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Round-the-clock substance abuse rehabilitation

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

Round-the-clock substance abuse rehabilitation is also an option when you need more support in the first steps of your recovery. In round-the-clock rehabilitation, you will live at the Luoto Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Unit for the duration of the rehabilitation programme.

Our rehabilitation programmes include instructed group activities and individual meetings with social and health care professionals. The programme includes assignments that strengthen your self-knowledge and resources.

We will help you identify harmful thinking patterns and build new ways to cope with difficult situations. You will also receive essential support from your recovered peers.

An individual rehabilitation programme usually lasts 6 weeks.

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: 25/5/2022