Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Switzerland

If you are struggling to determine whether you or a loved one are suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, there are many signs to look out for.

Symptoms of addiction will manifest themselves in many ways and will vary from one subject to another.

Physical symptoms of addiction include but aren’t limited to seizures, trembling and fatigue, whereas psychological symptoms can present anxiety, depression, erratic behaviour and more.

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However, one predominant symptom that remains consistent is impaired control.

If you find that you are unable to function without the compulsion of consuming the desired substance, you may have an addiction.

Addiction is a chronic brain disease of relapsing and continued use of the desired substance.

Without the desired substance, subjects will struggle to function normally.

Drug And Alcohol Addiction In Switzerland


Switzerland is not immune to the effects of drug and alcohol addiction.

Substance use disorder transcends a country’s demographic or wealth, as it has devastating impacts on most communities across the world.

According to WHO, drinkers in Switzerland consume on average 14.2 litres of pure alcohol per year.

When we analyse the detail further, male drinkers over 16 consume on average 20.2 litres.

This is pure alcohol, not to be mistaken with litres of alcoholic beverages.

Another report discovered that around 11% of the Swiss population drank every day of the week in 2017.

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Furthermore, Switzerland has one of the lowest rates of ‘abstainers’ in Europe.

Additionally, the same study from WHO reports that 16% of male drinkers in Switzerland are suffering from alcohol use disorder, whereas 7.2% of male drinkers suffer from alcohol dependence.

Regardless of their severity, both conditions need to be addressed by the subject.

Aside from alcohol use, the consumption of cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy has increased in Switzerland in the past decade.

However, Switzerland has a unique approach towards dealing with drug addiction.

The Four Pillars

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The four pillars of Swiss law are known as harm reduction, treatment, prevention and repression.

As a response to a surging problem, the four pillars led to a 64% decrease in opioid-related deaths in two decades.

Additionally, HIV infection rates from sharing needles dropped significantly and mandatory Hepatitis C reporting led to a rapid decline of the infection.

Drug ‘consumption rooms’ allow members of the public to consume drugs in safe spaces while undergoing treatment.

Why You Should Enter A Private Drug And Alcohol Rehab In Switzerland


While it is incredibly encouraging that Switzerland has a very proactive approach when it comes to substance use disorder, the country also has a large number of people to look after.

This is why you should opt for a private drug and alcohol rehab in Switzerland.

At a private drug and alcohol rehab in Switzerland, patients will receive the highest levels of attention and care.

Around 75% of active users in Switzerland are in treatment, and around 95% have entered treatment at some point during their addiction.


It may be in your interest to opt for a medically-supported rehab facility that will provide you undivided attention.

While looking for a permanent solution to a drug and alcohol addiction, it is important to consider your options carefully.

The rehab process may sound overwhelming, but Rehab 4 Alcoholism will be with you every step of the way.


First, you will go through the admissions process, followed by a medicated detox upon arrival at your chosen drug and alcohol rehab.

Then, you will undergo a range of therapies to educate and optimise your wellbeing, equipping you with the tools to deal with and prevent relapses.

Then, you will undergo an aftercare programme to sustain your sobriety.

What Is The Admissions Process?


The admissions process is fairly simple, however subjects may still be overwhelmed as this is the first step in something monumental.

When subjects contact us by dialling +44 345 222 3509, patients will speak to a member of the trained admissions team over the phone.

Here, a consultation will take place in a relaxed and friendly manner.

Subjects have the opportunity to share their personal details, the nature of their addiction and their requirements when it comes to choosing a suitable drug and alcohol rehab in Switzerland.

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These requirements may vary from budgetary concerns to location preferences, treatment priorities or desired facilities.

Whatever the patient’s concern, Rehab 4 Alcoholism will help them to address and accommodate it.

Following a productive conversation and with your consent, you will be referred to a drug and alcohol rehab in Switzerland.

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Once you are ready, you will be able to undertake your recovery.

Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers industry-leading assessments and we will ensure that your requirements are met.

Your recovery is our priority, and we will be with you every step of the way.

Medicated Detox – Withdrawing Substances From Your Body Safely


A medicated detox is paramount when it comes to recovering from a drug and alcohol addiction.

It is a staple in all practical recovery programmes.

Here, patients will spend a certain amount of time in their rehab facility allowing their addictive substance to withdraw from their bodies safely.

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This will be done under 24/7 care and medical supervision to ensure that patients are comfortable throughout their detox.

Patients recovering from alcoholism will spend around 7 days undergoing this stage of the process.

Similarly, patients recovering from a cocaine or cannabis addiction will spend a shorter length of time in this stage, if any time at all.

How long does rehab last

On the other hand, patients recovering from substances such as heroin could spend up to two weeks allowing their substance to withdraw from their body.

This stage is intricately planned and requires structure to maximise the patient’s chances of recovery.

A patient’s experiences will vary from one to another depending on their history of addiction.

Severe Addiction

Patients recovering from alcoholism might experience a range of withdrawal symptoms.

However, patients recovering from a cocaine addiction typically experience intense but short-lasting withdrawal symptoms.

The medicated detox experience will vary from patient to patient.

Because of the potential withdrawal symptoms that patients might experience, they may be prescribed medication from an addiction physician to reduce the severity of these symptoms.

Medication can include:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • Disulfiram
  • Subutex
  • Naltrexone

Each medication has a specific purpose and will be prescribed carefully.

For example, Benzodiazepines, a psychoactive drug, reduce symptoms such as anxiety and insomnia.

Subutex, on the other hand, is prescribed to ease acute and chronic pain.

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Statistics show that patients that opt to undergo their medicated detox at a private drug and alcohol rehab have a much higher chance of recovery.

This is because they are undergoing recovery with a structured plan with professional support.

Often, independent recoverees fail because they lack the knowledge, structure and resources to successfully complete their detox.

Personalised Recovery Programmes

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At Rehab 4 Alcoholism, we emphasise the importance of personalised recovery programmes for patients.

This is because addiction is a very complex disease.

Addiction poses too many variables to consider using a ‘one size fits all’ recovery programme.

A patient’s cause of addiction, as well as its severity and the specific substance will all vary.

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Additionally, we must consider their physical and psychological wellbeing.

These variables mean that each recovery programme must be tailored specifically to the patient’s unique requirements.

A personalised recovery programme will maximise the patient’s responsiveness to recovery methods.

This provides them a higher chance of successfully recovering, as the recovery methods have been carefully selected to help that particular patient.

Co-Occurring Disorders & Dual Diagnosis

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Studies have discovered that a large percentage of patients who enter a drug and alcohol rehab need additional mental health treatment.

If a patient is in need of treatment for other conditions, whether physical or psychological, a dual diagnosis will be made.

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This is when a patient is suffering from two conditions simultaneously, in this case addiction and something else.

In the event of a dual diagnosis, a personalised programme will be important in overcoming both issues.

Subjects can disclose with the trained admissions officer during their consultation whether they have an additional condition which needs to be catered for.

How Long Do Patients Spend At A Drug And Alcohol Rehab In Switzerland?

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A patient’s duration spent at a drug and alcohol rehab in Switzerland will vary according to their addiction.

Patients who are recovering from alcoholism will typically spend around 28 days at their rehab.

However, patients recovering from cocaine or heroin addiction could spend anywhere between a few weeks to a couple of months to ensure that they recover.

This ensures that the patient undergoes detox and therapy successfully, and is prepared to identify and prevent relapse triggers from occurring.

How long rehab

It is important to remember that the time spent at rehab is relative to each patient.

If the patient is responding well to treatment, they will be on course to complete their stay on time.

If a patient has a severe addiction, it may need more time to help them recover.

Therapy At Rehab

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There are a range of therapy options that the patient will undergo at a drug and alcohol rehab in Switzerland.

This will ensure that the patient will leave the rehab facility with an optimised sense of physical and mental wellbeing.

Therapy can be incredibly diverse and will yield excellent results for most patients.

Communication-based therapies are often implemented to assist the patient in overcoming their addiction.

This can be facilitated in a range of ways.

Examples of communication-based therapy include but aren’t limited to:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • Support Sessions
  • Family Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Holistic Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Dialectical Behavioural Therapy


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is implemented in most recovery programmes, as it proves to be effective in reconfiguring behavioural patterns and cognitive distortions of patients.

The purpose of CBT is to help patients change any negative or self-destructive thoughts and behavioural patterns when approaching addiction.

The patient will become more rational and constructive in their approach to their addiction and other areas of life.

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Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is similar to CBT, however, it places more emphasis on the emotional state of the patient.

It is often implemented to treat patients who suffer from trauma and addiction.

If successful, patients will leave treatment more capable of managing any intense emotions and feelings they experience.

These benefits will be useful in many areas of life, not only in dealing with addiction.

Support Sessions

Group Therapy

Support Sessions are also a fundamental tool in helping patients recover from an addiction.

This is because it allows them to share their experience which can act as a form of catharsis or unburdening.

By allowing patients to have a platform to share their experiences, they have the potential to inspire and to be inspired by others.

Family Therapy

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Family Therapy is also an incredibly effective form of therapy.

This is similar to support sessions, however, it is more personal as it requires the patient’s family to take part.

Here, they can openly communicate to overcome many obstacles.

Together, the family can break down the stigmas of addiction, overcome emotional trauma and educate themselves on their loved one’s condition.

By educating the family on the complexities of addiction, they become more prepared to deal with their loved one’s addiction.

This creates a stronger support network for the patient.

Motivational Interviewing


Another form of communication-based therapy is motivational interviewing.

This is a goal-oriented style of therapy.

Here, the patient will take part in activities that include discussing their personal objectives, and in turn this will reinforce their goals.

By speaking about their ambitions, they are empowering themselves.

This is because they are consolidating and manifesting goals into reality through language and communication.

Holistic Therapy

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Contrary to the previous communication-based forms of therapy is Holistic Therapy.

Holistic Therapy is a unique form of therapy because, rather than identifying and targeting individual symptoms, its purpose is to optimise the mind, body and spirit.

It is an all-encompassing form of therapy designed to reduce levels of stress and anxiety for the patient.

Patients will be pleased to hear that Holistic Therapy can come in a variety of ways, which can include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Yoga,
  • Tai chi
  • Art
  • Massages
  • Aromatherapy

Because of its versatility, there will be a form of Holistic Therapy which appeals to every patient.

Aftercare & Life After Rehab

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It is important to note that recovery cannot be achieved overnight.

Instead, it is a lifelong process and must be consistently maintained.

Whilst a drug and alcohol rehab in Switzerland will help subjects overcome addiction, it must also equip them with the necessary tools to sustain sobriety outside of rehab.

At the drug and alcohol rehab in Switzerland, subjects will have learned relapse prevention tactics to ensure that they can sustain sobriety.

Support groups

Along with these newfound skills and knowledge, subjects will also be enrolled in an aftercare programme to assist their sustained recovery.

The aftercare programme consists of many things.

The subject will have access to a support hotline and fellowship groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

Here, patients will support each other by taking part in support sessions and practising aspects of the 12 step programme which presents a comprehensive guide to sustaining sobriety and also improving other areas of life.

Contact Rehab 4 Alcoholism Today

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By admitting that you have an addiction, you have already taken the first measure towards recovery.

The second step is to reach out for professional support today.

At Rehab 4 Alcoholism, we will ensure that you find the right drug and alcohol rehab in Switzerland for your unique requirements.

By dialling +44 345 222 3509, you will be put in contact with a member of our trained admissions team.

The consultation will be conducted free of charge and with discretion.

With our experience and your intrinsic motivation, we have the resources to combat addiction together.

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