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Smart recovery program

What is unique about LORIJEN CENTER is that we offer our patients the SMART RECOVERY program, i.e., a holistic approach in healing addiction problems.

That includes guiding the patient through all steps of the treatment, within a single facility, and providing them with:




& Efficiency in treatment

From the moment the patient comes looking for help, the main goal of our team at Lorijen hospital is to provide him with a full treatment that would allow him leave as a healthy individual.

Through over twenty years of experience we were taught that: getting off drugs and alcohol are getting off drugs and alcohol are absolutely possible, but only if the patients go through all the phases of the program.

Treatment can’t be and isn’t the same for everyone. The SMART RECOVERY program allows flexibility in the sense that the treatment is adjusted to the personal needs and capabilities of each patient.

What does the treatment process look like?

Our main goal is to support, develop and strengthen patient’s motivation for starting the treatment. It’s not an easy task to change one’s behavior. An addict cannot change his behavior just because others expect him to or for the sake of someone else. He has to find his own reasons and motivation to go down that road and to understand that he should do it for his own benefit.

Once the addict has made the decision to start the treatment, we are there to help him detox (phase I) and painlessly get through withdrawal. How long this process will last varies from the drug the patient is addicted to, duration of use, amounts used, and whether the patient took one or a combination of drugs. It’s known that when the addict stops taking drugs with immediate onset and short-lived effects (for example, heroin), withdrawal is shorter and more difficult than that of drugs that have a longer onset and duration of effects (methadone, for example).

The method of detoxification also determines the duration of the withdrawal syndrome. See which detoxification methods are available in Phase of the Smart Recovery program.

After period of withdrawal has passed opiate receptor blockers , are introduced into treatment to help the patient maintain abstinence. These medications prevent the onset of effects of opioids (heroin, morphine, methadone, Trodon, Subutex…) and eliminate craving. They allow the patient to begin actively working on his personal development and fighting against addiction.

Further treatment continues in phase II – lifestyle changes and phase III – connecting. Alongside the appropriate pharmacotherapy, personalized therapeutic programs are designed. These programs include psychoeducation, individual psychotherapy, group and family psychotherapy, relaxation exercises, breathing exercises, yoga and other. Additionally, program for relapse prevention (prevention of falling back into drug use) is introduced, with an aim to teach the patient how to recognize and avoid risky situations, manage stress, improve problem-solving skills, develop better relationships with peers and people of the opposite sex, and cope with the desire for drugs.

This involves a team of psychiatrists and psychologists and other associates in treatment, who work together to administer this program.

What does the Smart Recovery Program look like?

Phase I –  Detox

Intensity:    7 days or more – depending on the patient’s condition and the type of addiction

In the LORIJEN Addiction Center, we offer:


Goal:  Eliminating physical dependence

This initial phase of treatment ends with the introduction of BLOCKERS (Naltrexone, Disulfiram), which serve to maintain abstinence, or BUPRENORPHINE – substitution therapy. The goal is achieving psychophysical stabilization

Phase II – Lifestyle changes

Intensity:   6-8 weeks,  5x per week, 4 hour sessions

The program is based on intensive learning of skills for preventing relapse, as well as introducing lifestyle changes to support them.

Options: group and/or individual sessions

Goal:  preventing relapse and creating a healthy lifestyle

Phase III – Connecting 

Intensity:   6 months,  2x per week, 90 minute sessions

Options:  group work between patients and associates in treatment

In this phase of the treatment, patients maintain abstinence still with the help of important individuals in their lives. The support of family and friends is crucial for treating all addictions. In this phase, the patient learns to build healthy relationships with friends and other people in his environment.

Goal:  : preventing relapse and achieving social reintegration

Phase IV – Personal Development/strong>

Intensity:   minimum 1.5 years,  once a week or agreed upon frequency with doctor

In this phase the patient takes the lead in his own treatment. In addition to strengthening previously achieved changes, further personal development is crucial for continuing the interrupted emotional, social and intellectual development.

Options:  This phase takes place within the framework of LORIJEN Psychotherapy


Goal:  prevention of relapse and achieving psychological maturity

Life after Treatment

Within the LORIJEN Psychotherapy and LORIJEN Organizational Consulting & Coaching  framework, there are opportunities for the patient to further develop personal and professional capabilities.


What do we treat?


Application of wide variety of methods allows us to create personalized treatment plans and achieve long-term recovery.

How do we do it?

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