In 2017 in Poland, 10% of people aged 15-34 used narcotics (National Bureau for Drug Prevention, 2018). Support intended for addicts in clinics focuses on treating addiction to psychoactive substances and cross addiction (narcotics and alcohol). This is due to limited funds and other factors. Patients often have accompanying addictions such as internet abuse, gambling, and compulsive sexual behaviour. Accompanying addictions prevent a habit being overcome permanently. A large number of MONAR patients are people from the criminal community and/or football hooligans community, often displaying intolerant and discriminatory behaviour linked to racism, antisemitism, xenophobia, and homophobia.
The project addresses insufficient behavioural addiction therapy for people being treated for addiction at the MONAR clinics in Ostrołęka and Lipianka.
We will conduct group and one-on-one classes on behavioural addiction (sex, the internet, gambling) prevention and therapy, and on money management. Two mothers with an addiction problem will have one-on-one meetings with a child psychologist (each of five hours). We also envisage six meetings (two in the Ostrołęka and Lipianka clinics, and two in other MONAR clinics) with live books – people in groups at risk of discrimination (such as refugees, non-heteronormative people). We will also organize two meetings with young people of school-leaving age and a conference summarizing the measures.
There will be support for social reintegration of people at two addiction clinics in Ostrołęka and Lipianka and a reduction in discriminatory behaviour in this environment.
The measures will cover 60 people in treatment for addiction at MONAR clinics.
The partner – Stowarzyszenie MONAR – will assist in recruiting participants and conducting the activities.