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24 Jun / Take Action Human Empowerment

Human Empowerment – from Stigma and Vulnerability to Addiction Treatment

Dianova campaign launched on 26 June on the occasion of the International Day for Combating Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. It aims to promote Human Empowerment and Addiction Treatment by leading audiences to Take Action.

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> The stigma of addiction negatively affects a person’s self-esteem, impairs relationships with loved ones, and impedes access to treatment. Stigma contributes to high rates of fatalities and incarceration and concerns. And still with mental health among people with Substance Addiction. Stigma is a public health problem.

> The stigma of addiction is fuelled by ignorance, misinformation, and fear. Its consequences can be devastating. But, in the first place, they prevent people from seeking help. Still, perceptions can change. Attitudes can change. Behaviours can be modified. But none of this will happen unless people speak. Open up and share your experiences!

> Speaking is critical to preventing and reducing stigma. When people tell their stories, they encourage others. And they make them believe that they too can recover. Let’s give people hope by getting addiction treatment!

> Avoid stigma, do not define people by their disorders. People are more than your substance use problem. A person’s addiction represents only a part of their life. Never say “the addict” or “the alcoholic”. Say “people with addiction”, “people with alcoholism” or “people with addictive disorder”.

> Implementing a gender-sensitive approach in addiction treatment services can help bridge the gap between men and women on their way to recovery. It is crucial to recognize that gender makes a difference!

> The integration of gender-sensitive addiction treatment policies and programs can significantly contribute to achieving SDG 5 Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.

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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). 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 Addicts in the Therapeutic Community of Quinta das Lapas. And with Honourable Mention PIQ 2014 and 2016/2017, Social Economy category. Particularly, 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.