Lithuanian Association of Dependence Disorders Specialists successfully completed the project “Implementation of the Dependency consultant network in 9 Lithuanian municipalities” which was funded by the 59 thous euro grant from State Public Health Improvement Fund.
Over 4 thous consultancies in 2018 were carried out in cabinets by dependency consultants in the major cities of Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Alytus and Kaunas region, Marijampolė, Vilkaviškis, Anykščiai and Pakruojis municipalities.
The number of organization members also grew from 16 in the beginning of 2018 to 28 in the end of calendar year.
Lithuania follows the methodological path tested in Poland
The network of dependency consultants’ cabinets was based on the methodology successfully implemented in Poland and other EU countries for more than two decades.
Training for Lithuanian Association of Dependence Disorders Specialists was carried out by Dr Bohdan Woronowicz, MD, founder of AKMED center in Warsaw (Poland), renowned specialist in psychiatry, certified addiction therapy specialist and certified supervisor of addiction psychotherapy with more than 40 years of experience and other addiction treatment professionals.
According to self-evaluation survey, dependence disorder specialists gave high marks for the implementation of the project.
However, the consultants wished more additional training (e.g. in working with co-dependencies and with juvenile addicts), more professional literature and also more additional funding that would enable them to carry out the consultations in the rural areas of Lithuania.
In 2018, also additional projects were carried out in Kaunas by Lithuanian Association of Dependence Disorders Specialists and their partners, that included establishment of supervised Addiction Support and Social Skills Recovery groups.
Consultancies in 15 Lithuanian cities from 2019
The organization would be able to continue the work of dependency consultants in 2019, as State Public Health Improvement Fund announced another 88 thous euro grant for the project “Health Promotion Services in Dependency Counseling Cabinets”.
This time, the consultancies would be open for residents of Vilnius and Vilnius region, Kaunas and Kaunas region, Klaipėda and Klaipėda region, Šiauliai, Panevėžys, Alytus, Tauragė, Marijampolė, Vikaviškis, Anykščiai, Pakruojis and Švenčionys.Žymos:Bohdan Woronowicz, consultants, Lithuanian Association of Dependence Disorders Specialists