Alcohol, cigarettes and medications


– A large building to house
those known here as “life’s downtrodden”. – I have addiction problems,
but I’m here because I’d like to retake
my driving test. I have to get myself off
medication: benzodiazepines. As an outpatient or on my own,
it’s difficult for me because I know lots of people
who use these products. – Here, behind what looks like a farm
is a hospital where people can get away from temptation, and especially where they can take a break
and wean themselves from their addictions. But they have to do so voluntarily. – Hospitalization is often linked
to the patient recognizing the behaviour associated with substance use, and the difficulty
in socializing and integrating. – Behind these dependencies are
everyday substances. – We have very young people, as well as people of retirement age. They range from company directors
to people who live on the streets. – Most are French-speaking. Around 10 out of 1,000 people in western Switzerland have to be hospitalized. Jura tops the
list. The numbers have remained
stable in recent years. – There is a divide between French- and German-speaking Switzerland. We don’t have explanations,
but we do have theories. It’s easy to think that alcohol is more widely associated with convivial
get-togethers in western Switzerland. – In this large building, the period of hospitalization
is limited. – This isn’t
my first stay, and the health insurance pays
for about one month. People often leave without having
completely finished their treatment. If they complete it outside
it often ends badly. – After the detox in a closed hospital
environment comes a “cure”. An open environment
where danger is never far away. Treatment paid for by invalidity insurance,
social services or the patients themselves.