Our project addresses the shortage in Poland of reintegration programs for people who are socially excluded and addicted to drugs.
Social reintegration programs for drug users help to integrate former and current drug users into society. (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, 2012). In Poland, meanwhile, social reintegration of persons with addiction is limited to helping people who have been treated in on-site rehabilitation facilities who remain clean. It is therefore associated solely with post-rehabilitation. This narrow concept of social reintegration entails provision of places in hostels, adaptation residential facilities, and programs that provide support in abstinence. These programs are not available to groups of current drug users and the socially excluded, and this has implications for the quality of treatment (for example substitution treatment) and results in practice in thousands of people being denied help.
Our activities will be centered around Warsaw, in the Praga Północ district, which is Warsaw’s and Poland’s center for drug dealing and homelessness. We will provide integrated support: streetworker (outreach) activities, facilities to keep warm and take care of hygiene, a day center, overnight accommodation, therapy and legal support, treatment for addiction, support in a correction community (support group, hostel) and means of becoming self-reliant. We also envisage opening two adaptation residential facilities, a summer camp combining active recreation and education, and a social cooperative or non-profit company. We will provide training for three outreach volunteers to pursue self-advocacy activities.
60 vulnerable persons will benefit from various types of support in the project, and three people will learn self-advocacy skills.