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Therapeutic Programme EXODOS: Social Reintegration Programme

Quality level: 1

Summary

A Social Reintegration programme that focuses on relapse prevention, educational and vocational training, and building relationships with significant others. The programme also gives opportunities to participate in various activities which aim to avoid social marginalisation and to prevent negative stereotyping of drug users.

Type of intervention:
social reintegration
Sub-area:
Setting:
Type of approach:
Target group:
adults
Age group:
Annual coverage:
47
Substances addressed:
cannabis, opiates, cocaine and derivatives, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation
Country:
Greece
Start date:
01/02/1993
End date:

Overall objective

The programme aims at supporting drug users who have completed treatment, so that they can integrate into society as equal members. This includes the individual's active participation in the social community and his/her continuous personal development by acquiring a value system that consists of honesty, responsibility, collectively and personal progress.

Abstract

The Social Rehabilitation Centre of Thessalia constitutes the last phase of the Therapeutic Programme "EXODOS" and it has operated since February 1993 in Central Greece (Larissa). It was created in order to meet the need of social reintegration for those who complete the programme of the T.C. "EXODOS". The basic objective that underlines the programme is the active participation of the individual in the society and his/her continuous personal development by acquiring a value system that consists of honesty, responsibility, collectivism and personal progress. During attendance of the social reintegration programme, which lasts approximately 12 months, the members attempt rejoining their social environment and reintegrating into the society. This process presupposes the acquisition of a job. The participants have already overcome many of their difficulties and they have become aware of the positive aspects of their personality, so that they are ready to organise their life at occupational, social and personal level. The employment and the development of equal relations with significant others and the community deter the marginalisation of detoxificated ex-drug users. Since the mean age of the members decreases, the therapeutic programme lays special emphasis on the education and training of young adults. Hence, it offers members the possibility to continue their educational activities. Also, the programme owns a hostel for its members. The members participate in collective procedures through which self-management and mutual assistance are achieved in terms of practical issues and emotional support. In parallel the programme implements, in cooperation with the Unit for Family Counselling and Treatment, family sessions in order that the members redefine the relations with their family. Moreover, the members have many possibilities to participate to social and cultural local events in order to avoid their social marginalisation.

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