24 Jun / Dianova launches Human Empowerment Campaign


With Human Empowerment campaign, Dianova aims to promote a holistic perspective of addiction treatment based on individual empowerment. Presently, in Portugal, the most commonly used illicit drugs are Cannabis, followed by MDMA / Ecstasy and Cocaine, especially among young adults (15-34 years). #EDR19

> A total of 33,290 high-risk opioid users in Portugal, 13,160 injection drug abuse. Thus resulting in 1.7% / million new cases of HIV and 81.5% HVC, the highest rate in the EU. And 0.7% of cannabis users.

> Of the total of 27,150 people entering to treatment, 39% were treated from heroin, 37% cannabis and 17% cocaine.

> The impact of double stigma on women means that of the 5 people receiving treatment, only 1 is a woman.


Torres Vedras, 24 June 2019

On the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Dianova launches the “Human Empowerment” campaign. In Brief, it aims to raise awareness of the need to promote a holistic approach to the addiction treatment. Particularly, based on individual empowerment by integrating the gender perspective.

Through the lenses of a unique concept, Human Empowerment, the campaign will address on the ability to choose by embracing life. Secondly, promote education and life skills. And finally regain control over your life and individual development.

We want to emphasize that it is possible to overcome these obstacles. That is why we consider it urgent to promote better accessibility to programs tailored to people’s needs and expectations. The ultimate goal is to help people regain their autonomy. As well as their ability to make responsible and informed decisions about substance use and addictive behaviour.

Alcohol and other substance-related disorders generate considerable public health expenditure (0.3% of GDP). Both in terms of human and economic costs. And a huge effort is required for the Government to tailor services to the specific needs of men and women.

It should be noted that women with substance use disorders are particularly victims of prejudice and discrimination. On the one hand, they are “labelled” as consumers of alcohol or other drugs. And on the other hand as having failed in their traditional roles as mothers and wives. The impact of this double stigma relates to the volume of the 5 people receiving treatment, only 1 is a woman.

In this context, Dianova advocates the implementation of gender-sensitive programs, including integrated programs offering a wide range of services.





About Dianova Portugal

Social Organization specialized in the areas of Education, Youth, Addictions, Community Development, Psychosocial Support and Training. Member of the Dianova International network with Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC / UN). And in Operational Relations with UNESCO. Registered in the Transparency Register of the European Commission. Member of the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VGNOC), the European Federation of Therapeutic Communities (EFTC), the National Network of Social Responsibility of the Organizations RSO PT. Among other national and international affiliations and protocols.

Certified training entity DGERT (MTSS) and accredited CCPFC (Ministry of Education). Certified its Quality Management System NP EN ISO 9001: 2015 in the scope of Rehabilitation and Reinsertion of Drug abuse in the Therapeutic Community of Quinta das Lapas. And with Honourable Mention PIQ 2014 and 2016/2017, Social Economy category. In particular, for the exemplary policies implemented in the area of ​​equality between women and men and the work-life balance between family and professional life.

In 2018,92,218 people (young people and adults) directly and indirectly benefited from our programs and actions.

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