Updates: Tri Balkan Project – Choose Recovery

Our three member-organisations and project-partners Izlazak (Serbia), Celebrate Recovery (Bosnia-Herzegovina), and Preporod (Montenegro) have been very active throughout the implementation of the project ‘Tri-Balkan, Choose Recovery. All organisations are working the field of drug addiction with the motivation to treatment and re-socialisation after treatment as the primary focus. The overall project aim is to strengthen society’s response towards people who use drugs and people affected by drug use.
The project is currently in its third phase. During this phase, the partners focus on expanding phone-based and online interventions, as well as developing online communities and strengthening multidisciplinary approach by developing cooperation with key actors in Balkan society, while also focusing on reducing stigma. Read more about the project description here
On their website, www.biramoporavak.com, they frequently post updates on their activities. They organise multi-disciplinary meetings and webinars, are regularly being interviewed by the media, publish various campaigns, and much more. Below, you will find the three latest updates per organisation. Yet, we do encourage you to read more about the other activities as well on their website!*

*Please be aware that most of the articles and their website is written in the Bosnian/Serbian/Montenegran

Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Association Celebrating Recovery from Sarajevo held an interactive conference for non-governmental organizations entitled “ABCD-mapping and resource mobilization in the local community” on Friday, July 2, 2021, at the Hollywood Hotel, Ilidža, Sarajevo. 

The aim of the conference was to network and motivate NGOs from the Sarajevo Canton, which do not have direct contact with people with a history of addiction, to get involved and support the social integration and inclusion of groups affected by the problem of addiction.

Participants in the conference were the Association for Research, Education and Psychosocial Support Tavan, Association Okvr, Pomozi.ba, Foundation for Local Democracy, Association Narko-Ne, Kontakt-Homini, Munja Social Innovation Incubator, Krila Nade Foundation, Association of Social Workers of Sarajevo Canton and BJJ Brotherhood.

At the very beginning, a three-year regional project of the Association entitled ” I choose Recovery ” was presented, which will be implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Montenegro by the end of 2022, in partnership with the World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD). The services of the Association were also presented, which include a free and anonymous telephone line 0800 28 000, telephone and online counseling, a day center for marginalized groups affected by addiction and their families, and the website www.biramoporavak.ba   

Conference participants also had the opportunity to present themselves and the organization they come from, and make suggestions for joint activities to support them at the local level. In this way, each of the present representatives was given the opportunity to get acquainted with the work and representatives of other present organizations, which was also one of the goals of the conference.

After the introductory presentation, a workshop was held with the aim of mapping local community resources through the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD). The task of the participants was to map resources within four categories: 1. sports, recreation, art, 2. employment, education, training, 3. mutual assistance, people with the same experience, and 4. volunteering and connecting with the community. 63 resources have been mapped within the Sarajevo Canton, with which we plan to expand the support network at the local community level in the coming period. 

Further cooperation and mutual assistance in working on social integration and inclusion of groups affected by the problem of addiction was also agreed on.

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The executive director of Preporoda, Jovan Bulajić, will be engaged in the work of the Counseling Center for help and support to young people who abuse psychoactive substances, as well as members of their families. The work of the Counseling Center was renewed through the project “Cooperation with Montenegro – Integrated Intervention Plan for Youth Inclusion, Combating Challenges and Development of Active Citizenship”.

Through this project, young people and members of their families who are in the problem of addiction will have access to the Counseling Center for Drug Abuse, as well as a free telephone line 24/7 by calling 0800 81 400.

One of the goals of the above-mentioned project is to reduce the rate of abuse of psychoactive substances among young people in the municipality of Kotor. Through a multidisciplinary approach to work and more intensive networking, attention will be focused on employees in Kotor schools and all other institutions that treat the problem of addiction from any aspect. Appropriate trainings and training programs for prevention, early intervention and detection of juvenile addiction will be provided for them.

The project is implemented by the Office for International Projects of the Municipality of Kotor in partnership with the Municipality of Monfalcone and is financially supported by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region.

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As part of the project ‘I choose Recovery’, the Association Izlazak has, in cooperation with the Office for Combating Drugs of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, organised another multidisciplinary meeting in the city of Loznica. The meeting was held on July 21, 2021, in the city administration together with bodies and organizations of civil society dealing with the fight against drug abuse.

The city of Loznica adopted the Local Action Plan for the fight against drug abuse three years ago, and it is a good example, as the only city in Serbia that has adopted that document. The goal of the Action Plan is preventive action through a multidisciplinary approach and the creation of a healthy environment for children and youth. The plan includes actions, lectures, and other forms of work with young people so that all areas of addiction are reduced to a minimum.

According to the data of the Police Station (PS) entered in the Local Action Plan, 95 kilos and 414.45 grams of various types of psychoactive substances were seized in the territory of the city of Loznica in the period from 2013 to 2018, most of which was marijuana. 94 kilograms and 948.01 grams or 99.5% in relation to the total amount of seized drugs. For the period from 2013 to 2018, 250 criminal charges were filed against persons for committed criminal acts related to narcotics, and the age structure of perpetrators of criminal acts ranges from 16 to 52 years of age.

Given that the recommendations of domestic and international experts to place greater emphasis in future national documents on a multidisciplinary approach, decentralization, and increased cooperation with civil society organizations in the field of drug policy, the city of Loznica is an example of good practice given its multidisciplinary team, which operates within the Local Action Plan for the Prevention of Drug Abuse.

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