Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

To make lasting changes to problematic or addictive consumption patterns, it is not just the physical problems that need to be addressed. Any social and mental health issues will have to be taken into account as well. In addition to our tailor-made addiction treatment, we offer psychiatric and psychotherapeutic assessments and treatments according to the latest scientific findings.

The goal: a better quality of life

People who suffer from substance use disorders and/or non-substance-related addictions will be received at Arud respectfully, sensitively and with an open mind. Together, we will work out realistic goals, which correspond with each person’s abilities and limitations. Improving the quality of life and reducing substance-related health problems are our highest priority. Possible goals are to exert more control over the addictive behaviour, reduce consumption or even abstinence.

Respectful collaboration

In a respectful collaboration with the patient, we will analyse their personal situation and decide together, which problems are to be addressed. The therapists act in an advisory capacity and commit themselves with empathy to the desired change. Patient autonomy and self-efficacy are respected at all times: we will inform the patient of all the necessary facts and help them assess their situation realistically to choose an approach that suits their needs. During implementation the therapists will accompany the patient with his or her goal in mind. We place particular emphasis on dealing with risk situations and relapses as well as on relapse prevention.

Motivational interviewing: stance and approach

Motivational interviewing as well as cognitive behavioural therapy interventions improve control over addictive behaviour. The underlying concept of this patient-oriented approach is that changes in behaviour become possible as soon as the patient can develop intrinsic motivation. Unlike conventional therapeutic methods, a confrontational approach is explicitly avoided.

Comorbidity – understanding a complex interplay

People with substance use disorders and/or non-substance-related addictions have an increased risk of further mental health conditions – ADHD, anxieties, phobias and affective disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders and personality disorders are the most prevalent. On the other hand, people with mental health problems are more likely to suffer from dependencies. Substance use disorders and any comorbid psychiatric disorders influence each other's formation, dynamics and further development in a variety of ways.

A reasonable and promising treatment is often only possible, once this interplay is understood and taken into account. This is why a thorough evaluation prior to any therapeutic treatment is so important. Together with the patient, we will then be able discuss treatment options that are going beyond just treating the addictive disorder. This will allow adequate planning and goal setting from the very beginning.

Treatments according to the latest scientific findings

We treat comorbid psychiatric disorders according to the latest scientific findings in therapy research. If psychiatric medications are being prescribed, possible interactions with psychoactive substances that the patient may use must be taken into account.


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