At the beginning of a residential rehabilitation programme at one of the three units of the Anton Proksch Institute the emphasis is on the following points:
stabilising the patient’s physical state
the diagnosis and treatment of any concurrent disorders and secondary complications
and on treating any withdrawal symptoms that occur
As treatment progresses individual counselling
and group therapy sessions
provide a setting in which the underlying factors that trigger and sustain the illness can be explored and dealt with.
We always focus on the whole person. Physical, mental and social factors are all included in our comprehensive diagnostic process and therapy. In medicine we call this the biopsychosocial model of health and illness
and this is the approach we follow.
Our multi-professional team
of doctors, registered nurses, psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers and administrative staff all work together to enable you to set your sights on a life that is as autonomous and joyful as possible. You will be able to find new approaches to life and alternatives for your future. Help on this pathway is provided by the Orpheus Programme
that was developed at the Anton Proksch Institute under Prim. Univ. Prof. Dr. Michael Musalek.
But you will also receive help and support from us if you need to clarify and resolve acute social, financial and legal conflicts.
At the Anton Proksch Institute alcohol addiction
, gambling addiction
and addiction to prescription drugs
can be treated in either residential or non-residential programmes as can drug addiction
(dependence on illegal substances), nicotine addiction
, shopping addiction
and Internet addiction
The optimal length of a stay and the duration of treatment differ from person to person; for alcohol, prescription drug and gambling addictions it ranges from six to eight weeks.
In the case of drug therapy
(treatment of dependence on illegal substances), a period of detoxification or partial detoxification lasting several weeks is followed by inpatient treatment of three, six or twelve months or by a short-stay stabilisation treatment.
The duration of treatment is always tailored to the particular needs of the individual.
As with any other illness, please consult your doctor for a referral. Alternatively, you can contact one of our Outpatient and Counselling Centres
in Vienna and Lower Austria.
Counselling Centres and Information