support services, social workers, doctors, social leaders, families, etc.)
  •   Partnering and networking – It is deemed essential that every possibility offered by existing resources be considered, to enable service users to benefit from the highest quality level of intervention.
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