Inpatient and outpatient substance abuse therapy
Evangelisches Haus Hadersdorf – Wobes. Medical, psychological and psychotherapeutic
health clinic and sanatorium Schweizer Haus Hadersdorf (SHH) GmbH


Schweizer Haus Hadersdorf (SHH) is an institution for inpatient and outpatient substance abuse therapy. It is our objective to support addicted persons who are on the road to substance abstinence and to help them re-integrate into society by offering them counselling, medical treatment and short- and medium-term therapies.
We have an experienced team of doctors, social workers, psychotherapists, clinical psychologists and occupational therapists to call on, delivering both inpatient treatment and downstream intensive decentralised care.
SHH was founded in 1997 by the Protestant Orphan Support Association Vienna (Evangelischer Waisenversorgungsverein Wien) and the Association for the Creation of Housing – Wobes (Verein zur Wohnraumbeschaffung – Wobes). SHH is an institution recognised under Article 15 of the Substance Act (Suchtmittelgesetz, SMG).


  • PRE-CARE: Pre-care, including information and counselling for relatives and friends, takes place at the pre care center (SHH Vorbetreuung) Arbeitergasse 4, centrally located in Vienna’s 5th district.
  • INPATIENT THERAPY: Schweizer Haus Hadersdorf (SHH), an old house surrounded by a big park in the 14th district on the outskirts of Vienna, is where the first phase of inpatient treatment takes place. SHH provides space for up to 30 patients, who are accommodated in small flats.

Followed by:

  • OUTPATIENT DAY CARE: It is again the SHH Vorbetreuung in the 5th district that organises care during the second, outpatient day care phase of therapy. In its immediate vicinity there is an outpatient treatment clinic, offering programmes for structuring the patient’s day, training and leisure activities.
  • OUTPATIENT THERAPY: The SHH Vorbetreuung also offers outpatient psychotherapeutically weekly treatment.


  • Therapeutic treatment is geared to short- and medium-term therapies.
  • Usually the complete therapy takes a full year and comprises two phases:
  • Phase 1: A six-month inpatient stay at SHH including intensive group and individual therapies, medical care, social-worker services and occupational therapy, sports and leisure activities.
  • Phase 2: The inpatient stay at SHH is followed by another six-month semi-inpatient period of continuing therapy.
  • Outpatient day care or decentralised means that patients are obliged to continue with their therapeutic programmes throughout the second phase of their therapy although they are already living in their own homes or in housing provided for them. There is an intensive scheme of follow-up social work and psychological monitoring, and group and individual therapies continue. On re-integration, patients are supplied with programmes to help them structure their day, are offered a range of leisure activities, and receive support in finding a job or obtaining vocational training.
  • This form of care far exceeds the scope of ordinary outpatient provision.
  • Should a crisis situation arise during the decentralised phase of therapy, it is possible to re-admit a person as an inpatient for a few days or weeks at short notice any time without the therapy being interrupted.
  • SHH is the only institution in Austria and one of very few in Europe where substitution treatment is also possible on an inpatient basis. Though abstinence is the ultimate goal, experience shows that many substance-dependent persons are not able to achieve it in one go.
  • The SHH concept sets great store by the acquisition of everyday life skills. Apart from being placed in sheltered workshops, the patients are assisted and supported in coping with the demands of everyday life. This was a further reason for establishing SHH on the outskirts of Vienna.
  • This relatively low-threshold scheme enables substance-dependent people who are often otherwise out of reach to be provided with intensive therapeutic treatment.
  • After finishing the complete therapy programme, patients have the option of remaining in outpatient care, if they so wish.
  • In special cases or to comply with court-imposed conditions, it is also possible to miss out a phase and enter directly the semi-inpatient phase or to go straight to outpatient treatment.


Registration and information:

Pre-care – outpatient therapy
Arbeitergasse 4
1050 Vienna / Austria
P +43 (1) 967 47 42
F +43 (1) 967 47 42 – 13
Office hours: Monday – Friday 09.00 a.m. – 02.00 p.m. and by prior arrangement

ambulatory hours without prior arrangement
Monday and Wednesday 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon

Pre-care for prisoners
Office hours: by prior arrangement
P +43 650 967 47 42
F +43 (1) 967 47 42 – 13
Office hours by prior arrangement

Schweizer Haus Hadersdorf – SHH

Evangelisches Haus Hadersdorf – WOBES, Medizinische, Psychologische und Psychotherapeutische Gesundheits- und Heilstätte, Schweizer Haus Hadersdorf (SHH) GmbH
Mauerbachstrasse 34
A – 1140 Vienna / Austria
P +43 (1) 979 10 83
F +43 (1) 979 18 83 – 30