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Phaedon Kaloterakis * in an interview for the project “Rules of Life” tells about the most important things in life. How not to lose passion for what you do and how to be enthusiastic at 61, how the economic crisis affects addictive behavior, as well as music, poetry and sports.

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Phaedon Kaloterakis has been working in drug addiction treatment since the early 80s

When we talk about Greece, especially about Ancient Greece, we have associations. Usually it is mythology, the Olympic Games, philosophy, democracy, maybe something else. The rich heritage of Greece has benefited many nations. We hope that today we will be able to take something from you.

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We have already written about how one works with addictions in Russian prisons. More information can be found here. Now in “Their Experience” we are telling about how it is in Greece. Our plot is about “KETHEA PROMITHEAS” project. About the part of the program which is in the prison in Diavata (Greece). “PROMETHEAS” itself includes consultative, rehabilitation and reintegration services to imprisoned and former imprisoned which are dependent from narcotic substances not only in some prisons but also outside them.

We have been waiting for twenty years in order to open this program here”, – says Phaedon Kaloterakis *.

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In our column named “Their experience” there is a new topic – this time we talk about the Greek project “KETHEA ITHAKI“. Over 35 years they help drug users in Greece. Today this is a powerful organization which consists of 120 units (departments), has not only the annual budget of 18 mln Euro but also most important its services are absolutely free for users.

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Today in our rubric “their experience” is the story about the Macedonian project HOPS – Healthy Options Project Skopje https://hops.org.mk/. This organization has been working in the field of assistance for addicts for more than 20 years. How it all began, what are the needs of vulnerable groups today, how to avoid professional burnout about this and not only in our story from Macedonia.

*Macedonian shooting— a way, a method of conducting a fight with fire-arms, most often with pistols. Assumes the fight with two hands. Such a method provides duplication of firepower of the shot.


HOPS is not only condoms and needles, it is also a social work, doctors and changing of articles in laws.

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In the beginning of September, the “Foundations of Consulting People with addictions to psychoactive Substances and the Relatives of Those People” webinar was held.

This is only a part of “Let’s Be Acquainted” big project (more information on the project on https://www.protivnarko.ru/bf-sv-prav-ioanna-kronshtadtskogo-nachal-novyiy-proekt-budem-znakomyi/). The aim of the course is to give a set of basic knowledge enough for launch of consultation point (room).

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The sociologists state: the average age of familiarizing the drugs is 15 years old, the informed decision of stopping to take drugs is 30 years old.

According to sociological survey which was held within “5:0 za horata” project this September, the average age of starting use drugs is 15,45 years old and the informed decision to stop their use comes in average at 29,84 years old.

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In our “their experience” column today we will talk about help to people with addictions, who are in prison now.

In December 2013 Federal Service of Execution of Punishments of Russia (FSEP) opened the first in its structure center for rehabilitation of drug addicted who are guarded (convicted persons, accused and addicted). The center is situated in psychiatric hospital near the city investigation insulator #2, more well-known as “Butyrka”.

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Lack of necessary knowledge, skills and the right understanding of Orthodox approach to rehabilitation by staff will become a serious obstacle to giving qualitative help to people with addictions.

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“5:0 za horata” («5:0 in our favor»): how does one initiative which has united over 200 people from different countries can help people with addictions? We will try to explain that!

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participants of the tournament “5: 0 za horata”

The fifth football tournament “5:0 zahorata” was held in September. This project really helps people that are addictedto alcohol and other narcotic substances. Yet one can hardly solve all theproblems.

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Footballer Bryan Idowu for the interview project:

Personally I am lucky in sad moments and in stressful situations: first of all I am surrounded by good people but I also try to think positively.

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We are continuing the interview project “Life Rules”. In this project we tell human stories about famous people. We are interested in what drives them in minutes of victories and defeats, who inspires them and why they do not give up. We consider that their experience and their opinion can help those who want to change their way of life and refuse from pernicious drug use and other addictions. (more…)

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