The Therapeutic Community (TC) is a temporary connection, whereby the idea of self-help may apply as a central element. TC is not only understood as the coexistence and cooperation of therapeutic staff and previously addictive patients, but also as a community of responsibility and interests.
Even 80 years after its creation, the TG is an important constant, especially for long-term addiction treatment. On the basis of a bio-psycho-social model of health and illness, attachment and social relationships play a crucial role in the therapeutic process. This applies especially to the long-term inpatient treatment, but also influences the therapeutic principles in the outpatient area.
A neuroscientifically informed attachment-based research approach can contribute to underpin the effectiveness of TG using empirical data in the future.