Drustvo Up, Slovenia

Founded in 1993, Drustvo Up (Association Up) is dedicated to helping people with substance abuse disorders and their families. Up is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization working in the field of social protection with status of public utility in Slovenia

Listen First, slovenian

“Listen first – giving each day a little bit of your time can be critical to preventing risky behaviours.” Participation of Drustvo Up in the “Listen First” Campaign, an initiative promoted by UNODC and implemented by the Dianova network


Logo Drustvo UPThe association Up works in many areas related to addictions: implementing education and awareness activities for the general public; addressing substance use related stigma and discrimination; implementing prevention programmes; facilitating addiction treatment programmes in partnership with Dianova’s therapeutic communities abroad; providing reintegration programmes; and carrying out advocacy activities to pave the way for future actions related to  addiction policies and public health.

Drustovo UP in 2018

5 + 15

Employees and volunteers

2 facilities

1 reception and head office, 1 reintegration facility (halfway house)

107 people served

By the services and programmes developed by Drustvo UP in 2018

Programmes and Activities 2018

  • Information and referral services for people with substance use disorders and their families
  • Youth support
  • Individual and family counselling
  • Reintegration programme
  • School-based ‘Life Skills’ programme
  • Prevention workshops
  • Vocational mentoring programme
  • Conferences

Impact on the Sustainable Development Goals

3.4 By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.

3.5 Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol.

Related Activities

The association Up implemented a variety of addiction-related programmes and activities in 2018, including its reception, information and referral services (60 direct and indirect beneficiaries), individual and family counselling services (59) and residential reintegration programme (59). In addition, Up implemented a school-based outreach programme run by experts in a variety of fields that benefited 258 people this year. These programmes contributed to SDG 3 (Good health and well-being) targets 4 and 5, while addressing cross-cutting issues pertaining to SDG 4 (Quality education).

Lastly, the association developed a youth support programme dedicated to helping people live drug free, which benefited 72 young people.

Certifications and Accreditations

  • Audit of programmes by the Social Chamber of Slovenia
  • Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs
  • Ministry of Health
  • Municipality of Ljubljana

Contact Information

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