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Rio inaugurates new model of care to adolescent drug users

The first unit is vacant for 20 adolescents between 12 and 17 years. Some already living in the house and attended the inauguration

 
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Foto: Tomaz Silva/ABr
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Unit with new model of care for children and adolescents addicted to drugs, Casa Viva, is in Bonsucesso, in the north of the state capital Initiative is the result of a partnership between the Departments of Social Development, Health and Education, as well as non-governmental organization (NGO) Viva Rio, the project manager
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Unit with new model of care for children and adolescents addicted to drugs, Casa Viva, is in Bonsucesso, in the north of the state capital
Initiative is the result of a partnership between the Departments of Social Development, Health and Education, as well as non-governmental organization (NGO) Viva Rio, the project manager

The first unit with new model of care for children and adolescents addicted to drugs was inaugurated today (12), Bonsucesso, in the north of the state capital. The deputy mayor and also Secretary of Social Development, Adilson Pires explained that the Project Viva House will inaugurate five more units soon, with computers, internet access, games room and medical monitoring and pedagogical, and sports activities, leisure and culture.

Five units will be equal to this, with the ability to care for about 100 teens [full] as there are all the time in the process of reintegrating them into society, we expect that, over the years, serve about 400 this model in young host, said the secretary.

The initiative is the result of a partnership between the Departments of Social Development, Health and Education, as well as non-governmental organization (NGO) Viva Rio, the project manager. The CEO and founder of Viva Rio, Ruben César Fernandes, believes that working with adolescent drug addicts in Brazil is challenging because there are few experiments aimed at this audience, but that the proposed Casa Viva is innovative.

We want this to be truly a home to live. This is not a shelter, a place of confinement for people to be forced to stay abstinent. When we get close, you see that each one is different, has a different story. Therefore, the focus is on people, a personalized approach, said Fernandes.

The first unit is vacant for 20 adolescents between 12 and 17 years. Some already living in the house and attended the inauguration. The teenager Alan [real name], 17, who lives in a shelter for more than two years to treat addiction cocaine and crack, praised the new space, especially the room with computers and the internet and the new television.

In another house was all very broken, young people were agitated, broke the glass, but here is a lot, video game, games room. I like everything, he said he has not seen his mother for two years, but said he plans to see it soon. But what I like even more is the house and the boys who are here, he added.

Each week the boys debate on home purchases this week, the menu, the budget and other issues. They have an active role, as inmates are not here, just consuming, said the director of Viva Rio Casa Viva Orange was an exception, we want it to become the norm, he said.

Mother of a 16 year old boy who is in the house for a month, dealing with cocaine addiction, Cristina Gonzaga said the project has given support to children and their parents. Have several activities, courses. Here treat him very well, as a teenager, like us and he has even more desire to stay. He is being very nice to us, she said.

The cook Sheila Fonseca da Cruz told the boys in the house are gluttons and needy. They prefer frying, but always have vegetables on the menu, he said.

Reuben Caesar said that the partners are discussing the extension of the project to prepare young people for adulthood. That the house is not the end of the line, we are thinking of republics. [Give] training for these young people to manage their own home or a republic. The success of the recovery is off the street and have a place to live, he argued, citing existing programs with this focus in cities like Vancouver and New York.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL
   Palavras-chave:   Adolescent drug abusers    Drug users    Home design living    Health   
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