Addiction Rehabilitation Program

addiction rehabilitation

Addiction rehabilitation program is divided into two settings. The first is therapeutic community method whereby the resident will be in a group based environment sharing living settings through which individuals in the group are encouraged to communicate about their condition, emotions and situations related to their addiction under the care of a highly qualified and highly experienced multidisciplinary team of specialists.

The second setting focuses on one on one therapy based on a deep and personal relationship between the resident and the therapist allowing for a better chance of recovery and an elevated sense of self worth and self esteem while focusing on family and social relations as well as on physical and personal development.

Please note that appropriate measures will be taken to minimize withdrawal effects. Withdrawal symptoms are closely monitored by a team of highly qualified specialist, including medical professionals.

The program is carried out in centers or villages located in Holguin (central and eastern regions of Cuba) in a natural and organic environment and includes the following: 

Individual therapy:

One on one counseling therapy is an essential part of recovery.  This approach takes the view that addiction is more than a physical dependency and that although detoxing is a major accomplishment, the underlying psychological and social factors that led to the addiction needs to be addressed and treated.

Individual therapy will be tailored to the resident’s type of addiction and individual needs by addressing specific problems with no judgment attached and offering support, guidance, and advice on dealing with powerful stimuli and factors that create ongoing urges to use drugs and other substance.

The therapeutic approaches used in the program include:

  1. Cognitive behavioral therapy : this type of therapy is based on the idea that feelings and behaviors are caused by a person’s thoughts. This approach includes:

Didactic therapy:

the main goal of this treatment is to teach people how to live in the moment, cope healthily with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others;

Rational emotive therapy:

the aim of this therapy is to help the individual change the way he/she thinks so as to reduce negative symptoms and improve quality of life;

Humanistic therapy:

this approach focuses on the uniqueness of the individual and directs the individual to realization his/her potentials and self-directed growth;

Systemic therapy:

this treatment approach emphasizes the idea that the individual cannot be understood in isolation but rather within various systems, including the family and other social systems. Systemic therapy involves examining the interactions and patterns formed within these structures and how they contribute to the individual’s behaviour.

Dynamic psychotherapy (Psychodynamic therapy):

the focus of this approach is on the individual’s relationship with his/her external world, on the influence of past experiences on present behaviour and to examine unresolved conflicts;

Narrative psychotherapy:

non-blaming approach that views people as separate from their problem to allow the individual to get some distance from the issue so as to be able to assess their situation with a better understanding.

Both Dynamic psychotherapy and Narrative psychotherapy are used when there appears to be unconscious motivations at work.

Group therapy:

This type of support therapy is aimed at creating symptom reduction and recovery in a group setting whereby the therapist guides the discussion without overpowering the discussion so that the participants support one another.

Group therapy provides members the opportunity to observe issues encountered by others in recovery and learn new methods of problem solving and coping skills in managing daily stressors without resorting to substance use. Another focus of group therapy is to empower group member and to develop a sense of self-worth.

Please note, as part of the program, a translator would be provided throughout the resident’s stay in the program.

Music, Dance and Art therapy:

  • This type of therapy motivates individuals to express emotions that may be difficult or frightening to convey in talking therapy by encouraging the individual to communicate in a non-verbal, imaginative, and creative exercises. Music, dance and art therapy decrease denial, reduce the sense of shame, lessen anxiety, depression, anger, and stress while at the same time motivate change and provide an outlet for communication.
  • Art therapy includes a range of activities, such as incident drawings, drawing / painting emotions, stress painting, creating an art journal, and creating sculptures. Art therapy may include interpretation and contemplation of the art work.
  • Music and dance therapy is designed to help facilitate physical, emotional, cognitive, and social change and growth. Through music and dance individuals are encouraged to go beyond simply listening to music and to engage through lyrics and melody.  This method include activities such as songwriting and lyric analyses, drumming and dancing allowing for a reconnection between the body and mind.

Occupational Therapy:

  • This type of therapy is designed help the individual restore and recover the roles and identities most meaningful to the individual. Occupational therapy focuses the individual to examine and recognise the effect that the addiction has had on his/her daily activities, occupational functioning and family / social relations.
  • Occupational therapy focuses on self-care, leisure, productivity, rebuilding roles, balancing responsibilities, communicating effectively. Furthermore, this method supports individuals to sustain recovery by addressing stress and anger management, occupational exploration and setting short- and long-term goals.

Acupuncture and Relaxation sessions:

  • These sessions are geared towards helping the individual with withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, insomnia, mood swings, changes in body temperature, profuse sweating, hot flashes, chills, fatigue, or anxiety.

Physical rehabilitation and Physiotherapy sessions:

  • Physical neglect, inactivity, poor diet, and the overall stress of substance abuse on the body contribute to poor health and susceptibility to injuries sustained in accidents related to substance abuse. Because of the decline in physical health induced by drug or drinking problem, physical rehabilitation and physiotherapy are an extremely effective addition to addiction treatment program.
  • This type of therapy is designed to restore flexibility and mobility, reduce chronic pain, promote physical regeneration, boost energy level and improve overall health condition.  These sessions may include yoga, physical exercise, muscle strengthening exercises, aerobic exercises, breathing exercises and hydrotherapy.

Oral vitamin Therapy:

  • Substance abuse leads to vitamin and mineral deficiencies that can cause many serious health problems and the breakdown of basic bodily function. Such things as weakened immunity, fatigue, digestive problems, tooth decay, as well as general aches and pains are often experienced by people who are malnourished. Through the use of high doses of vitamins, vitamin therapy addresses damage to the body’s vital systems, reduces withdrawal symptoms and improve mental health.
  • Community activities outside the unit
  • Recreational activities sessions
  • Medication for the control of addiction disorders (only in cases of severe withdrawal and only for limited time)
  • Issuing of Medical Summaries and Recommendations.


  • The above program does not include medications for certain conditions such as
    depression, blood coagulation, etc.
  • Medicaments, fluids, blood and derivatives to be used, as well as additional procedure(s)
    performed not included in the exact treatment would be invoiced separately on upon the conclusion of said treatment / procedure(s)


Private room with the following features:

  • Private room for every resident;
  • Three à la carte meals taking into account the patient’s preferences and / or special diets prescribed by physician;
  • Fully equipped private bathroom;
  • Infirmary and nursing care;
  • Colour TV with national and international channels;
  • Local and international phone services (extra cost will apply);
  • Safe box;
  • Internet service on every floor; and
  • Laundry services


  • Local airport pickup and drop off
  • Hospital pickup and drop off (if needed)
  • Translation service throughout the program length

References :

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