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Men with alcohol addiction: the majority profile of Day Center users during 2019

August 04 from 2020 - 09: 53

The City Council of Dénia has signed a new collaboration agreement with the AEPA Foundation (Analysis, Study and Prevention of Addictions of the Valencian Community) through which the foundation carries out the program to support psychosocial treatment and supervision in patients with problems of Addictive behaviors in the Addiction Treatment Support Day Center and, likewise, offers support and cooperation to the development and execution of programs and activities carried out by the UPCCA Service in Dénia during the financial year 2020.

Image: Men in a bar drinking alcohol

The AEPA Foundation has managed the operation of the Day Center to support the treatment of addictions in Dénia since June 2004. These 16 years of collaboration through an agreement have allowed the consolidation of comprehensive treatment for addictions in the city of Dénia.

The Addiction Treatment Support Day Center has a total of 30 places arranged with the Department of Universal Health and Public Health for programs to support the treatment and psychosocial supervision of patients with addiction problems. The coverage of the center, located in Dénia, covers the entire Marina Alta area of ​​the Health Department No. 13. Patients are referred by the Addictive Behavior Unit (UCA Dénia) of the Health Department.

The resource of the Day Center of support for the treatment of addictions in Dénia allows to support, favor and reinforce the process of addiction and insertion of people with problems of dependency on psychoactive substances and / or other addictive behaviors, through psychological, occupational therapy, training workshops , individualized therapeutic groups and monitoring, promoting the active participation of patients in their treatment process to facilitate their social incorporation.

Regarding the data referring to the 2019 financial year, the following stand out:

- 95 people were attended, of whom 69 were patients subject to intervention from the various therapeutic programs.

-As for sex, 69,56% of them were men and 30,44% women.

-Regarding the main addictions for which treatment was requested: 46,55% had demanded treatment for alcohol, this being the main substance that intervenes in the various programs, followed by 21,85% for cocaine , 9,5% for a gambling addiction, 5,7% for heroin and the remaining 6,65% for cannabis and other substances.

Therefore, the majority of those attended in programs were men and the main substance for which they demanded treatment and required intervention is alcohol.

Regarding the activities of the Treatment Support Center, the majority of patients participate in therapeutic and occupational workshops. At the same time, an individual and psychological intervention is carried out. The main workshops grouped by theme have been the following:

- Training and Labor Orientation Workshops
In the Training and Labor Orientation workshops, all aspects related to job placement are addressed, such as knowledge of resources related to employment, support in the creation of a curriculum and cover letter, and management of social networks of work, among other things. The final objective of the workshop is to find and keep a job, for this, integrated work itineraries are developed where specific objectives are set with each person. Other preparatory techniques for job interviews such as role playing are also used. Participation in the labor insertion workshops during 2019 was 33 people.

- Group Psychotherapy Workshops
It should be noted that these workshops are aimed at group work in various areas: social skills (developing empathy, assertiveness, etc.), emotional intelligence (knowing their emotions, how to manage them, etc.), self-esteem (improves the perception of person of himself, banish feelings of guilt, ...), etc. Group treatment of these areas is considered beneficial because of the ability of mutual support groups to make the person feel comfortable in an environment free of judgment, where they can express what they feel and share it with other people who have been through situations. Similar. The main reason why this type of therapy is carried out is the person's psychosocial improvement, contributing to their personal well-being and the improvement of their quality of life. 63 people benefited from this set of workshops in 2019.

- Relapse Prevention Workshops.
These workshops aim to motivate the person to make a change in their lifestyle, and, in this way, prevent possible consumption and relapses. For this, these workshops offer the person different coping strategies: psychoeducation about addictions, learning to distinguish risk factors and protective factors, taking advantage of the supports available in their environment, etc. The ultimate goal of this workshop is the social reintegration of the person suffering from an addiction, recovering their life and acquiring a new way of relating to their environment and to themselves. The participation in the relapse prevention workshops during 2019 was 69 people.

- Alcohol Relapse Prevention Workshop (afternoons): 17 users.
This workshop has the same objectives as the relapse prevention workshops with the difference that it is specifically focused on men who suffer from an addiction to alcohol (the substance for which treatment is most demanded). This workshop, carried out at the request of the Addictive Behavior Unit (UCA) of Denia as part of support for treatment, is aimed at the population who cannot go to the center in the morning. 17 people benefited from this workshop in 2019.

- Leisure and free time workshops:
These workshops are focused on the healthy occupation of free time, as well as building an alternative leisure away from consumption. This is because addiction becomes the axis of the person's life, being, in many occasions, leisure the first affected area. These workshops cover a wide range of activities at the Denia Treatment Support Center, such as: cognitive stimulation workshops (where attention, memory, planning, etc. are recovered), computer workshops (approaching new technologies and exercising the mind), cooking workshops (where recipes are elaborated and teamwork is used to indirectly improve social skills), sports workshop (key factor in recovery and taking care of oneself, hiking is carried out, swimming pool, etc.) or language workshop (learning a certain language improving its cognitive flexibility and employability) among other workshops. 55 people have benefited from these workshops.

In general, the assessment of the year 2019 is very positive and satisfactory. It is a well-known and consolidated resource in the Marina Alta, which allows greater stability for patients undergoing treatment at the UCA in Dénia, remaining busy in therapeutic, training and occupational workshops and thus reinforcing their process of treatment for de-addiction and social insertion. -labor.

After this consolidation and after 16 years of experience, the future prospects of this resource to support the treatment of the UCA of Dénia are the maintenance of the workshops that have been carried out according to the needs and demands that arise, thus as the activities are motivating, active and dynamic to give innovative responses to support the recovery processes in the withdrawal and insertion of patients.

The AEPA Dénia Treatment Support Center is located at C / Amparo Merle, nº 8, bajo. You can contact the AEPA Dénia Center in the following ways:

Tel: 96 578 09 76
Mobile: 620 282 642 with Whatsapp.
Mail: deniacd@fundacion-aepa.org
Website address: www.fundacionaepa.com
Facebook: Dénia Addiction Treatment Support Center - AEPA Foundation

On the other hand, regarding the support of this agreement for the execution of programs and activities carried out by the UPCCA Service of Dénia, attached to the Department of Addiction Prevention and accredited and subsidized by the Department of Universal Health and Public Health, the AEPA Foundation contributes to the development of the following activities and programs:

- Within the family sphere:
Direct attention and Family Prevention Programs: School of Mothers and Fathers. Educating to prevent, Educant in the Present, diffusion of virtual courses for mothers and fathers of the FAD or other organisms and participation in other fathers 'and mothers' schools of schools proposed by the centers or the AMPA.

- Within the school environment:
Monitoring of the application of school prevention programs promoted by the Ministry, the Social Skills Workshop with 6th grade, Informational and Training Program on Addiction Prevention with students of 3rd grade ESO and FPB in the three IES of Dénia, Social Skills and Competition Programs "Young Competent" and others offered annually and that work on the prevention of addictions or addictive behaviors, the responsible use of new technologies, pathological gambling or social skills.

- Within the community sphere:
Annual World No Tobacco Day Campaign; Training program for social mediators, youth on addiction prevention, volunteering in drug addictions, campaigns such as: "- Risk + Fun", alcohol campaign "Do you drink ??? Measure them !!!", Program "Responsible service "In Dénia, dissemination of the campaign on World HIV / AIDS Day of the Ministry of Health, ... Participation in workshops, courses, conferences or informational campaigns when required: as in the module taught in the Training Course of Moped Drivers with young people.

- Within the workplace:
Sessions on addiction prevention with students from the different courses of the CREAMA Initial Vocational Training Program, collaboration with the Occupational Risk Prevention department in actions to promote healthy habits with public employees of the Dénia City Council and the Public Administration, and respond to demands from companies regarding preventive training with their employees and promoting healthy lifestyle habits.

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