A-Clinic Foundation

The A-Clinic Foundation provides substance abuse prevention and expert services that help to reduce substance abuse and other social and health problems. It is a non-profit and non-governmental organization. The central office in Helsinki is involved in national and international activities in the fields of prevention, information and development. The NGO activities are mainly funded by grants from The Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations (STEA).

The A-Clinic Foundation has over 100 employees. The Foundation’s daughter company A-klinikka Ltd offers treatment and rehabilitation services that are used annually by 13 000 clients. Our e-services reach over 320 000 monthly users.

The guiding principles of the A-Clinic Foundation are the respect for human dignity, confidentiality, tolerance and responsibility.

Web services and research activities

The A-Clinic Foundation works to improve the prevention and treatment of substance abuse - including the area of doping substances - and mental health problems. The Foundation carries out research and provides the general public with a broad range of web services. We publish reports and a journal on substance abuse prevention and treatment titled Tiimi and a peer-reviewed r-journal titled Tietopuu Tutkimussarja.

Our researchers take part to international co-operation and publish also in English. Research activities include New Psychoactive Substances, psychosocial wellbeing, affected family members, doping in recreational sports, opioid substitution treatment, and risk for criminality or early death of patients with SUD. Short description of current research and links to publications is presented here.

Our web services provide support for treatment work and prevent alcohol and addiction problems by disseminating information. AddictionLink is Finland’s most popular site dealing with substance abuse and addiction. The aim is to help people make use of their own resources and to lower the threshold for seeking support and assistance. On-line support groups are an important way of offering help throughout the country.

Long history in providing training for professionals 

We have a long history of a central role in providing training in addiction work methods and other specialised skills for health care and social work professionals. Today many on-line courses are offered. The aim of our development and research work is often to test the applicability of new prevention, treatment or rehabilitation methods in the context of the current alcohol and drug situation in Finland.

Welfare policy advocacy and the provision of expert services are an integral part of our mission. The Foundation is particularly active in projects and networks involving substance abuse education, utilizing new information techniques, drug use prevention and harm reduction, child protection, poverty and marginalisation.

The A-Clinic Foundation was established in 1955 by 16 organisations, including medical and public health, temperance movement and social welfare organisations, and bodies representing the state alcohol monopoly, alcohol research and non-governmental alcoholism treatment services. By offering voluntary outpatient treatment, A-clinics were a counterbalance to the compulsory residential treatment provided by the government and local authorities.

Over the years, outpatient A-clinics have been established throughout the country. In addition, a range of other specialised addiction services, for example inpatient rehabilitation and residential services, are available. At usual health station one can find information about different services and possibilities available. 

In general, specialised addiction services in Finland address any substance-related problem. Problem gambling and other non-chemical dependencies can also be treated within the same services. In most cases, treatment services also engage in preventive work.