Addiction

 

  

Dianova advocates for long term addiction treatment at the united nations

Vienna – In the framework of the annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), Dianova International organized a parallel event to present the treatment implemented at Can Parellada therapeutic community (Barcelona, Spain) and the relevance of long-term programs in treating addiction.

The session took place on Thursday 20th March at the building of the United Nations, and was moderated by Ms. Elena Goti (Dianova International). The event was primarily intended for representatives of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), technicians from various countries as well as for NGO representatives working in this field.

Marta Bonet and Esther Martos, both psychologists at Can Paerellada presented the organization Dianova, the profile of the residents and focused on Dianova's intervention models as well as on the activities implemented during each stage of treatment process. One of the distinctive elements of Dianova's treatment program is its individualized nature, with characteristics tailored to each person's needs and expectations.

Moreover, they presented the various activities implemented for the residents and their objectives. These include individualized and group psychotherapy, relapse prevention group sessions, occupational and arts and crafts workshops, leisure activities, internal and external training and activities to support the residents' upcoming social and professional reintegration.

One of the crucial elements of Can Parellada´s treatment program is that it requires time. In our culture of immediacy and in today's challenging economic times this element has almost been dismissed. Nevertheless, as Marta Bonet explained, time is a key element to achieve one's rehab successfully. It takes time to assess the overall problems residents are confronted with and to design a specific, individualized treatment plan. Furthermore, the brain needs time to stabilize and recover. Finally, residents need time to acquire healthy life-styles.

The participants were very active in the Q&A and they requested more information on the relapse prevention programs, admission procedures, frequence of activities, the needs of the residents, etc. The representative of the Greek NGO Kethea referred to the presentation as a ¨breath of fresh air¨ as it is unusual to address long-term treatment programs in a time where short-term and substitution treatments tend to prevail.