Aims

The main objective of the project is to provide adult trainers and organisations in the drug help system, in geriatric institutions and local governments with tools and models of good practice, which create adult learning opportunities for the establishment and improvement of services for ageing drug user.

High priority is given to involve drug user and their representatives in the development and implementation of project results.

 

The situation

Because of demographic developments of the aging population in almost all countries of the European Union, social and health structures are in an ongoing process of adapting adequate responses to this challenge. Dependency of psychoactive substances, however, still are associated with young people.

Because of demographic developments of the aging population in almost all countries of the European Union, social and health structures are in an ongoing process of adapting adequate responses to this challenge. Dependency of psychoactive substances, however, still are associated with young people.

It is evident that the total number and the proportion of older chronic, problematic drug users in Europe have increased significantly over the last decades. Older drug users are likely to suffer from the negative social consequences of decades of drug use. Studies report that older drug users are often socially excluded and isolated from their family, friends and social networks. (Cassar et al., 2009; Nezet et al., 2009).”

The available information suggests that specialised treatment and care programmes for older drug users are rare in Europe. Concerns have been voiced that current treatment and care services may be ill-equipped to respond adequately to the needs of older drug users and that certain specific services may be required (e.g. see Beynon, 2009).

 

A survey of the Frankfurt University of Applied Science (Lebensweise und Gesundheitsförderung von älteren Drogenabhängigen im Rhein-Main Gebiet, Stöver el al, 2012) confirms these assumptions in detail for a particular region and address the need of increased attention: “The increase of older drug addicts is increasingly important for assistance systems such as addiction and support services – staff of appropriate institutions notice the changes in the age structure of their clientele and face every day problems to refer older drug users to appropriate care and services (Condrobs e.V., 2009).

The previous Leonardo Da Vinci project ‘Sucht im Alter’ conducted by the main applicant ‘Jugend an Drogenhëllef”, Luxemburg 2013 – 2015) came to similar results and already identified needs and crucial response structures for service provider.

Consequently, treatment and support has to follow these changing needs. The increasing speed of aging in this group adds to this problem and makes fast solutions even more important.

 

Targetgroups

  • Adult trainers and organisations in the drug help system, in geriatric institutions and local governments.
  • Aging drug user and it’s representatives.

Actions

Assessment of existing policies and services for ageing drug users in Europe. The report will provide social service and healthcare providers, adult trainers, policy makers and higher education institutions with information about the demographical situation in each country, collect data on demographical data of the population of drug use, assess the legal and health and social system conditions for this population group to access specific services and identify methods and services for aging drug users.

The Good Practice Collection

The Good Practice Collection will  Identify and collect best practice models for effective services for ageing drug users (outpatient and inpatient) and models of best practices for a good collaboration of drug and geriatric services.

I will provide social service providers, adult trainers, policy makers and higher education institutions with inspiring models of good practice and stimulate the development and implementation of inclusive services for aging drug users.

Toolbox

The toolbox will provide social service providers, adult trainers, policy makers and higher education institutions with tools and guidance to develop, implement or improve services for aging drug users.

Training

The training will be based on the content and the structure of the toolbox  and the findings of the  assessments and supporting evidence and policy analysis. The overall training curriculum will function as model and example for national training curricula, so other training organisations can utilise the training as a whole or use specific components for training purposes.

The training content will mainly be based on the elements and information of the toolbox and will include a broad range of topics, didactic exercises, links and resources. Training will be designed for a 5 day course and validated during a training event (European summer school).

Target groups to receive the training are staff of drug addiction services, geriatric institutions and policy maker. Also representatives of the final target group – aging drug users – will be invited to participate.

More information will be provided in time before the training will be launched in 2018.

Project Events

Project Meetings:

First Project Meeting
Luxembourg
11-12 November 2016

Second Project Meeting Barcelona
31 May – 2 June 2017

Third Project Meeting
Prague
9-10 November 2017

European summer school ( training):

 

EUROPEAN SUMMER SCHOOL –
Improving services for aging drug user 19 – 21 June 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany

The Consortium of the Erasmus + Project Betrad (Better treatment for ageing drug user) is pleased to announce the launch of a 3 day training event for health workers working in or planning to establish services for the population of elderly drug user.

National Events:

 

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Czech Republic

BETRAD national event, Czech Republic, 3. – 7. 6. 2018

Place: Congress hotel Jezerka near Seč dam (approx 100 km from Prague)

Contact person for more information: David Pešek, pesek@sananim.cz+420773511553

The meeting was a side event of  the AT (Alco-Toxis conference, which is the biggest addictology conference in Czech Republic. We had 6 different lectures in 2  blocks including discussions:

  • Martina Těmínová: Introduction – Aging Drug Users. Where did they get from, why are they still using?
    Reform of psychiatric care as response to their needs.
  • Tereza Černíková, Viktor Mravčík: Research on Care and Services for Aging Drug Users in the Czech Republic.
    Why it is actual and why this topic will be important for the Czech Republic in the near future.
  • Jiří Richter, David Pešek: BETRAD, presentation of the project.
  • Martin Hulík: Existential approach to clients and why it is effective in the treatment of an aging population of drug users (TKN).
  • Kristýna Karpíšková: Specific care for aging drug users in Pilsen.
  • Pavel Bém, Eva Nezdarová: Care of Elder and Chronic patients within the Law (of Contact Center SANANIM)

 

Luxembourg

Multiplier event Luxembourg, 15th Mai 2018

download the programme

Adress of the event:
Centre Culturel de Bonnevoie
2, rue des Ardennes
Luxembourg

Contact persons for more information:
jean-nico.pierre@jdh.lu
martina.kap@jdh.lu

 

Germany

Multiplier Event Germany

Integrative Drogenhilfe e.v. (idh) and University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt (UAS) organised two Multiplier Events on the 15th of March and the 09th May, focusing on the situations and needs of an ageing clientele of people who are using illicit drugs in Germany.

In March the first event took place within our  network activities of Fachgruppe Sucht / Paritätischer Hessen and addressed approx. 10 multipliers: CEOs of organisations of addiction and nursing care and coordinators working in these fields. idh presented the BETRAD-resources and initiated a discussion on how to close the care gap for our target group in Frankfurt.

On 09th of May from 10:00 – 16:00 the second event was organised at University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt in cooperation of UAS and idh. 40 people, students of Social Work and practitioners, participated in the event. The event contained interactive group work, discussions and presentations on the findings about the population and care situation of Ageing Drug Users in Germany and EU.

 

Netherlands

regenbooggroup correlation

On the 14th of April 2018,
the Regenboog Groep  organised an information and discussion meeting around the situation, the solutions for and the problems of aging drug users.

The event addressed the situation in the context of harm reduction and in the broader drug policy settings in the Netherlands and presented the outcomes of the project. The assessment report, the concept of the toolbox and selected models of good practices have been presented. Health workers from the Netherlands and Belgium talked about their experiences working with this target group: Woodstock from Den Haag and Woonvoorziening Bilzenhof from Antwerp.  A discussion with the audience finalised the event, which was attended by more than 60 participants.

Spain

BETRAD Multiplier event on May 25th in Barcelona.

Address of the event:
Palau Macaya
Passeig de Sant Joan, 108
08037 Barcelona

 

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