The psychiatry clinic’s department VI for patients with dual diagnoses offers integrative care and rehabilitation options for patients who have a psychiatric illness as well as co-occurring drug abuse problem.
The department staffs 2 psychiatrists, a general physician/director, 3 psychologists, 1 creative therapist and 2 nurses, social worker and an assistant . An occupational therapist, nursing director, security worker and housekeeper also work in the department.
We work as a day inpatient centre
The department functions as an day inpatient centre and the centre can accommodate 18 patients at a time. As we do not offer overnight stay possibilities for patients and the requirement for treatment is that the patient must stay at the centre for the entire day within working hours, most of the patients are from Tallinn. The duration of the stay and number of patients are unlimited.
The department continues the activities of the day centre for patients with dual diagnoses, launched in 2005 in cooperation between the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Health Development Institute and the city of Tallinn. Use of drugs among patients with psychological problems is frequent and may aggravate or deepen a psychological disorder. Since the early 1990s, standard worldwide practice is to arrange care for dual-diagnosed patients so that they do not have to seek out separate psychiatric or drug abuse treatment.
Our basic principle is that we take into the heterogeneous nature of treatment needs and the particularities of each individual patient. Through timely and relevant interventions, we try to allow patients with psychological problems cope better, re-integrate them into society and prevent new flare-ups of the disease, avoid drug use and the spread of infectious diseases. To do so, we apply all of the evidence-based methods at our disposal, including individual and group therapy, and also involve the patient’s family in the treatment process.