Read more: EU Recovery project - update on study visit to Rome



A week in May, 16-20, was devoted to the EU project (Triple R) study visit to Rome and Centro Italiano di Solidarieta don Mario Picchi, or CEIS.

Triple RRR project has now its own website, click here for a detailed project description and all study visits.

The framework of the study visit reflected the need to understand the Italian rehabilitative model based on the "Progetto Uomo" ( "Project Man") ideals. A project "Man" has historically opened new opportunities for recovery in Italy, promoted acceptance for differences among the clients of the community, perceiving addiction as a humanity disease, different for each human being.

There are 1200 drug treatment communities in Italy and in 2015 there were 90 000 persons in treatment.
Italian perspective over the public and private governance in the rehabilitation of drug users has been oriented to the Christian and family values. It was developed with some assistance from the Vaticane,  explained CEIS Area coordinators, Massimo Caciolo and Andrea Pilloni.

"Project Man" implies that the more responsibility one gets as the treatment evolves, the less control is exercised on the way.
We were intorduced to the Progetto Uomo rehabilitation model applied at 2 therapeutic communities, at San Carlo residential facility in Castelgandolfo and at Santa Maria therapeutic Community. Both communities apply the 3-phase model  (physical intervention, phychological therapy and consciencious involvement) but have different residential programmes that can last 18-20 months.
Among therapy goals are individual autonomy (reaching autonomy, not sobriety (!)), remodelling cognitive maps (meaning that treatment centre is a place of awareness and care, where clients get their pharmacotherapy gradually decreased in a protected environment; and reshape their family relationships), and rapid resocialization.

 The project partners were involved in a psychodrama, reflecting a process of rapid resocialization. It is a technique to visualize in a graphic way a relationship in a group at one specific moment. The parameters used are "attraction" and "rejection".
We also had a glimpse into the double-diagnosis treatment by ECO programme.

The project partners worked on reorganizing the work load,  finalizing the main concepts for the manuals and set some new deadlines for the work on the Triple R Project publications on Rehabilitation, Recovery and Reinsertion as well as for the justice intervention handbook.


ECAD looks forward to publishing and spreading the manuals on Rehabilitation, Recovery and Reinsertion - the joint work of 4 established recovery communities in the EU and a handbook on Justice Intervention - the experience and knowledge of Drug Courts in Belgium put in print this autumn.

This is the first output of the RRR project that will be presented and spread at the EU headquarters in Brussels at the beginning of 2017.














ECAD invites all interested social workers, politicians, students, researchers, forensic scientists, policemen and teachers to our second project conference Why do most drug-related deaths occur in the Baltic Sea region?  in Tallinn, this Friday, May 27.

We shall take up the impact of new psychoactive substances in the Baltic Sea region, drug-induced deaths and highest mortality rates in the EU. The topic is mostly actual for Sweden and Estonia, and for our Latvian partners to a certain extent.

We will discuss the growing number of fatal outcomes as a result of drug overdoses in Estonia, Latvia and Sweden. To what extent does new psychoactive substances contribute to total mortality rates and why do most drug-related deaths occur in the Baltic Sea Region?
ECAD will also present a recent prevention project tackling the use of Spice in the southern Sweden. Maybe your city would like to join?

The Conference is arranged in cooperation with Tallinn City Council. We have the honour to use the beautiful Jaan Poska residence, at Jaan Poska str. 8 as our Conference Venue.

Conference Programme for download (PDF)

Warm welcome to Tallinn!


gamla Tallinn






Kian Reme, ECAD Chairman, has been recently interviewed in Norwegian newspaper (Aftenbladet.no). Kian Reme
He expressed his vision of Norwegian drug policy, affected to a great extent by ideological polemics and myths.

A notorious "Norwegian drug policy has failed" is one of such myths.  The truth is much more complex. Having a vision of a society free from drugs and having a vision of zero deaths in traffic are safety policies with much in common, states Kian in the article.


 Read the whole interview in Norwegian here.


 


 

Dear Mayor Conference guests,

in order to make it easier for you to find the Conference venue (Eiganesveien 64) , Welcome Reception on Sunday (at Ledaal, Eiganesveiein 45), Conference Dinner  on Monday (at Olavskleivå 25, Klubben), and Skagenkaien for the Boat Tour on Wednesday we have prepared a map for you down here.


Read more: Conference logistics in Stavanger
Klick here to view the map: Conference logistics

Your Hotels,Thon Hotel Maritim and Scandic Forum, are on map too. We hope you will find it useful.

ECAD Executive Board Meeting will take place on Sunday at 16.00 at Övre Kleive Gate 15, close to Klubben, is also on the map.


Map for Stavanger Conference logistics (klick here)










Read more: Full Support to the Drug Control Conventions at the UNThe UN General Assembly convened in New York City last week to reaffirm the global commitment to the international drug conventions.

These conventions, created to prevent and reduce drug use worldwide, remain the cornerstone of global drug policy.


ECAD was present at the meetings among over 300 NGOs that came together at the UN in New York to support the policy of drug prevention with the message:
"Prevent. Don`t Promote".

"Prevent. Don't Promote." is a campaign sponsored by numerous organizations that support the UN international drug conventions and want to see a public health and safety based policy centered on the prevention of drug use and drug problems.

A new discussion paper on the Future of Drug Policy was issued and distributed at the event in collaboration with Drug Policy Futures. It is a concise version of the certain aspects of the report "Future of Drug Policy - Real Solutions Grounded in Global Evidence", published at the end of last year and available at http://drugpolicyfutures.org
The Future of Drug Policy Discussion Paper is available at ECAD Head Office.

"Despite the rhetoric about rifts in the global consensus on drug policy, the reality on the ground is the UN and member states are upholding principles in line with the drug conventions,"  remarked our Secretary General Erik Leijonmarck.
 "Moreover, this same misleading rhetoric obscures the real progress being made to scale up public health interventions in drug policy."

Though NGOs were supportive of the meeting and outcome, there remains room for improvement on international drug policy.





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ECAD's activities from year to year culminate in the annual ECAD Mayors Conference, hosted by a distinct ECAD member city every summer. Councillors and other politicians and policymakers convene with academics and civil society organizations to participate in seminars and study visits, discussing the latest developments in drug prevention efforts throughout Europe.



MAYORS` CONFERENCE 2017



 “Safe Cities Without Drugs. Preventing, Protecting, Policing”:

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On June 12-13, the city of Kaunas hosts ECAD Annual Mayors`s Conference 2017.

Please register before May 1, 2017 by filling in the Booking Form and returning it back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Best Western Santaka Hotel and The Kaunas Hotel are available for ECAD conference guests at a special negotiated price by May 1, 2017.

You book your accomodation yourself, contact your chosen hotel and state that yours is an ECAD booking.


It is very convenient to use both hotels` shuttle service offer to get to Kaunas if you arrive at Vilnius airport. The proximity between these 2 cities is around 100 km. The shuttle service costs 80 € and you will receive this offer when your booking is received and approved by the hotel you choose.

Kaunas in summer is a wonderful place to be, the old city is often called a "Paris in a miniature" and the city has been announced as the European capital of culture.
Use this opportunity to get to know more about Kaunas and the ways of preventing, protecting and policing safe cities this June!


FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT (PDF)
 
Conference Booking Form

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Kaunas Castle
Picture: @Rokas Tenys



Warm welcome to Kaunas, Lithuania!



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