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Substitution Treatment Unit A of Thessaloniki

Quality level: 1

Summary

The aim of this programme is the demand reduction of opiates, the improvement of physical health, the re-establishment of social and family relations and the development of professional skills. Alongside the methadone prescription, psychosocial support is also provided.

Type of intervention:
treatment
Sub-area:
drug free treatment,pharmacologically assisted treatment
Setting:
Type of approach:
Target group:
adults
Age group:
Annual coverage:
Substances addressed:
opiates
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation
Country:
Greece
Start date:
01/01/1996
End date:

Overall objective

Methadone substitution aiming at psychological recovery. Vocational rehabilitation, improvement of family relationships and of physical health, enhancement of self-image as well as of their possibilities.

Abstract

The 1st Methadone Substitution Unit of Thessaloniki was created due to the increase of drug users, of illegal substances and of drug-related deaths. These factors led to the necessity to test a new approach of the problem. It first began in 1996 as a pilot programme on the grounds of similar programmes abroad. It was implemented by national bodies in co-operation with specialized scientific personnel. This programme is addressed to drug users with previous unsuccessful attempts for treatment, with serious physical problems and difficulties in the social and family relations. The aim of this programme is the demand reduction of opiates, the improvement of physical health, the re-establishment of social and family relations and the development of professional skills. In par with the substitute's prescription, psychosocial support is also provided. After the first year of implementation and the evaluation which is conducted, improvement in all the above mentioned factors has been confirmed.

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