Picture: 8 communities and organizations taking part in the working group: Dianova (Spain), Popov GGZ (Belgium), ECAD (Sweden), Basta (Sweden), Stjena (Croatia), Udruga Institut Pula (Croatia), Udruga San Patrignano Association Parents Split (Croatia)and Ceis in Rome.
A week in May, 16-19, was devoted to the Triple R study visit to Centro Italiano di Solidarieta don Mario Picchi, CEIS, in Rome.
The framework of the study visit reflected the need to understand the Italian rehabilitative model based on the "Progetto Uomo" ( "Project Man") ideals. A project "Man" has historically opened new opportunities for recovery in Italy, promoted acceptance for differences among the clients of the community, perceiving addiction as a humanity disease, different for each and everyone.
Basta Nykvarn – a social enterprise - was the first stop of the RRR visit to Sweden to study the social mobilisation of the former addicts. Social enterprise as Basta Nykvarn is unique for Sweden and Swedish drug policy climate. It has nothing to do with standard rehabilitation programmes, psychological therapy or 12-steps programmes, according to Basta`s founder, Alec Carlberg.
The project study visit to Barcelona, Spain, February 29 – March 3, was full of intense discussions and project group work. We have focused on the key project concepts: Rehabilitation, Recovery and Reinsertion. A stimulating discussion among the partners resulted in developing the definitions of a person in recovery, a recovered individual, reinsertion and reintegration and many more.
The first study visit was made to the city of Ghent in Belgium in order to investigate a unique practice of drug courts in action. The visit was hosted by a Belgian NGO Popov GGZ, a consultation platform on mental health, including addiction.
We were welcome in Ghent City Hall and met the city Drug Policy Coordinator, Mr Filip De Sager, Provincial Drug Policy Coordinator, Mr. Bert Mostien and the heart of the Ghent Drug Court system, its liaison coordinator Mr. Alphonse Franssen.