Asociación Proyecto Hombre, Spain.

Proyecto Hombre was launched in 1984 based on a traditional "Therapeutic Community Model" that involves a series of stages or phases in rehabilitation and social reinsertion. The length of the treatment depends on the personal process for each individual. The organization has various centres around Spain and the various sites have slightly different structures based on the socio-cultural needs, economic resources, and different institutional infrastructures in place. Yet all PH programs share a fundamental concept: individuals are "aware" beings who are capable of solving their own problems. People are free to choose the life they want and are responsible for the actions and consequences resulting from their choices. Proyecto Hombre is open to all who need treatment and is not linked to any particular political or religious ideology.

Seven fundamental objectives for treatment are cornerstones of Proyecto Hombre:

  • Abstinence from non-alcoholic drugs;
  • Moderate use or abstinence from alcohol;
  • Cessation of criminal activity;
  • Obtaining and keeping a job;
  • Improvement of the educational level;
  • Improvement of family relationships; and
  • Establishment of relationships with people who do not use drugs.

The Therapeutic Intervention Model has three phases: Motivation, Therapeutic Community, and Reinsertion.

Motivation lasts 3 months and the objectives of this outpatient phase are to achieve abstinence from drugs and develop the motivation necessary to move toward personal maturity. Some of the activities included are group therapy, clinical consultations, seminars on various topics, courses in occupational areas, family therapy, and self-help groups.

Therapeutic Community which focuses on self-awareness. The objective is for the client to develop insight about himself or herself through positive experiences. This phase can be residential, outpatient, or a combination of the two, and it lasts about 7 to 9 months.

Reinsertion is accomplished through six routes that are matched to the needs of each client. The routes and their key goals are:1) Personal-helping addicts experiment with a drug-free lifestyle;2) Family-working with affected families and clients concurrently;3) Social and cultural-helping build new social networks and constructive activities for free time and leisure;4) Training and labour-acquiring personal and professional capacities to find gainful employment;5) Medical and health-providing health education and forming a link to the public health system; and 6) Legal and penal-dealing with existing legal issues that could affect treatment.

Proyecto Hombre offers its clients several additional programs and services like support program, Family Program, Adolescents Program, Methadone Program, Alcohol Program, Cocaine Program, Alternative Reinsertion, Prison Program, Gypsy Rehabilitation and Reinsertion Program.

Participating in the network may be beneficial in terms of allowing professionals to exchange knowledge as well as the advantages of learning about other programmes in different countries with different cultures.  It could also prove beneficial in terms of the objectives proposed by these work groups which are very useful in the area of drug dependence.

The experience acquired by the people who participate in the project shall be shared later with the rest of the centres of the PHA by way of common areas such as the commission of penal experts and the Assemblies.

Working Group

Drug treatment and rehabilitation in prison settings

Contact details
Director:           Albert Sabatés
Focal Point:       Antonio Jesus Molina, Psychologist & TC Manager
Address:           Carril del Agramesón, 30  CP18183 Huétor Santillán  Granada
Phone:              +34 958545462
Fax:                 +34 958545462

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