COURSES OF ACTION
Treatment, research and training are our fundamental courses of action.
The addiction treatment, especially with alcohol, heroin, cocaine and benzodiazapines is our main aim. In many cases comorbidity exists, which means that when the patient suffers from a drug dependence, the family and the patient also suffer from other disorders such as anxiety or depression. The success of the treatment for dependence of an addictive substance is not possible unless these disorders are also treated. For this reason we rely on specialists from different fields within our network of services. In this way Tavad can carry out a clinical follow-up of its patients who have undergone the hospitalisation stage, in various cities in Spain, such as Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Murcia, Logroño, Salamanca, Castellón, amongst others.
Prevention is another form of treatment. Virtual Drug Use and Virtual Addiction is one of the most advanced technologies applied to prevention. It consists of patented software which can be applied to most multimedia games. During the game the player consumes drugs in a virtual way, experiencing their effects and becoming a virtual addict. This technology has best experimented with in Israel, Spain and The USA, with such positive results that in 2004 it was commercialised without cost all over the world.
Research is the fundamental base of our treatments. We maintain the policy of investing 15% of our resources in research, which has helped us develop new and more effective treatments and means of prevention. All the aforementioned technology has been worth international recognition. In 1993 we developed the UROD method, revolutionary in opiate addiction treatment. Between 1993 and 1996 extensive international media coverage revealed the UROD method and its application in Spain and other countries in the world. In September 2000, we held an international presentation of our new treatment against alcohol addiction, which in a few hours eliminates the symptoms of abstinence syndrome and recovers the consciousness of the individual.
The teaching of the knowledge we acquire also contributes to one of our main objectives, which is to promote the development and widening of scientific knowledge. We employ different methods to carry out this task, such as scientific publications, postgraduate courses and new technologies that allow, for example, live video presentations.