The leading provider of detoxification and treatment in Iceland


National Center of Addiction Medicine

SAA -National Center of Addiction Medicine was founded in October 1977. SAA runs a hospital and a detoxification clinic, Vogur, two outpatient units, treatment clinic and a social center. Around one hundred people are employed by SAA. SAA’s annual budget is around 1.300 million Icelandic kronur (approx. USD 10,0 million).

SAA is responsible for the bulk of all alcohol and drug abuse treatment in Iceland.

SAA is an NGO that operates a detoxification clinic and four inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers as well as a center for family services and a social center in Iceland.

SAA is the leading provider of addiction treatment and addiction medicine services in Iceland and an integrated part of the national health care system.

SAA services are delivered by a staff of experienced medical doctors, psychologists, registered nurses, nurse practitioners and licensed counselors.

Detoxification and treatment at SAA-facilities is readily available to the Icelandic public. Our exhaustive database tells us that we have already given treatment for substance use disorders to 10,6% of the country’s current population of men (15 years or older) and 4,5% of its current population of women (15 years or older).

Because of the easy and low-cost availability of our services, we estimate that about 50% of all those afflicted by substance use disorders in the country of Iceland have already received treatment at SAA facilities.


2.000 patients

Every year around 2.000 individuals are admitted to treatment clinics for alcohol and drug addicts in Iceland in addition to those seeking help in outpatient units. The needs of these patients are evaluated at The Vogur Hospital and Detoxification Clinic. Those seeking help are then directed to the appropriate treatment venues. Thus around 70% go on to further treatment offered by SAA after their stayt at Vogur Hospital, either at the two SAA Rehabilitation Clinics, at Vik and Stadarfell or at SAA outpatient units.