Treatment Availability and Number of Clients
"In 2010, 47 outpatient treatment centres were working in mainland Portugal as well as 32 decentralised consultation units. These centres provide both drug free and medically assisted treatment.
"Inpatient units are usually a second step of the process, as most clients of detoxification units and therapeutic communities are referred to those units by their therapists. In detoxification units, medically assisted withdrawal treatment is available, whereas in therapeutic communities most, though all, available programs are drug free (in some cases patients can enter with agonist medication and stop it in the therapeutic community). Inpatient drug free treatment is mainly available in public and private therapeutic communities.
"In 2010, there were 69 therapeutic communities (3 public and 66 private units) in mainland Portugal. The number of clients in therapeutic communities increase 6% in comparison to last year (3 601 in 2009, 3 385 in 2008 and 3 167 in 2007), consolidating the grown of last years.
"In 2010 there were 13 Detoxification Units (4 public and 9 private units). The number of clients (2 446) in detoxification units decrease 9% in comparison to last year (2 676)."
Institute on Drugs and Drug Addiction, I.P., 2011 National Report (2010 data) to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point, “PORTUGAL: New Development, Trends and in-depth information on selected issues" (Lisbon, Portugal: 2011), p. 60.