Recovery-based Models: Professionalized Therapeutic Communities for Addictions
“Strongly oriented towards mutual aid, the therapeutic community (TC) model is based on a method that pursues cognitive and behavioural change in the person with addictive disorders, and in which group therapy is a fundamental component. This model, which is constantly adjusted and revised, considers participants as essential actors of a community work designed to guide them towards processes of socialization, and identification and repair of damages through various protocols and pre-established stages. The ultimate goal of TCs is to achieve a full reintegration of people into society.” (De Leon, 2004).
To address participants’ addiction problems in an intensive and comprehensive fashion, with activities of a psychotherapeutic, occupational, socio-educational, and medical-health nature. To foster personal abilities, the development of social and emotional skills, social support, and social and vocational integration; and to enable participants to become self-fulfilled individuals and constructive members of society.