The Therapeutic Community

Self-help as a central element
By the therapeutic community we understand not only the cohabitation and cooperation between various counsellors and clients but also the community of responsibility and interests.
The therapeutic community is the basis of inpatient therapy/rehabilitation in the Grüner Kreis, the concept of self-help is a central element of this.
Solo actions and a go-it-alone attitude are often not enough to free people from their SUD  and dependency. The bringing together of “self-help communities” and professional assistants shows a way that enables people to resist their SUD . We have developed this path further and are pursuing it consistently.

Taking responsibility
Not only do professional members of staff take responsibility for the therapy/rehabilitation but so do all the clients. Only when everyone assumes responsibility for the therapy/rehabilitation in the therapeutic community and support it in their different ways is there a way out of SUD .
The therapeutic community offers space for clients’ development, but at the same time is also a boundary and support. Learning how to deal with responsibility, for oneself and others, is a specific feature of development.

Daily structure
The structure of the day is laid down for all clients and members of the therapeutic community. It serves to manage life in the community and orients itself on its needs.

The­ra­py phases
The individual therapy phases represent the clients’ gradual development steps. They serve for intensive analysis of one’s own problem and promote feedback by other members of the therapeutic community.

  • Integration phase (short-/long-term therapy)
  • Mo­ti­va­ti­on ­pha­se (short-/long-term therapy)
  • Implementation phase (short-/long-term therapy)
  • Aspi­ran­ts’ phase (long-term therapy)
  • Counsellors’ phase (long-term therapy)
  • External orientation phase (short-/long-term therapy)
  • Work transition phase in jobs supported by Lower Austria AMS (long-term therapy)