Study on Cannabis Regulation.
The study was carried out with the participation of number of international experts on the subject, coming from different fields in connection to the regulation of cannabis (policy makers, prevention and intervention, research, civil society, etc.) whose stances on this issue were sometimes dramatically different, including the extremes of this debate and the intermediary points of consensus.
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Resumen ejecutivo (castellano) https://bit.ly/3oiE0R6
Complete version (English) https://bit.ly/3hJCx3x
Executive Summary (English) https://bit.ly/38ZhMgd
Résumé exécutif (français – the translation was provided free of charge by Marie Castel) https://bit.ly/2X65OMe
Addiction or social mandate?
Towards a gender perspective in the dependence field, by María Paula Capote, Social Worker at the Chanaes Comprehensive Treatment Centre for Youth and Adults with Dual Pathology, managed by the Fundación Dianova Uruguay
Including gender as a category in intervention means keeping in mind throughout the process the variables entailed by being a woman in a given sociohistorical context or moment. Addiction intervention has focused mainly on the drug itself and not on the consumer’s characteristics, and what really guarantees success in the therapeutic process is being able to problematize and intervene in the relationship that the person has established with the substance.
More about: https://www.dianova.org/publications/addiction-or-social-mandate/
Dianova took part in the 12th Annual Drug Addiction Conference organized by the Universitat de Barcelona and Projecte Home Catalunya.
☑️Lucia Goberna representing Dianova, presented some data that show the concerning trend of addictive behaviours among young people.
☑️Oriol Esculies, Director of Projecte Home Catalunya, who spoke about “the different sides of addiction” presenting eight real cases of people who are undergoing treatment, key aspects about the people to consider when designing interventions and the type of intervention and work that is being carried out with each of these people.
☑️Jordi Bernabeu, a Psychologist from the Mental Health Division of the Althaia Foundation in Manresa, delivered a very clear perspective on the abuse of ICTs.
More about: https://www.dianova.org/news/the-complex-phenomenon-of-addictions/
Drug Policies and Human Rights
Mainstreaming human rights in drug policies is essential to start building the post-COVID era.
- Rights closely linked to sustainable development.
- Violations of the human rights of people who use drugs.
- Death Penalty.
- Mainstreaming human rights in drug policies.
- Moving from rhetoric to practice.
More about https://www.dianova.org/news/drug-policies-and-human-rights/
World Children’s Day
A day to promote awareness among children worldwide, improve their welfare, and protect them from drugs, whether licit or not.
Red more: https://www.dianova.org/opinion/world-childrens-day/
Dianova participates in the 50th Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly as a representative of the American Drug Policy Coalition ADPC, and demands that addiction services be considered as essential.
The crisis brought on by the pandemic cannot be an excuse to neglect the needs of people in situations of problematic substance use.
Red more: https://www.dianova.org/news/voices-of-civil-society-in-the-americas/
How Rehab Can Make Life…Tastier!
In a space where Italian cooking tradition becomes a common denominator to foster dialogue, eleven differently-able persons in post-scholar age will receive weekly culinary training from Chef Nicola Ciammella and learn how to cook a full meal menu. At the same time, eight residents of Dianova Italia Onlus Palombara’s therapeutic community will have a one-hundred-hours practical course on how to make pizza from Scuola Mani in Pasta’s Masters Fabio Sociani and Marco Palma.
An example of how the business sector can collaborate with NGOs in favor of vulnerable groups.
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“Health and drug treatment services continue to fall short of needs and drug-related deaths have increased“. The Ministerial Declaration is definitive, it was approved in March 2019 by senior representatives in the field of drugs/health at the UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
✔️A very worrying situation regarding the scope of treatment.
✔️Numerous challenges for the future.
✔️Update of International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Use Disorders.
✔️Civil society voices
Red more: https://www.dianova.org/opinion/debating-the-future-of-treatment/
Strongly oriented towards mutual aid, the therapeutic community (TC) model is based on a method that pursues cognitive and behavioural change in the person with addictive disorders, and in which group therapy is a fundamental component.
Dianova in collaboration with Proyecto Hombre_ have written this text where they are presented:
✔️Basic Operating Principles
✔️TC-based addiction programmes
✔️Relationship with other Addiction Services, and
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As we celebrate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October, how far are we really from achieving this objective?
✔️The current situation and the dramatic impact of Covid-19
✔️Women and children are suffering most
✔️The efforts of the Dianova network
Red more: https://www.dianova.org/opinion/eradicating-poverty-still-a-distant-goal/
“The future we want, the United Nations we need”: The UN is called to reinvent itself in order to confront present and future challenges.
- The future we want.
- Global conversation.
- Tackling challenges through cooperation.
- Role of civil society.
-Red more: https://www.dianova.org/news/the-united-nations-we-need/
Interpersonal Trust as a Protective Factor for Mental Health
At what point do we stop making time for something as essential as connecting with each other?
Article from the Novasalud journal, 2020 edition – Novasalud is a center dedicated to providing specialized services in mental health and addiction through a multidisciplinary team.
Red more: https://www.dianova.org/news/interpersonal-trust-as-a-protective-factor-for-mental-health/
Individualism as a Barrier to Drug Reform
Understanding that individualism is as much a tool as an objective statement of fact, is vital when deciding on what drug policy to adopt.
By Michael Hepworth, Dianova Institutional Relations Department.
Red more: https://www.dianova.org/opinion/individualism-as-a-barrier-to-drug-reform/
In the context of COVID-19, ONG Dianova Chile. developed a novel self-care programme, a best practice recognised by the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe
In the wake of COVID-19 a sudden surge of teleworking practices appeared among addiction professionals. This has posed obvious challenges. Addiction professionals work with people whose profile is complex; in many cases they may also find themselves in risky social situations. Nevertheless, they must endeavour to establish supportive bonds with people in treatment, which implies an intensive commitment.
Red more: https://www.dianova.org/news/maintaining-the-psycho-emotional-health-of-addiction-professionals/
European Drug Report 2020: Highlights
COVID-19 disruption and a strong drug market bring new threats to health and security in Europe.
European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson says: “The European Drug Report 2020 underlines the dangers posed by the production and trafficking of illicit drugs to the health and security of EU citizens.”
Red more: https://www.dianova.org/news/european-drug-report-2020-highlights/
Recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic has been the priority theme of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), as will be the case next year.
Red more: https://www.dianova.org/news/hlpf-2020-the-pandemic-at-the-heart-of-debates/
By Andrea Ríos Rognone – The Dianova Foundation Uruguay administers various programmes addressing mental health issues, particularly the problematic use of psychoactive substances, in the areas of education, prevention and treatment. Dianova Uruguay is dedicated to developing activities that actively contribute to self-reliance and social progress, notably through human-rights based therapeutic programmes. People from all walks of life, various age groups and different social, economic and cultural backgrounds, benefit from these programmes.
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Beliefs and Mental Health.
If we feel that something is wrong, we should start to analyse our beliefs and identify which ones are really valid and which are not.
- How do we develop beliefs?
- We shall start by defining what a belief is.
- Where do our beliefs come from? Who chooses them?.
- Examples of beliefs.
- Is it possible to change our beliefs?.
Red more https://www.dianova.org/opinion/beliefs-and-mental-health/
Consumption, intoxications, and opioid-related deaths in the United States and Canada could foreshadow a similar crisis in Latin America.
- Overdoses kill more people than gun violence, car accidents and HIV.
- Increased use of Fentanyl: 50 times more potent than heroin.
- Preventing the opioid epidemic in Latin America.
- A situation worsened by Covid.
- Dependence among women is higher.
Red more https://www.dianova.org/news/opioids-an-american-tragedy/
COVID-19 & Drugs: a Conversation with EMCDDA
EMCDDA Director Alexis Goosdeel shares how COVID-19 has affected the drug situation, the lessons learned and the role of professionals.
Mr. Goosdeel answers six key questions to understand the impact of COVID-19 in the field of drugs
Red more here: https://www.dianova.org/opinion/covid-drugs-a-conversation-with-emcdda/
HLPF 2020: Accelerated action and transformative pathways for the decade of action on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
More information: https://www.dianova.org/news/hlpf-2020/
The Next Normal
Unesco’s ‘the next normal’ campaign questions our ideas about what is normal, suggesting that we have accepted the unacceptable for far too long.
More information here: https://www.dianova.org/news/the-next-normal/
“We Are Part of the Solution”
A statement of civil society at UNODC’s event on the impact of COVID on the world drug situation.
More information: https://www.dianova.org/news/we-are-part-of-the-solution/
A brief summary of the six booklets of the United Nations World Drug Report 2020: key findings and policy implications.
More Information: A brief summary of the six booklets of the United Nations World Drug Report 2020: key findings and policy implications
Time to Recognize Addiction Services as Essential Services
In order to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, on June 26, Dianova launches an international campaign to raise awareness of the need that addiction services be on par with other healthcare services and that they be given similar levels of attention and support.
Please help us disseminate the message and promote the necessary changes to make it happen.
What can you do?
Visit our campaign’s web page where you will find detailed information downloadable communication materials in 7 languages here https://www.dianova.org/campaigns/addiction-services-are-essential-services/
You can support the campaign including the twibbon in your profile photo on Twitter and Facebook. You can find out how to do so here https://twibbon.com/manage/Manage/Index/addictionservicesareessentia
Thank you for joining and sharing this campaign
Facing the Covid-19 Outbreak in the Dianova network.
Most of our members continue to offer direct care services to their beneficiaries, while adapting their activities to the pandemic.
Covid-19 : Challenges for Residential Facilities.
People with substance use disorders, as well as the homeless and other highly marginalized people in general, have a number of risk factors for developing Covid-19 infection.
All centres must now adapt their functioning in order to preserve the health of their patients and professional teams through the recommended social distancing and other prevention measures.
Dianova Chile Best Practices Online.
Dianova Chile implemented an online training program aimed at over 800 professionals from public, territorial, and third-sector organizations from several countries.
Drugs and the Media.
On 4 March 2020, we organised a side event on the margins of the 63rd session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs entitled, “The Media, a Key Actor in the Field of Drugs”.
The side event had an exceptional panel, who addressed the subject matter from different points of view. First, Rebecca Jesseman from the CCSA, focused on the importance of the language used by the communications media when it comes to stigmatising people who use drugs and when referring to this overall issue.
For more than a decade Dianova has been participating in the sessions of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs as a representative of civil society.
Side events, Dianova actively participated in three of them:
“The media, a key factor in the field of drugs”
“Barriers to accessing treatment and recovery”
“Treatment based on evidence as an integral part of the health system”, an event co-sponsored by Dianova.
Read more: https://www.dianova.org/news/dianova-participates-in-cnd63/
Dianova submitted a written statement calling for greater coordination to harness the power of the media to these ends.
Download it here: https://undocs.org/E/CN.7/2020/NGO/2
The PsychoFlamenco workshops were created to support therapeutic work with persons with substance use disorders, women who are suffering or have suffered gender-based violence and men who inflict it. Those of us who work in the field of addictions know that these issues intersect and feed off each other.
Red more here: https://www.dianova.org/opinion/psychoflamenco-workshops/
Dianova Participates in the 63rd Session of the CND
3 events to be co-organized by the NGO on issues including:
The media, a key actor in the field of drugs . (Wednesday, March 4th, from 8 to 8:50 a.m. – Room M7).
The obstacles women face when seeking treatment for substance use disorders. (Tuesday, March 3, from 9 to 10 a.m. – room MOE).
The integration of evidence-based addiction treatment programmes in health system. (Wednesday, March 4, from 8 to 8:50 a.m. – room A).
Read full press release: https://www.dianova.org/press-room/releases/dianova-participates-in-the-63rd-session-of-the-cnd/
UN System Common Position on Drugs.
On behalf of Dianova, we welcome the adoption of the UN Common Position on Drugs and would like to encourage its dissemination and full implementation. This document can be a valuable tool for the advocacy work of civil society organizations and can help to promote drug policies that are not only more effective but also more humane.
Red more https://www.dianova.org/opinion/un-system-common-position-on-drugs/
The United Nations launches 75th anniversary dialogues: The biggest global conversation on the world’s future starts now.
Join the Conversation. Be the Change. #UN75
Addiction and Gender Stereotypes.
While men and women are not equal when it comes to addiction, gender representations are a major vulnerability factor in women
“I Couldn’t Live without Alcohol”
After experiencing child marriage, Bhavna eloped with another man before ending up with a drinking problem. She struggled with addiction for years before leading a satisfying life with her children in India https://www.dianova.org/news/i-couldnt-live-without-alcohol/
Gender-Sensitive Perspective and Addiction Treatment
The lack of a gender sensitive approach in addiction services contributes to the invisibilization of women https://www.dianova.org/opinion/gender-sensitive-perspective-and-addiction-treatment/
The Female Experience of Addiction.
Women experience addictive behaviours differently than men, it is therefore urgent to re-evaluate current modalities of support, prevention and treatment https://www.dianova.org/opinion/the-female-experience-of-addiction/
66th Regular Session of CICAD
During the CICAD meeting in Miami, the Dianova representative urged the OAS countries to implement measures to end the stigma.
Empowering Girls in India!
Growing up in the streets of India is no easy job, especially for girls. In Delhi, the Pardabagh Centre is dedicated to changing girls’ lives through empowering education. https://www.dianova.org/news/empowering-girls-in-india/
Press Release - Civil Society Urges European Parliament to Make Drug Policy a Priority and fund drug policies based on evidence and human rights. Red press release: https://www.dianova.org/news/civil-society-urges-european-parliament-to-make-drug-policy-a-priority/
Dianova Says: “Empower Women, Empower Society”
Dianova launches the third phase of its “Human Empowerment” campaign and highlights the link between addiction and violence against women.
“Empower women, empower society” is the closing motto of the short video that spearheads the third phase of Dianova’s Human Empowerment campaign.
Started on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (26 June 2019), the campaign revives on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on the 26 November. Until Human Rights Day, on 10 December, the Dianova Network will emphasize the relationship between violence against women and substance use.
Red press release English - https://www.dianova.org/press-room/releases/dianova-says-empower-women-empower-society/
Civil Society and Drug Policy
Briefing paper to support the advocacy work of civil society organizations in European drug policy.
The European Union Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSFD), the European Commission’s expert group comprising 45 civil society organizations published at the end of 2018 an Information document on EU drug policy, the EU Action Plan and the need for civil society participation.
Red more: https://www.dianova.org/news/civil-society-and-drug-policy/
Working Together to Prevent Suicide. By María Victoria Espada.
As a member of the NGO Committee on Mental Health, Dianova is sponsoring an event dedicated to suicide prevention the celebration of World Mental Health Day, which is held on the 10th of October.
Red more: https://www.dianova.org/news/working-together-to-prevent-suicide/
Recognizing Problems to Better Solve Them. By Lucía Goberna
The Ministerial Declaration, the highest-level document approved in March 2019, is intended to guide the international community’s drug policies. In the same document, the situation of the last ten years is taken into account and it is explicitly recognized that although some tangible progress has been achieved, some worrisome challenges remain, as reflected in this document.
Red more : https://www.dianova.org/news/recognizing-problems-to-better-solve-them/
The CSFD, an Actor Involved. By Lucía Goberna.
It is urgent that all actors involved in drug policy redouble their efforts to address the problem. This is the challenge highlighted by the European Drug Report 2019, which painted a rather discouraging picture of the situation in Europe: increase in drug trafficking and drug-related deaths, emergence of new drugs, more powerful, pure and diversified.
Download Report here: https://www.dianova.org/news/the-csfd-an-actor-involved/
Women & Addictions: a Question of Human Rights. By Federica Bertacchini.
At the 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva in September 2019, Dianova International discussed how gender differences in addictions impact women.
Women still encounter significant systemic, structural, socio-cultural and personal barriers in accessing substance abuse treatment.
If such barriers are affecting – and at the same time are generated by – the basic determinants of health, it clearly looks like we are dealing with a human rights issue. Or worse, with a violation of women’s rights to health.
Continue reading here: https://www.dianova.org/news/women-addictions-a-question-of-human-rights/
Professionalizing Drug Prevention.
Advancing the professionalism of the drug prevention workforce in Europe is at the heart of a new European Prevention Curriculum (EUPC) handbook, launched on September 24 by the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA).
The new handbook represents an important step towards achieving the agency’s goal, outlined in EMCDDA Strategy 2025, to support interventions to prevent drug use which are based on evidence. It provides practical overviews of a variety of topics (e.g. etiology, epidemiology, monitoring and evaluation) as well as prevention in diverse settings (e.g. family, school, workplace, community, media and the broader environment).
Download manual here: http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/system/files/publications/11733/20192546_TDMA19001ENN_PDF.pdf
Dianova publishes recommendations guidelines destined to bring about behavioural changes and promote awareness of the consequences of stigmatizing attitudes in: the media, health care and public health, and employment and the workplace.
Dianova Chile launches a program of professional update and development of competences for its on-site teams in the field of Addiction Treatment.
Dianova International Network Launches Campaign to End the Stigma of Addiction.
Starting June 26th, the campaign "Bringing Addiction Stigma to an End" is to be launched to help raise awareness about the physical and psychological consequences of stigmatizing people facing substance use disorders or behavioural addictions. The campaign aims to emphasize that addiction is not a personal choice but a public health issue that needs to be addressed as such.
The campaign "Bringing Addiction Stigma to an End" aims to eliminate the social stigma experienced by people having, or recovering from, addiction disorders.
On the occasion the International Day Against Drug Abuse and illicit Trafficking, on June 26, the Dianova International will launch a campaign on the issue of stigma and discrimination. Through a series of articles and infographics, we will examine how stigma impacts us all, both consciously and unconsciously and how it could very well be the single largest contributor to the mortality rates due to substance abuse disorders. Lastly, we will provide a number of recommendations designed to reduce the burden of stigma in people with addiction disorders and targeting policy makers, the public at large, the media, the healthcare community and the private sector.
As part of its mission, Dianova is committed to helping vulnerable populations, including substance abusers, homeless people, migrants and refugees. However, beyond Dianova’s direct services, the organization engages in advocacy activities to change or strengthen the policies and practices that affect them.
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Dianova International has implemented or joined health promotion and addiction prevention initiatives to raise awareness of the risks associated with addictive behaviours – this is the reason why Dianova’s member organizations decided to disseminate the “Listen First” campaign in their respective countries.
The global “Listen First” campaign was initially launched in New York in April 2016 at a special event during the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem, and it will continue through at least 2017. The campaign aims to promote science-based initiatives to prevent addiction, while insisting on a very simple concept: at the core of these initiatives lies something we all know how to do, but perhaps spend too little time doing: listening.