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Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Alcohol Addiction Treatment

The Republican Center for Addiction Disorders provides a wide range of alcohol addiction treatment and rehabilitation services. To receive treatment at the RCAD, you need a referral from your family doctor or psychiatrist. It is also possible to seek treatment anonymously without a referral, but in that case, the services are paid.

To initiate treatment, you need to register by calling the registration office of your chosen branch:

  • Vilnius branch, tel. no.: +370 5 213 7808
  • Kaunas branch, tel. no.: +370 37 33 32 55
  • Klaipėda branch, tel. no.: +370 46 41 50 25
  • Šiauliai branch, tel. no.: +370 41 45 56 44
  • Panevėžys branch, tel. no.: +370 45 58 26 73

When you arrive, you need to have:

  • An identification document with a photo.
  • Referral from your family doctor or psychiatrist, indicating that you are seeking a consultation at the Republican Center for Addiction Disorders. Unless you choose to receive paid services anonymously, a referral is not required.
  • If you have concurrent illnesses and are prescribed medications by doctors, you must have a certificate about your health condition and have the medications you are taking with you.

First, you need to register for a consultation with a psychiatrist who will determine the further treatment plan.

The RCAD provides outpatient and inpatient services.

  • Outpatient detoxification – is a 1-day pharmacological treatment when the patient is prescribed medication to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. The doctor will conduct a primary health examination and assess the person’s intoxication level, state of health, and possible risks. The doctor will then prescribe outpatient detoxification or recommend the person seek inpatient detoxification and withdrawal treatment.

Outpatient detoxification is prescribed in cases of low or moderate levels of alcohol intoxication (1.0-2.0 promilles of alcohol detected by breath tests) or other psychoactive substances. The service takes up to 1 day. Detoxification service at RPLC is provided only on a paid basis.

This service is available at the Vilnius and Panevėžys branches.

  • Outpatient addiction treatment – upon the patient’s request, the doctor selects a medication based on indications and contraindications and provides information about its effects. The patient purchases the medications at the pharmacy with a prescription. Together with the patient, the doctor creates a supportive treatment plan and schedules preventive visits for monitoring the condition, adjusting the maintenance medication dosage, and prescribing the medication.

This service is available at the Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, and Panevėžys branches.

  • Outpatient Minnesota Model – the treatment lasts for three months, during which the patient regularly attends group sessions and individual consultations with a doctor, psychologist, social worker, drama therapist, and, if indicated, an occupational therapist, according to their individual treatment plan. Patients learn to analyze their emotions, correct their thinking, and reinforce positive behavior. A strong motivation to live soberly is developed during treatment. During the treatment period, the patient’s relatives are also invited to psychologist consultations. If necessary, at the beginning or during the treatment, the doctor prescribes medications to stabilize the patient’s psychosomatic condition.

This service is available only on a paid basis. This service is available at the Vilnius branch.

  • Mental Health Day Centre – an outpatient addiction treatment lasting up to 30 days. During the Day Centre program, individuals participate in group sessions and individual consultations led by a psychiatrist, social worker, psychologist, occupational therapist, and other specialists. Sessions and consultations take place every working day and last for at least 4 hours. The combination of medication and counseling helps patients stabilize their condition, explore their emotions, and share them, encourage positive behavioral changes, and motivate patients to continue their treatment or prevent relapse.

This service is provided at the Vilnius branch.

  • Inpatient detoxification – prolonged alcohol consumption leads to physical dependence, so when abruptly stopping alcohol intake, withdrawal symptoms can occur, collectively known as withdrawal syndrome. These symptoms are individual and can manifest in various ways, ranging from mild to life-threatening. In certain cases, a doctor may recommend, or a patient may choose to use medication to facilitate the discontinuation of alcohol consumption. Inpatient detoxification lasts up to 14 days. The patient is prescribed medication to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and provided with other necessary supportive care. Frequent clinical reassessment is performed during the whole course of treatment. Psychologists and social workers at the center organize group and individual counseling sessions aimed at educating patients about addiction as a mental and behavioral disorder, discussing treatment and rehabilitation options, and motivating recovery. This service is provided at the Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, and Panevėžys branches.
  • Motivational therapy – is designed to enhance emotional awareness, social skills, and learning abilities, thereby reducing the likelihood of relapse. The program primarily utilizes techniques based on dialectical behavior therapy. The goal is to motivate individuals to change their habits and create a rehabilitation plan they can follow after leaving the hospital. Department specialists conduct initial and final assessments of the patient’s condition and develop and discuss an assistance plan with the patient. The department’s daily schedule is intensive, with psycho-corrective, psycho-educational, social skills training, informational sessions, and other activities taking place every day. Self-analysis is given significant attention. The treatment program lasts for 14 days.

This service is provided at the Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, and Panevėžys branches.

  • Inpatient Minnesota model – the program utilizes techniques based on the Twelve Steps therapy and introduces patients to self-help groups. During treatment, patients learn to analyze their emotions, adjust their thinking, and reinforce positive behavior. The department follows a predefined daily schedule, with patients attending group sessions led by psychologists and occupational therapists, psychological groups, lectures conducted by social workers, movie screenings, and sessions about the Twelve Steps program. After completing the treatment, patients can continue their recovery by using medication that reduces the likelihood of relapse and through outpatient consultations. The treatment lasts for 28 days.

This service is provided at the Vilnius, Kaunas, and Klaipėda branches.

Upon arrival to treatment at the Republican Centre for Addictive Disorders, we kindly ask you to:

  • Abstain from substance use for a minimum of 1 day if you come for treatment in Alcohol Withdrawal Unit.
  • Abstain from substance use for a minimum of 10 days if you come for treatment in Motivational Therapy or Minnesota Unit.