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'Agia Skepi':Long term therapeutic community for adult drug users.

Quality level: 1


Agia Skepi is an impatient long term (12-18 months) therapeutic community that serves adult depended users of illicit substances. Its main aim is to assist addicts in recognizing and adopting new strategies and therefore become able to live without the use of substances.The programme is based on the bio-psychosocial model and cognitive behavioral theory.

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drug free treatment
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Substances addressed:
cannabis, opiates, ecstasy, cocaine and derivatives, amphetamines
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation, process evaluation
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Overall objective

To assist adult (18 to 45 year old) polydrug users in identifying and adopting strategies that will enable them to have a drug free life. The programme consists of three stages, each stage including multible specific objectives. In order to continue to the next stage the member must fulfill the objectives of the previous one.


'Agia Skepi', a long term TC for adults is a private non for profit organization which in an inpatient setting, provides services to long term depended substance users. The main goal of the programme is total abstinence from illicit drugs and alcohol. The facility is located in 'Filani', in privately owned building of 50 acres of Holy Abbey 'Machaira'. The need for the creation of the facility derived after observing that substance users, having no other place to turn, resorted to the Machaira Monastery for support. The Holy Abbot of Holy Abbey Machaira and the current Bishop of Limassol inspired the creation of 'Agia Skepi'. The therapeutic community is perceived as the main therapeutic tool; it assists in promoting growth in an alternate house with an alternate family. Rehabilitation is achieved through the process of differentiation from the other members as well as from the team. The TC operates in a hierarchical way in which members change roles and receive rensponsibilities. The entry criteria include 1)willingness to actively participate in the TC and reach abstinence, 2)be at least 18 and not older than 40 years old, 3)gone through detoxification prior admission and 4)completed a preparation process (which includes various types of evaluation)prior admission. The programme is based on the bio-psychosocial model and cognitive behavioral theory. The daily living activities of members include: - Group therapy - Educationa groups - Drama therapy - Ranching - Cooking - Gardening - Sports - Art - Entertainment Finally, the programme provides assistance for vacational rehabilitation and social reintegration.

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