Associaçâo Dianova Portugal

Founded in 1984, the Association Dianova Portugal specializes in providing people with substance use disorders with an array of prevention, treatment and reintegration services. In addition, the association develops social programmes, psychosocial support services and training activities for people and organizations. Lastly, Dianova Portugal develops community-based health promotion initiatives.

Quinta das Lapas (Torres Vedras, Portugal)

Visit of the center of Quinta das Lapas (Torres Vedras, Portugal) during the 20th anniversary of the Dianova network in June 2018 – photo Dianova

Dianova Portugal in 2018

35 + 3

Employees and volunteers

6 facilities

1 head office, 1 residential centre, 1 reintegration apartment, 1 training facility, 1 psychosocial support centre, 1 social & vocational reintegration centre

2,367 people served

By the services and programmes developed by Dianova Portugal in 2018

6,968 people impacted

Through the awareness campaigns implemented by Dianova Portugal in 2018

Programmes and Activities 2018

  • Assessment and diagnosis
  • Residential addiction treatment programme
  • Reintegration programmes
  • Training and diploma courses
  • Family interventions (individual support, groups and families)
  • School-based awareness initiatives
  • Community-based prevention initiatives
  • Social support and community development
  • Participation in Dianova International’s campaigns

Beneficiaries in 2018, by intervention areas

  • Education, training, children and youth
  • Physical and mental health, addiction services
  • Social and humanitarian services

Impact on the Sustainable Development Goals

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

8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training.

10.2 By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.

Related Activities

Dianova Portugal’s addiction treatment and reintegration activities directly benefited SDG 3 (Good health and well-being) target 5 (166 direct beneficiaries of treatment programmes and evaluation and assessment consultations and 234 beneficiaries of family intervention programmes). In addition, Dianova’s reintegration programmes made a direct contribution to SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth), target 6 and a cross-cutting contribution to SDG 10 (Reduced inequalities) target 2.

4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship

4.5 By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations

17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

Related Activities

Dianova Portugal training programmes, including university- and work-based training initiatives, private training delivered by the Dianova Training Centre, and prevention and awareness-raising activities in schools, have directly contributed to SDG 4 (Quality education) target 4 and, transversally, target 5. Lastly, Dianova Portugal contributes to SDG 17 (Partnerships for the goals) target 17, through its national and international partnership projects.

Certifications and Accreditations

  • Non-governmental organization for development
  • Social solidarity institution of public utility
  • Training organization certified by the General Directorate for Employment and Labour Relations (DGERT) and CCPFC accredited (Scientific and Pedagogical Council for Continuing Education)
  • Coordinator for the European Commission’s and European Parliament’s national campaigns
  • Accredited by the General Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD – Ministry of Health)
  • Registered as a health organization by the Health Regulatory Entity (ERS)
  • ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management
  • Host Institution of the Refugee Support Platform (PAR)
  • Associated with the Non-Governmental Forum for Social Inclusion (FNGIS)
  • Member of the Portuguese Federation of Private Institutions Working in Addiction (FETO)
  • Listed in the Transparency Register of the European Commission and the European Parliament
  • Registered with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the United Nations Economic and Social Council (DESA – ECOSOC)
  • Member of the National Network of Corporate Social Responsibility – RSO PT
  • Member of the iGen Forum – National Forum of Organizations for Equality
  • Member of the European Federation of Therapeutic Communities – EFTC
  • Member of the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs – VNGOC

Drug Policy in Portugal

This video explains how Portugal successfully addressed a serious drug crisis through a public health approach based on the decriminalization of drug use and an effort towards the implementation of harm reduction services. However, access to abstinence-oriented treatment programmes can prove difficult. More about Dianova’s labour reintegration enterprise “Dianova’s greenhouses” starting from 11mn and 26s.

Contact Information

Some of the projects or activities currently running in Associaçâo Dianova Portugal

  1. Addiction Services Are Essential Services

    Dianova launches an international campaign to raise awareness of the need that addiction services be on par with other healthcare...

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  2. Our Centres Need your Help!

    Some populations are more vulnerable to Covid-19, including people who use drugs and those who are trying to overcome their...

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  3. Psychosocial Support Centre in Lisbon

    "Facilitating access to an emotional and relational well-being" - interview with Ana Catarina Baptista, Clinical Psychology and Psychology of Emotions...

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  4. Mocktails, a Health Promotion Initiative.

    The objective of the initiative is to raise awareness of consequences of alcohol and substance abuse, including school dropout, increased anxiety or...

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  5. Social Reintegration Enterprise: Dianova’s Plant Nursery

    Good practice for the social reintegration of former drug users in Portugal The Dianova Viveiros de Floricultura plant nursery in Portugal was founded as...

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