Gizakia Foundation, three a long time treating addictions: “Prohibiting minors from smoking joints shouldn’t be the answer, you must know why”

The motto of the Gizakia Foundation is “one particular person, one future”. The entity believes and is dedicated to second possibilities for individuals who have succumbed to addictions.

Heir to the outdated Proyecto Hombre, Gizakia – which acquired the Gold Medal of the Order of Merit from the National Plan on Drugs just a few days in the past – was based in 1991 targeted on the restoration of individuals with all sorts of drug habit.

Over the years, it has launched as much as 16 work applications that vary from consideration to younger folks and adolescents with danger behaviors to instruments to facilitate the labor insertion of adults, “important in order that after they get better they don’t find yourself committing crimes and return to relapse”, says its director, Estíbaliz Barrón.

In its greater than 30 years of expertise, 60 professionals from completely different disciplines (social training, social work, medication, psychology, socio-labour steerage…) have handled almost 8,000 folks, who obtain care in accordance with their private circumstances. .

”Attention to drug addicts have to be personalised. All the components surrounding the addict have to be taken into consideration. We are based mostly on the biopsychosocial method. You need to have in mind all areas of the particular person. Because there are psychological, bodily, and social relationship issues that need to be addressed collectively to realize their rehabilitation,” explains Barrón.

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Currently, cocaine, alcohol and hashish, on this order, are the substances that the majority entice drug addicts over the age of 18 who’re handled on the Gizakia Foundation. Joints and alcohol are the “most well-liked” amongst minors, some as younger as 12 years outdated.

“At these ages, consumption typically happens out of curiosity. Smoking a joint doesn’t imply that after they develop up they’re sure to be addicted, they only do it out of curiosity. But it’s a symptom that one thing is improper. You have to grasp why they do it. What we do is particular person remedy, with dad and mom, in teams… and that they take part in workshops the place they be taught the required instruments to regulate their aggressiveness, to be taught to speak or to resolve conflicts. Prohibiting smoking or consuming alcohol shouldn’t be the answer, however understanding why they’re doing it and giving them the sources to grasp why it’s dangerous”, explains Barrón.

work on the road

Gizakia has been awarded the Gold Medal of the 2023 National Drug Plan “for exemplifying the work that’s most hooked up to the land and to the folks within the neighborhoods hardest hit by the drug drawback and addictions in cities, even in the course of the pandemic” .

Esttíbaliz Barrón, receives the Gold Medal on behalf of the Foundation. EUROPA PRESS

The Bilbao City Council enabled a sequence of sources to accommodate homeless individuals who had nowhere to remain. “We began a challenge along with them. A workforce from the inspiration was going to help them. They are folks with alcohol, drug, coexistence issues… The goal was to comprise withdrawal syndromes and enhance their scenario,” recollects the director.

The expertise gave such good outcomes that the Basque Government licensed a funds merchandise to increase the initiative to all of Euskadi.

This is how Erdu (Acercerarse) was born, a specialised neighborhood program for native social and well being care. It is geared toward folks with habit and psychological well being issues with difficulties in establishing a hyperlink on their very own, with the sources that may assist them.

The program has multidisciplinary groups organized into “cell items” that make it doable to work on the road with these people who find themselves exterior the healthcare community.