In 2019, the Israeli Center on Addiction, in collaboration with Lev HaSharon Medical Center, opened the first public clinic for treatment of addiction. The clinic offers integrative and multifaceted therapies provided by trained clinicians in an ambulatory setting.
Patients are offered a wide range of services including individual psychotherapy, group therapy, couples and family therapy, and psychiatric care. In addition, the clinic has specific treatment tracks for those suffering from addiction to prescription medications, and for women suffering from addiction who have experienced severe trauma. The clinic is currently operating at full capacity, just a few months following its opening.
The clinic runs according to a unique model that trains professionals in addiction treatment. All treatment services are accompanied by research, as data concerning each patient and their treatment outcomes are collected periodically. This continuous evaluation process will allow us to improve the treatment that our clinic provides and assess its efficacy.
In 2020, our clinic launched several more specific treatment tracks for the following addictions: alcohol, cannabis, sedatives, gambling, sex and pornography.
Who should be treated for addiction?
There are generally three groups of people who are concerned with identifying the signs of addiction and the need for counseling or treatment:
- Individuals who use addictive substances or engage in addictive behaviors
- Friends, teachers and family members of the above
- Physicians, therapists, and other healthcare providers
This process involves identifying suspicious signs, filling out self-administered questionnaires, and answering questionnaires administered by physicians and healthcare providers. The purpose of these questionnaires is not to diagnose addiction, but rather to help identify whether an individual should seek further counseling and clarification about whether he or she may suffer from addiction. The questionnaires and diagnostic tools vary depending on the addictive substance and behavior.
The final diagnosis of addiction is done by a professional in accordance with defined criteria.