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Therapeutic Programme EXODOS: Counselling Centre of Nea Ionia, Volos (Central Greece)

Quality level: 1

Summary

The primary objective of the Centre is to inform and motivate drug users in order to enroll into therapy. Moreover, it aims at harm reduction, since most of the clients are liable to high risk behaviours.

Type of intervention:
treatment
Sub-area:
drug free treatment
Setting:
Type of approach:
Target group:
adults
Age group:
Annual coverage:
124
Substances addressed:
cannabis, opiates, alcohol, cocaine and derivatives, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation
Country:
Greece
Start date:
01/05/1991
End date:

Overall objective

The general aim of the centre is to motivate, sensitise, prepare and refer drug users to the therapeutic community of the programme EXODOS, as well as to reduce drug-related harm.

Abstract

The Counselling Centre of Nea Ionia Volos of the Therapeutic Programme EXODOS (KETHEA) was founded in May 1991. The particular Centre meets the drug users' and their families' needs for therapy in the wider area of the Municipality of Magnisia, Sporades and Fthiotida (Central Greece). The prior lack of similar centres in the region had as a result for drug users not to have any therapeutic options or to have to go away from their place of residence in order to enrol in treatment. The services of this information and admission centre are multiple and multi-level since they are addressed to: - drug users who wish to enrol into the Therapeutic Community, - drug users who do not wish to enrol in treatment, - the families and relatives of drug users and - the wider community. In this vain, the actions of the Centre aim at treatment or motivation to seek treatment, harm reduction as well as provision of information and awareness raising for the wider public. The Counselling Centre constitutes the first phase of a complete multi-phase programme, where the user makes his/her first contact with the treatment programme. The population approaching the Centre is usually barely or not at all motivated for treatment. The primary objective of the Centre is to inform and motivate drug users in order to enrol into therapy. Moreover, it aims at harm reduction, since most of the clients are liable to high-risk behaviours and are hardly informed on their health situation. In the Centre, the needs of drug users are assessed, while the users are referred to services on or off site. The first therapeutic contract is concluded and drug users commit themselves to reduce drug use and abstain from delinquency. After that, the users are placed to groups in order to prepare for the admission to the therapeutic community.

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