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EN DRASI Therapeutic Programme: Support Centre for Drug Users in Prisons (Korydallos Judicial Men's Prisons and Psychiatric Division of Korydallos Prisons, Athens)

Quality level: 1

Summary

The objective of the project is the establishment of a therapeutic alliance that will enable the imprisoned drug user to become aware of his condition, to acknowledge the factors that led him to drug use, and to choose among the possible alternative ways to start treatment. This is achieved through the creation of self-help groups for the imprisoned drug users population in two Athen prisons.

Type of intervention:
interventions in the criminal justice system
Sub-area:
assistance to drug users in prison
Setting:
prison
Type of approach:
self help, offenders
Target group:
adults
Age group:
Annual coverage:
250
Substances addressed:
cannabis, opiates, cocaine and derivatives, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation, process evaluation
Country:
Greece
Start date:
01/05/1995
End date:

Overall objective

Referral and admission to a treatment programme. This general objective includes the establishment of a therapeutic alliance that will enable the imprisoned drug user to become aware of his/her condition, to acknowledge the factors that led him/her to drug use, and to choose among the possible alternative ways to start treatment.

Abstract

Self-help groups in the Korydallos Judicial Men's Prisons and the Psychiatric Division of Korydallos (Athens) have been implemented by KETHEA since 1987. Nowadays these groups -along with the self-help groups in the Korydallos Prisons for Women- have been integrated into the programme run by the "Support Centre for Drug Users in Prisons" of the Therapeutic Programme EN DRASI, which is addressed to detained drug users within prisons of Attica. The participation criteria in this particular programme (i.e. self-help groups in the Korydallos Judicial Men's Prisons and the Psychiatric Division of Korydallos Prisons) are the following: a) the imprisoned drug users to be under 45 years old, b) their drug dependence to constitute a primary problem, and c) to be verdict-free of murder or rape. The specific objectives of the programme are: a) motivation of the detained drug user to ask for treatment and b) harm reduction. Secondary objectives of the programme concern support in the harsh living conditions of prison, the creative occupation of the imprisoned drug users, expression of their feelings, the achievement of a therapeutic relationship and alliance, the preparation for entering a therapeutic community, as well as information and support for the inmates' parents. Within the framework of the programme, the following aims are also pursued: realisation of the problems leading to drug use, support of the effort to change lifestyle, drug use reduction and abstinence, abstinence from delinquent behaviour and motivation in terms of health issues. For this purpose, the programme operates self-help groups and organises seminars and group activities (such as games, feasts and events). The principles of the motivational interviewing, of group counselling - self help groups and of therapeutic community, as well as the model of behaviour change (Prochaska and Diclemente) are the theoretical basis of the programme.

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