Diurnal Center For Young People Suffering From Drug Addiction

Project location: ITALY
Project start date: July 2006 - Project end date: January 2007
Project number: 2006-23
Beneficiary: Centro Italiano di Solidarietà


The Italian Centre of Solidarity of Rome is an NGO founded in 1971 that works in cooperation, among the others, with the City of Rome, with the Ministry of Education and with the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Rome "La Sapienza". The services offered are divided in specific areas: drug addiction, minors, social issues, education.
Research showed that drug consumption among young people with mental disorders is increasingly common. This tendency determines complexity of the cure and uncertainty about  the outcome of the treatment, producing, if badly assisted, drop-out, anti-social behaviour, worsening of the quality of life, hospitalisation.
The project is called "Orizzonte" (horizon). Aim of the project is to help young people aged between 18 and 25 suffering from psychopathologies and psychiatric disorders associated with use/abuse of drugs. Their condition makes them unable to interact normally inside the family, at school, or in social life, and causes inability to communicate and to take care of themselves.
The project aims at providing a comfortable space for 70 young people in crisis through the realisation of a diurnal centre in the area of Rome. The centre will be open from 8.30am to 5pm and includes various therapeutic-educational activities in the morning and in the afternoon of every weekday. There will be individual and group activities, counselling, animation etc. The complexity of the issue dealt by this project requires structured, coordinated, integrated and personalised interventions. Therefore the project will follow the model called of "shared care": a network of interventions by professional staff with different competences and background.

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