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Community addiction prevention

Quality level: 1


A selective community programme targeting vulnerable young people, implemented in seven local communities of Lublin and Pulawy in eastern Poland.

Type of intervention:
Type of approach:
community involvement
Target group:
family/parents, adults, children/young people
Age group:
Annual coverage:
Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, opiates, alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine and derivatives, amphetamines, methamphetamines, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation, process evaluation
Start date:
End date:

Overall objective

The major aim of the programme is to reduce the development of pathological and antisocial behaviours in social pathology endangered children finishing primary and lower secondary schools as well as secondary school graders with particular emphasis placed on use of psychoactive substances. The programme also aims to create favourable psychosocial development conditions for these persons in their local community. First, it should be direct assistance to social pathology endangered children and youth. Second, it should be intervention in a local community (local authorities, residents, institutions, parents) that would promote increasing chances of the correct development in this community.


The communities where Kuznia performed its activities cover large human groupings - areas of blocks of flats, housing estates in eastern Poland. In recent years these areas have been witnessing social transformation related to a number of new trends such as unemployment, increased consumption among adults and youth, neglecting emotional development and hygiene of mental health, principle of "fast pleasure". These phenomena form the basis for a host pf pathological behaviours which manifest themselves in new and frequently surprising ways. It also concerns the specific contact with psychoactive substances, changes in the drug scene and naturally the change in the motivation to take drugs, especially in experimenting users. In this case the programme to be implemented must identify new drug trends in the community and provide for adequate assistance in a new situation. This task is a challenge planned for many years to come, not always understood by representatives of local communities.

The PDF contains the full intervention description including additional contact information.


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