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  • Official course of the MATRIX model for the intensive psychosocial treatment of addictions

Dominican Republic, August 30, 2019. 

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN), the National Drug Council (CND) and the National Health Service (SNS) organized the course MATRIX model officer on the intensive psychosocial treatment of addictions, which was dictated by international expert Dr. María Zarza. This model was developed in the United States and was brought and adapted to Spain. With this training, the model arrives for the first time in the Dominican Republic, creating a new generation of MATRIX therapists. The model is based on evidence and cognitive behavioural therapy and, due to its intensive four-month dimension, an extensive and precise organization is required. The supervision of the expert was essential to clarify doubts about the application in the country. In addition to the basic model, the training focused on the modules dedicated to women and adolescents, two vulnerable groups with specific needs. Details about the early recovery skills sessions as well as relapse prevention sessions were explained. The training, aimed at health professionals and public institutions, allowed to certify 34 health professionals, belonging to institutions dedicated to the assistance of drug users, such as the National Drug Council, Center for Comprehensive Assistance to the Unit (CAIDEP), CAIFI of the Office of the First Lady, Center for Comprehensive Attention to Children and Adolescents in Consumption of Psychoactive Substances (CAINNACSP), Attorney General's Office (PGR), MSP Mental Health, Mi Querencia Refuge (RMQ ), RESIDE, Open House, Mesón de Dios and a variety of NGOs. It was taught theoretically and practically, with exercises that allowed participants to practice their new knowledge and share techniques and experiences with their colleagues. 

This training allowed participants to obtain the resources, tools and material to implement the official model.

  • Official course of the MATRIX Model by Dr. Maria Zarza on the Intensive Psychosocial Treatment of Addictions 

September 9, 2019, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 

The MATRIX Model on the Intensive Psychosocial Treatment of Addictions came to our country for the first time at the hands of the international expert Dr. María Zarza where 34 health professionals, belonging to institutions d edicated to the assistance of drug users were certified within of the new generation of MATRIX therapists. The training was carried out by the UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in coordination with the #Drugs Council Rd and National Health Service -SNS-

  • Bionexum organizes the training course for professionals: Strengthening the capacity of health professionals in Afghanistan in the treatment and care of drug dependencies with a human approach, focused on empirical interventions

Valencia, February 25th to March 1st

Development of Recovery Management Protocols with Study Tour to Drug Treatment and Recovery Facilities in Spain for Afghanistan - Evidence-based and Human-centred Drug Dependence Treatment and Care 

Substance/Drug Use Disorders (S/DUDs) constitute a public health, developmental and security problem both in industrialized and industrializing countries worldwide. Nowadays, scientific evidences have indicated S/DUDs are multi-factorial brain disease and associated with health problems, poverty, violence, criminal behaviour, and social exclusion. Strengthening prevention and treatment for people with S/DUDs is an essential demand reduction strategy of significant public health importance, which is a cornerstone of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS) outcome document and has been specifically set as Target 3.5 of Goal 3, under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Moreover, drug prevention and treatment would also contribute to the achievement of SDG 5 “Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls”, Target 16.1 of SDG 16 “Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere”, Target 16.2 "End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children" and Target 16.4 “By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial flows, combat all forms of organized crime”. As scientific studies have explicitly demonstrated that evidence-based drug treatments significantly reduce impulsive violence and criminal behaviours of the people with S/DUDs against family members including women and other ordinary citizens, these interventions contribute to not only improvement of public health but also strengthening of public safety. 

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