Triora welcomes international addiction professionals to its Alicante clinic

Triora welcomes international addiction professionals to its Alicante Clinic

Triora Alicante hosts international experts 

From 3-5 July 2017, Triora's team hosted a group of international psychiatrists, psychologists and interventionists for a two-day tour of Triora's clinic in Alicante and presentation of Triora’s innovative treatment model. Triora Alicante's Director, Natalia Granados, and Triora’s Dutch and Spanish professionals welcomed addiction experts from the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal and The Netherlands over breakfast. Granados and Kevin Römer, Triora's Client Relations Officer in the Netherlands, then showed the visitors around the clinic's facilities.

Triora Alicante's facilities

After the tour of the clinic, Granados gave an in-depth presentation of Triora's exclusive holistic treatment developed over 14 years in the Netherlands, and for over a year in Spain.

Granados also introduced some members of Triora's expert addiction treatment team, many of whom have more than 20 years' experience in addiction care. Together, they presented the good results Triora has achieved. 

Triora welcomes international addiction professionals to its Alicante Clinic

The Triora Model

Joaquin Descals, Triora Alicante's Chief Medical Officer, went on to give an overview of the daily programme for patients, and what the individual, group and family therapies involve. The Triora Model, taken from the Dutch model and adapted to the needs of addiction treatment in Spain, is based on three fundamental pillars: body, mind and soul.  It has high long term recovery rates, and 96% of former patients recommend Triora's treatment. Triora's Dutch patients give Triora an 8.5% satisfaction rating.

At Triora Alicante, the team offers holistic care—alongside the counsellors, there are also sports and nutrition professionals who take care of the physical and nutritional wellbeing of patients during their stay at the clinic. 

Discrete bilingual treatment for international patients 

Granados then introduced some members of the therapeutic team who take individual and group sessions with international patients. Triora offers treatments in both Spanish and English to support the large foreign community living on the Costa Blanca, and addicts seeking anonymity who wish to recover away from their community.   

British nurse and therapist Dusty Atkinson, and Dutch-Spanish psychologist Natalia Van Abshoven, both provide treatment in English. Having English professionals at Triora in Alicante makes it possible for Triora to treat international English-speaking patients who choose the clinic in Alicante because of its location and highly successful treatment.

Demystifying 12-step spirituality

One of the added values of Triora's successful treatment is its unique holistic approach that results in long-term recovery. In addition to dealing with physical problems, the method delves into mental and spiritual aspects. During the treatment, Triora helps patients to find their meaning and vital purpose in life - an essential component in addiction rehabilitation. As part of our treatment, Triora provides spiritual work through the 12-step programme, which originated in the United States, and has expanded worldwide through self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

Dusty Atkinson explained what characterises the spiritual aspect of the Triora Model. It has nothing to do with any religion or God. Rather, spirituality in addiction treatment is based on seeking serenity, courage and wisdom through self-help groups which can support rehabilitation for life. Although the Alcoholics Anonymous programme makes reference to God in the 12 steps, it is equally possible to refer to a "higher power", a force that everyone can turn to in order to overcome an addiction. It is therefore, not about religion, but rather about each person deciding who or what this "higher power" means to them, and how to call on it in moments of weakness during and after treatment.

Spirituality in the Triora Model

This led to an interesting debate in which the international experts shared different points of view. All agreed on the importance of working with the 12 steps in addiction treatments, as well as on the importance of recovering patients continuing to attend weekly meetings where other addicts can provide support and reinforce their rehabilitation path long-term.  

Ray Andrews, part of the Triora team, delivers sessions around spirituality to all patients. Patients meet weekly to work on their spiritual side in order to remain clean and sober. He explained how these groups provide great support to patients once they have completed their treatment at the clinic and how, once the 12-step programme has been completed, former patients open themselves to self-help groups in order to live with the disease of addiction.  

The importance of a balanced and healthy diet 

The visiting professionals then enjoyed a lunch cooked by Triora's chef, Odiel Morales, providing a taste of the healthy and balanced diet that patients follow daily at Triora Alicante.  

Triora's plans for the near future 

After the meal, Triora's CEO John Kreuze explained how Triora was founded more than 14 years ago in The Netherlands, and Triora's addiction treatment model was developed. The model was created to help people with addiction find meaning in their lives during treatment. Triora focuses on body, mind and soul to enable patient and family to recover values ​​lost through addiction and co-addiction. The ultimate goal is to ensure that patients in recovery can live happily without substance or behavioural dependencies.

Kreuze went on to explain Triora's plans to expand its clinics in Spain and The Netherlands. Triora is researching opportunities to implement its addiction treatment method in other countries such as Turkey.

Triora's Medical Director in The Netherlands, Dr Constant Mouton, presented the company's values, and the more psychiatric and psychological details of Triora's treatment. He commented, for example, on Triora's ability to work on dual pathology, the association of an addiction to another mental illness. Specifically, Triora treats patients with ADHD, or other disorders that directly affect the addiction and that therefore must be treated together for the programme to be successful over the long term.

E-health in treatments for addiction

The two-day visit was brought to a close with a debate on the role of treatments through digital platforms. All agreed that it is important to have digital tools where therapists, patients and families can connect and continue working on a patient's recovery. However, digital tools should not become the main system of communication between parties. Kevin Römer presented Triora's e-health platform, Karify, which facilitates follow-up treatment and care once patients leave the clinic.

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