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Intoxicant rehabilitation at Tervalampi

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

The Tervalampi Villa Rehabilitation Centre offers communal rehabilitation, which is carried out in a work and group activity community, everyday activity rehabilitation community, and women’s and men’s communities. The rehabilitation period lasts six weeks.

The rehabilitation includes participation in the operation of the community through meetings, groups, and managing individual areas of responsibility. The communities maintain the cleanliness of the premises by themselves, and responsibilities are decided upon once a week.

During the institutional rehabilitation, customers participate in the weekly events of the small communities, which ensures that daily life in the institution is well-planned and structured. In addition, the individual needs of each rehabilitee are considered whenever possible. Towards the end of the institutional period, the customer is instructed to increase the amount of city environment training and make plans for his or her further rehabilitation back in the city. Participation in NA, AA, and other peer support groups is also possible during rehabilitation at Tervalampi.

The staff at the rehabilitation centre include professionals from various fields, such as social workers and social care workers, rehabilitation instructors, nurses and practical nurses, a psychologist, a psychotherapist, and an occupational therapist. In addition to the social and health care staff, the work activities are guided by facility services and meal services staff. The rehabilitation centre offers weekly medical services.

The service can be sought via substance abuse outpatient clinics or a Youth Station.

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health confirms the maximum customer fee every year.

To whom and on what terms

Institutional rehabilitation requires that the withdrawal symptoms are treated before starting the rehabilitation period.

The service is intended for residents of Helsinki.

Background information

If the substance abuser is not able to stop the use of intoxicants on their own, they may seek the short-term 24-hour treatment for detoxification. Sobering-up treatment provides a safe place for coping with the effects of alcohol, drugs, medicinal substances or other intoxicants. Treatment periods are usually short: a few hours, overnight or no more than 24 hours. The patient will also receive advice on how to access further treatment. The treatment unit for sobering up (detoxification centre) may be a part of the healthcare emergency unit, detoxication treatment centre or a police shelter.

If the use of intoxicants cannot be given up with the help of outpatient care, the person may seek 24-hour detoxification treatment in a health centre or as outpatient services for substance abusers. The aim of detoxification treatment is to safely break the cycle of substance abuse and to motivate the patient for the necessary further treatment. The duration of detoxification treatment is usually a few days.

Withdrawal treatment is long-term treatment, which includes not only treatment of withdrawal symptoms but also support for life management, mental health and solving any other problems caused by substance abuse. The withdrawal treatment may last two to four weeks.

If a person with substance abuse problems does not wish to be treated, they may only be committed to involuntary treatment if there is an immediate risk to their life or health or their violent behaviour is a risk to others.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceSocial Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languageFinnish
Text edited by: Social Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Updated: 1/17/2022