1. Addictions

    For a Comprehensive Public Health Approach to the Addiction Problem

    07/04/2014

    On the occasion of the World Health Day, the Director General of Dianova International points out that it is critical to bridge the differences between medical and psychosocial approaches to build a comprehensive public health approach to substance abuse

    Editorial, by Montse Rafel – The annual session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) drew attention in particular to the need to implement comprehensive, public health approaches to drugs that take account  of the consequences and harms that may arise from certain drug policies which only criminalize the drug users.

  2. Commission on Narcotic Drugs 2014

    Current Debates on Drug Policies at the International Level

    05/04/2014

    The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) is the central drug policy-making body within the United Nations system and as such, it is one of the key actors in countering the drug problem at the global level. The Commission supervises the application of the drug control treaties in force today, monitors the world drug situation, develops strategies on international drug control and recommends measures to combat the world drug problem.

  3. Staff members in Dianova Portugal

    Human Resource Management in Dianova Portugal | the Impact of Assessing the Organizational Climate

    02/04/2014

    When an organization knows how to manage its human resources adequately and to create and maintain an organizational culture, the people working in it tend to become strategic assets. In Dianova, we endeavor to welcome and integrate our employees while helping  each people achieve their full potential and to display initiative and creativity in a supportive and dynamic work environment. We strive to work in this fashion so as to reinforce our intellectual capital and reach our legitimate professional and organizational expectations on an ongoing basis.  

  4. Stop violence

    EU-Funded Project: Preventing Violence in Uruguay

    02/04/2014

    A project co-funded by the European Union: A Social & Emotional Program to Prevent Violence through the Empowerment of Educational & Youth Centers.  A project developed by  Dianova Uruguay and Dianova Spain.

    Dianova will provide educators and teachers in educational and youth centers with a number of emotional and social tools to help them raise awareness of the need to prevent violence for and among young people. The project will be partially funded by the European Union through the European Instrument for Democracy & Human Rights (EIDHR).

  5. La revue Infonova (Dianova Espagne)

    A New Format for the 10th Anniversary of Infonova

    02/04/2014

    Dianova Spain has issued the latest edition of 'Infonova', a publication which was made possible through government support and collaboration, within the context on the National Plan on Drugs (Plan Nacional sobre Drogas), implemented by the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality. The Infonova journal is meant to provide addiction professionals, researchers and the general public with relevant information on the situation and advances in this field. 

  6. Yuri Chechi, with the center's residents and staff

    Olympic Champion Yuri Chechi Supports the ‘REACT’ Campaign

    02/04/2014

    In February, the Olympic champion Yuri Chechi paid a visit to Montefiore therapeutic community's staff and residents (Dianova Italy), to the delight of everyone. The double Olympic medalist (he won men's artistic rings gold in Atlanta 1996 summer Olympics and won a bronze medal in Athens, 2004) met with many of the center's residents, showing availability, sympathy as well as a sincere interest in the activities developed by Dianova.

  7. l'addiction est-elle une maladie?

    “Help Me, I’m SICK!”

    31/03/2014

    Opinion and testimony, by Pierre Bremond. "Drug addiction is a brain disease". Such bold statement is made by those who support the "disease model". According to it, addiction is characterized by altered brain structure and functioning.  These brain abnormalities cause persons with this disease to be predisposed toward addiction, moreover, in certain individuals, each incidence of substance abuse chemically alters the brain causing them to become more dependent upon the substance and progressively installing the disease. So, what solution do they have left? Well… None. Because drug and alcohol addiction is defined as a "unique, irreversible and progressive disease that cannot be cured."

  8. Legal drugs

    Deterring the Rise of “New Psychoactive Substances”

    27/03/2014

    "While new harmful substances have been emerging with unfailing regularity on the drug scene, the international drug control system is floundering, for the first time, under the speed and creativity of the phenomenon known as new psychoactive substances (NPS). The number of NPS reported by Member States to UNODC rose from 166 at the end of 2009 to 251 by mid-2012, an increase of more than 50 per cent. For the first time, the number of NPS actually exceeded the total number of substances under international control (234)." UNODC World Drug Report 2013

  9. Meeting with residents - Can Parellada residential treatment center (Spain)

    “Improving People’s Quality of Life”

    25/03/2014

    Opinion, by Myriam Gómez García – The debate on the legalization of drugs, and its possible application extends beyond the field of criminal justice. When we talk about legalizing drugs – we primarily refer to a market driven, state-run marketing and production system. However, it is much likely that legalizing or regulating substances of abuse will have a direct impact on consumption levels while affecting support relationships and addiction treatment. In my opinion, it is from this prospect that organizations and professionals alike should (and must) contribute to the debate. 

  10. "Can Parellada" Therapeutic Community (Dianova Spain)

    Long-Term Addiction Treatment: Past, Present & Future of the Therapeutic Communities

    21/03/2014

    The 80's have seen an explosion of the number of residential resources to treat substance abusers after the heroin epidemic had spread, triggering a social emergency situation. In 1986, the Spanish association of therapeutic communities was created to promote a professional community model. Since then, such treatment facilities have evolved over the years to become a state-of-the-art quality model, grounded on intensive and comprehensive care, tailored to each person's needs and expectations.