Addiction Recovery Latest Updates in Cyprus
The latest developments in Cyprus regarding addiction recovery focus on two main areas:
- The initiation and implementation of a plan that aims to provide financial assistance to people in addiction recovery as a way of promoting social reintegration, and
- The promotion of several treatment programmes and services that will reduce the epidemic risks of infectious diseases among intravenous drug users in Cyprus.
One of the main goals of the 2013-2020 National Strategy regarding treatment and social reintegration is the development of appropriate support to adults in addiction recovery. In particular the National Strategy proposed two main actions regarding social reintegration:
- The development of collaborative action between treatment services and other governmental agencies with the aim of providing financial support and employment to those in social reintegration programmes.
- The implementation of a ‘Financial Assistance plan’ for adults in addiction recovery as part of their social reintegration.
In July 2014, CAC (Cyprus Anti-Drug Council) proceeded to develop and implement this ‘Financial Assistance plan’ which can be up to €3000 per person. The plan has been amended to cover the basic needs of people, such as payment of rent for residence purposes, expenses for education, training and rehabilitation, pre-vocational and vocational training, vocational rehabilitation, home equipment, and the covering of transport, food and clothing costs. Also, in promoting activities relating to social reintegration CAC developed a digital learning programme to meet the educational needs of those participating in the social reintegration programmes. The digital learning programme took place in Nicosia and Limassol and covered core subjects of training in computers.
Furthermore, in September 2014, CAC announced that its most recent call for research focuses on the area of ‘harm reduction of infectious diseases among intravenous drug use’. Through this research, they plan to expand the number of substitution treatment programmes as well as provide free treatment for hepatitis/HIV to both Cypriots and foreigners based on existing guidelines of the World Health Organisation. The results of this study may influence policy in Cyprus in dealing with substance abuse and dependency, creating programmes that reduce harm and spread of infectious diseases.