Conditions we treat


Recal is primarily but not exclusively concerned with recovery from substance and behaviour addictions. We recognise that other conditions often co-exist with addiction and will have a bearing on the progress to recovery.


Subject to assessment we support patients with co-existing mental health problems and disorders such as those in relation to food or eating.


Substances used may include either singly or in combination: cannabis, alcohol, opiates, cocaine and other stimulants, benzodiazepines as well as new psychoactive substances. Nicotine and caffeine are also addictive substances.


Behavioural addictions may include: gambling, compulsively excessive appetites for sex, pornography, spending, debt, shopping, gaming, on-line activity


Whatever the presenting condition, we always engage with and support the family.

Tratamientos de adicciones Fundación Recal

Our Approach


Minnesota Model


Recal treatment centres base their approach to treatment on the principles and practices of the Minnesota Model, which has developed over many decades in the U.S. and been more or less replicated in other countries around the world.


We draw on the model and adapt it as necessary to the specific needs of our patients.


The key components of the Minnesota Model are:


1. Integrated treatment of the whole person – addressing issues of body, mind and spirit.

2.Establishing and maintaining abstinence.

3.Facilitating engagement with the world-wide 12-Step mutual-aid programmes.

4. Other therapies are incorporated into the individual treatment plan as appropriate to strengthen the resources for recovery.

5. A community of people supporting each other in their shared purpose of recovery.

6. Patients are looked after by a multi-disciplinary team that includes medical, nursing, psychological and counselling staff.

7. Involvement of the family.


Our approach is consistent with what is known to help improve the chances of recovery. While they will have access to the benefits of a treatment experience shared with fellow sufferers, we approach each person as the unique individual they are and find ways for each patient to make best use of all the resources available to both initiate and sustain recovery.

Recovery Community


One of the benefits of treating patients in a location and programme shared with other patients and a multi-disciplinary staff team is that it creates a community with a singular therapeutic purpose in which everyone has an interest: recovery. 


However much individuals (both patients and staff) might wish to see and keep themselves separate from others, it is necessary for everyone involved to have an understanding of the interdependent nature of the treatment and recovery process.


Creating and maintaining a community that actively fosters a recovery culture is one of the most powerful ways to introduce patients and their families to a sustainable recovery that is based on mutual care and support.


This, along with group therapy, will prepare them to take up the support offered by the anonymous mutual-aid fellowships (AA, NA, etc.) after they leave treatment.

Our Culture


We are aware at all times of two competing and conflicting cultures: that of addiction and recovery.  We work every day to increase resistance to the insidiously destructive potential of addiction by fostering a strong recovery culture in every aspect of the life and work of Recal.


Everyone involved has to be able to understand and recognise how addiction will find a way to undermine the recovery purpose if the community becomes inattentive to this possibility. There is a parallel with infection control in a hospital treating purely physical ailments.