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Open City: To defend KETHEA's therapeutic action against government planning

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As she points out in her announcement: "The Open City had reacted from the first moment, two years ago, when the government of ND, with its popular method of the Legislative Content Act, violently and without any consultation abolished the self-government of KETHEA, replacing the elected and unpaid administration with one appointed. We had stressed then that the significant presence of KETHEA in the field of detoxification was intertwined with a model of administration focused on the therapeutic community, self-management and its assemblies. In our intervention in the Municipal Council, Mr. Bakoyannis had preferred, instead of taking a position, to promise a full discussion on substance abuse, which we are still waiting for.

Today, through the now appointed Board of Directors of the Center, and at a time when the pandemic intensifies the dangers faced by our substance-dependent fellow citizens, the catastrophic interventions at KETHEA continue. With a neo-liberal 100-page cut plan, it is proposed to abolish therapeutic programs and reduce the number of therapeutic structures, through unscientific mergers of dissimilar programs. At the same time, the administrative services are being expanded and superpowers are being assigned to the now highly paid administration, while it is difficult to recruit former beneficiaries to the Center, a practice with a substantial therapeutic impact.

The Open City has the issue of substance dependence very high in its priorities. The Municipality of Athens can face the problem only through a multidimensional cooperation with the Region and Municipalities of Attica, as well as with bodies and collectives that develop actions in the field of detoxification. "Unfortunately, the government's choices are in the exact opposite direction, with the first victims being the addicts themselves."

The Open City concludes the announcement will support the struggle of the employees in the Center for the preservation of its therapeutic physiognomy and will seek an open dialogue within the Municipal Council, where it will submit its proposals for a creative and anti-addiction approach that will target substance abuse. reintegration and will enhance, rather than shrink, the potential of therapeutic communities.

Magda Bouloukou

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