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  • Specialization in addictions and their comorbidities, such as burnout, depression, anxiety disorders, etc.
  • Many years proven therapy concept
  • Clearly above average staffing
  • BAR-certified by the Fachverbund Sucht, last time in 2019
  • A doctor in the house around the clock
  • 8 air-conditioned rooms and therapy rooms
  • approved hospital in the field of detoxification
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There are many different types of depression: Typical depression – major depression, bipolar disorders – manic depression,  cyclothymic disorder, dysthymia – neurotic depression, adjustment disorders – reactive depression, symptomatic depression, depression in conjunction with addiction, depression as a side effect of drugs, winter depression, depression during puberty, premenstrual syndrome, baby blues, postnatal depression and menopausal depression

Definition according to WHO: “a common mental disorder, characterized by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness, and poor concentration. Depression can be long-lasting or recurring, substantially impairing an individual’s ability to function at work or school or cope with daily life. At its most severe, depression can lead to suicide.  Mild types of depression can be treated without medicines but when depression is moderate or severe they may need medication and professional talking treatments. Depression often starts at a young age. Women are more affected by depression than men and unemployed people are also at a greater risk.“

Addiction and depression are often mutually reinforcing. Addicted people use alcohol to treat their depression while the damaging effect of the alcohol  makes them depressed. Drugs decrease awareness and, hence, act as painkillers—no just for the body but also for the soul.

Depression is characterized by a cognitive triad:  negative views of the world, of self, and of the future. This makes aggressive,  listless and blunt. All feelings die, life appears to be unbearably empty and senseless. Alcohol lifts the “mood”, even if the mood is negative. Yet, high spirits soon turn into irritability and a  feeling of discomfort. A “hangover“, however, is a socially accepted, self-compatible explanation pattern for depressive experience and behavior.

Alcohol makes more eloquent and self-conscious, reduces anxiety and barriers, disinhibits and (initially) has a sexually stimulating effect. A depression, however, is characterized by deficits in exactly these areas: Depression makes shy, listless, tired, it reduces  self worth and sexual desire. It is therefor understandable why the addictive substance is used.

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What former patients say about us

"[...] The entire stay was very satisfying, the alcohol problem was openly counteracted, the very experienced therapists and doctors helped a lot, and the stay at the clinic was very positive [...]"
"[...] The Betty Ford Clinic helped me a lot to keep my alcohol addiction behind me. From the caretaker to the care and administration, everyone contributed to the fact that I left the clinic very positive. [...]"

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At our addiction and withdrawal clinic, we use a therapy that has proven itself countless times around the world. It is a therapy concept that is primarily holistically and individually oriented through a very high number of individual therapies and supplemented by many interesting additional offers.

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