New leaf rehab centre, salutogenic approach to rehabilitation, improving health in rehab facilities through the lens of salutogenic design

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Elyasi, Sima
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Dependence and addiction to substances are chronic diseases and major health issues worldwide. Prolonged substance use can cause irreversible damage to both physical and mental health and can even lead to death. Despite advancements in medical treatment for chronic disease, individuals struggling with addiction may still be at risk of relapse due to a lack of a supportive environment. This practicum examines the application of salutogenic theory in interior design, focusing on a rehabilitation centre for substance use. The salutogenic concept, rooted in Aaron Antonovsky's work, emphasizes the promotion of health and well-being rather than the mere absence of disease. In the challenging environment of substance use rehabilitation, where the journey to recovery is both physical and psychological, the significance of recovery and a supportive interior environment cannot be overstated. The study explores the fundamental principles of salutogenic design to create spaces that promote a sense of coherence for individuals receiving treatment. The purpose is to develop a framework to integrate salutogenic concepts into interior design practice. Key components of the proposed framework include the use of natural surroundings, the promotion of sensory engagement, the establishment of privacy and communal spaces, and the incorporation of therapeutic design elements. This project seeks to establish evidence-based design guidelines to enhance the healing process for substance use within rehabilitation centres through a synthesis of literature review, case studies, and site analysis.
Salutogenic theory, Rehabilitation centre, Chronic diseases, Sense of coherence, Substance use, Supportive environment