Three Balkan project, conference in Sarajevo

As part of the Three Balkan project, on the 15th of February, Association Proslavi Oporavak hosted a conference in Sarajevo entitled “Recovery from substance dependence- Shift in drug policy and practice”. In total 76 delegates representing Public institutions as well as CSOs attended the Conference.

Project 3 Balkan is a regional project which brings together 4 partner organizations from Balkan region: Restart from Novi Sad, Preporod from Nikšić and Proslavi Oporavak from Sarajevo, as the project coordinator.

Mr. Ognjen Zekić, Head of Department for Combating Misuse of Drugs, Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, officially opened the conference. Representatives of our Associations presented the results of the project and all relevant actors dealing with the addiction problem in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr. Alen Gagula, representative of the UNODC – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in BiH presented the UNODC recomendations on addiction recovery management.

Examples of good practice from the UK were provided by distinguished professors, Ph. D. Neil McKeganey (Centre for Drug Misuse Research CDMR at the University of Glasgow) who presented researches which have influenced the development of changes in drug policies and practices and Rediscovering Recovery in the Treatment of Dependent Drug Use and Rowdy Yates ( Scottish Addiction Studies group at School of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling) who spoke about the Addiction Theory, Social Capital & the Cost of Recovery with special emphasis on the importance of therapeutic communities.

The conference participants were addressed by Linda Nilsson, Secretary General of WFAD (World Federation Against Drugs) and she spoke about WFAD’s influence on and recommendations for development of drug policy and practice.

The conference concluded with a panel discussion and participants had the opportunity to hear representatives of public institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina which focuse its efforts on the treatment of drug addiction.