Addiction to Substances

Do you want to overcome your addiction to drugs?

Choose our abstinence-oriented treatment programme abroad!

Our drug addiction treatment programme abroad enables you to address your addiction problem and start your rehab without the external pressures and factors related to your environment at home, including substance using friends and small-time pushers next door.

Additionally, what better country in Europe to start your rehab program than Portugal? You will be able to start your rehabilitation journey in a place with lovely landscapes and a pleasant climate, a perfect combination to help you during your treatment.

Here you’ll find an intensive and personalized residential drug treatment programme that will help you achieve your goals. Our mission is to offer evidence-based drug treatment services certified under the ISO 9001 quality management system

Why choose Dianova for your drug rehab programme abroad?

The at Quinta das Lapas therapeutic community is a centre dedicated to alcohol and drug treatment. There, you’ll have the opportunity to overcome your substance use disorder in a privileged environment.

Our drug rehab centre offers:

  • An individualized and flexible recovery program adapted to the profile of each individual,
  • A qualified support by a team of professionals in different areas, including: general practitioner, psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, and educator, among others,
  • A holistic and coordinated intervention at all levels, including psychological, biological and social,
  • Comfortable and welcoming facilities, with indoor and outdoor sports areas and beautiful gardens

Quinta das Lapas centre

An Intensive and Individualized Drug Rehabilitation Programme

More than anything, our drug rehab programme focuses on the needs of each person. It is based upon a cognitive-behavioural approach, with a biopsychosocial focus. Through this approach, we can help each person to become aware of their drug addiction problem.

Throughout the course of the treatment, the person will:

  • Learn new ways of addressing their addiction to drugs
  • Regain their self-esteem
  • Acquire a sense of responsibility
  • Improve their self-control while building on their resources and capabilities to better cope with their addiction problem

The therapeutic alliance is an essential part of our residential drug addiction treatment programme. With this in mind, we combine three key aspects: interpersonal relationships, the patients’ resocialization process through therapeutic techniques, and a range of educational interventions.


The objective of our drug treatment programme is to promote rehabilitation through a comprehensive, abstinence-oriented recovery in a safe environment

Outcomes of Our Drug Treatment Programme


Outcomes of our alcohol treatment programme

In 2019, our addiction treatment centre achieved a 73,5% three-month retention rate, which is a major predictor of success. The 97,9% achieved on client satisfaction rates and 93,8% on Service Recommendation are also proof of the quality of our services.

These indicators show the clients’ positive perception regarding our drug rehabilitation centre. Furthermore, they reinforce our reliability, credibility and trust among public entities. Consequently, we can affirm that our drug rehabilitation treatment WORKS.

Critical Success Factors of Our Drug Treatment Programme Abroad

The success of our drug treatment programme is based on:

Abstinence in a safe environment. Restoring one’s physical and emotional balance starts with achieving abstinence from drugs in a relaxing, safe environment.

Behavioural analysis. Based on the assumption that each behaviour has specific consequences, as well as underlying cognitive and social grounds.

Pedagogy of daily life. Engaging in occupational activities, daily tasks and healthy management of leisure. We seek to promote personal structure and organization. Together with discovering different, alternative activities that boost personal motivation and satisfaction.

Psychological support. Engaging on psychotherapeutic groups and individual psychotherapy. The goal is to promote cognitive, emotional and relational development. And, especially, relapse prevention strategies.

Drug Addiction or Substance Use Disorder

Drug addiction or substance use disorder can be defined as the continued use of mood-altering (psychoactive) substances despite its harmful consequences. Those substances can be illicit, including cannabis, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines, among others, or licit, such as antidepressants and analgesics.

Drug addiction can have dramatic consequences, not only on the person’s health, but also in their social and personal relationships. In addition, people with an addiction  problem regularly fail to meet their responsibilities at work, at school or at home because of their substance use.


Drug addiction affects your brain, your life and your family! People with a drug addiction problem should seek help


Our centre is staffed by a team of top professionals who will do everything in their power to help you overcome drug addiction

Feel free to contact us and get more information about our drug rehabilitation centre.


TEST Assess your Drug Addiction Problem

The results of this self-test should only serve as a guidance. Its goal is to help you understand your drug addiction and know more about substance use disorders and related problems.

Complete evaluation and diagnosis should be made by a health professional in order to determine the most  adequate counselling or drug treatment programme for you.

Some Key Elements about Drug Use Worldwide

Drug markets are becoming increasingly complex. Plant-based substances such as cannabis, cocaine and heroin have been joined by hundreds of synthetic drugs, many not under international control. There has also been a rapid rise in the non-medical use of pharmaceutical drugs.

Based on the United Nations World Drug Report 2020:

  • 269 million people used drugs in 2018, up 30 per cent from 2009
  • 6 million people suffer from drug use disorders globally
  • 1 out of 8 people who need drug-related treatment receive it
  • While 1 out of 3 drug users is a woman, only 1 out of 5 people in treatment is a woman
  • Seizures of amphetamines quadrupled between 2009 and 2018
  • More than 80% of the world’s population are deprived of access to controlled drugs for pain relief and other essential medical uses

And in Europe

  • Cannabis is the largest (39%) retail drug market in Europe (worth 30 billion euros), followed by cocaine (31%), heroine (25%), and methanphetamines and MDA (5%).
  • Heroin is responsible for a large share of the harms related to drug use, including drug-related deaths (85% i.e. 6,581).
  • Problems attributable to synthetic cannabinoids appear to be growing; their relatively low cost, easy availability and high potency are factors in increased use among marginalised groups, including the homeless and prison populations.