KETHEA therapeutic programmes do not use pharmaceutical substances or substitutes in the treatment of drug addiction. The goal of treatment is to identify and address the psychosocial factors that contribute to addiction. For this purpose, the treatment process involves taking the individual into account along with their interpersonal network and the broader social context.

The addict is treated not as a ‘patient’ passively undergoing treatment, but as an active participant in the therapy who accepts responsibility for changing his/her behaviour in relation to the abuse/ addiction, and who examines its causes. Participation in the therapeutic programmes is not mandatory, and the individuals undergoing treatment are free to leave at any time. From the moment an individual decides to enter a therapeutic programme, they have to take part in the daily treatment, training and other activities to remain a member of that programme.

KETHEA’s therapeutic intervention is long-term and multifaceted and includes information services, harm reduction, counselling, health care, mental rehabilitation, family therapy education and training, legal support, social reintegration and employment.

The goal is to encourage the individual to adopt a new way of life, new behaviours and a new value system which will enable them to face up to life’s challenges and difficulties without resorting to drugs. Services are provided free of charge to make them available to all users of psychoactive substances and their families, without discrimination.

KETHEA adheres to the Code of Ethics of the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities, and has also developed its own more detailed Code of Ethics.