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Multiple Intervention Centre EXELIXIS: OFF CLUB Support Centre for Drug Users

Quality level: 1

Summary

The drop-in centre was set up in 1995 in order to provide support and care to drug users who do not wish to enter a treatment programme and belong to marginalised groups such as the homeless, ex-prisoners and prostitutes. The service aims to reduce drug related harm and to improve the living conditions of the drug users.

Type of intervention:
harm reduction
Sub-area:
Setting:
low threshold service
Type of approach:
Target group:
adults
Age group:
Annual coverage:
245
Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, opiates, cocaine and derivatives, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
process evaluation
Country:
Greece
Start date:
01/05/1995
End date:

Overall objective

The overall purpose of the programme is to reduce drug-related harm by providing specific support services to drug users that enable them to improve life quality and to better manage difficult living conditions.

Abstract

The Drop-in centre ("OFF CLUB") of the Multiple Intervention Centre (KETHEA) was established in May 1995 in order to provide support and care to drug users who do not wish to enter into a treatment programme and who belong to particularly marginalised groups (i.e., homeless, discharged prisoners, prostitutes). The programme covers the drug users' basic needs of nutrition, clothing, individual hygiene (i.e., facilities to have a bath, to clean and dry their clothes) and it provides psychological support and counselling. Thus, the overall purpose of the programme is to reduce drug-related harm and to improve the living conditions of drug users. Motivational interviewing as well as the Diclemente-Prochaska's and social learning models are employed in order to achieve the specific objectives of the programme. The methods applied are individual and group sessions, seminars on health issues, self-help groups and creative occupation activities. In 2002, 245 drug users received the Centre's services, while the total number of contacts was 772. According to the data from the questionnaire on participants' satisfaction, the majority (77.4%) indicated that they were "very" to "very much" satisfied with the overall service of the drop-in centre. 61.3% of drug users reported that they felt "very" to "very much" supported on health issues and 67% were "very" to "very much" satisfied with the nutrition and clothing services.

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