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In our “Their experience” column 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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Today in our “their experience” column the story on Portuguese project which is called IN-Mouraria http://www.gatportugal.org/projetos/inmouraria_1.

This is the drop-in center which is located in the block of Lisbon called Mouraria and was opened in 2012.

“I started to use drugs from 12 years old, today I use crack and hashish”, – says M. with a smile; according to her the total experience of drug use is over 30 years.

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This time we are summing up the results of «4:0 za horata» (4:0 to us)  tournament. We are making assessment to tournament as from the side of organizers, so from the side of direct participants, compare with the similar initiatives held in Russia, and look into the future with optimism. «4:0 za horata» (4:0 to us) – the project which shows that we actually can unite for the sake of our general purpose and to be competitors only on the football field.

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