Organiser: Project Home Catalonia (Projecte Home Catalunya).

Collaborating organisation: Ramon Molinas Foundation.

Dates of implementation: 01/07/2019 – 30/06/2020.

 

The Gender Project, an initiative to promote specialised care for women with addiction problems

The Ramon Molinas Foundation is collaborating with Project Home Catalonia (Projecte Home Catalunya) with the aim of providing specialised care to women with addiction problems. The Gender Project (Proyecto Género) is a transversal initiative designed to provide the right care depending on the needs of each of the women taking part in the project. The project will improve access to drug, alcohol, and gambling dependency treatment programmes run by Project Home Catalonia.

The Gender Project was initiated by the Gender Commission at Project Home Catalonia. Its methodology is a biopsychosocial approach to addiction, focused on intervention and care for women with dependencies. However, the initiative is not only aimed at women undergoing treatment, but also incorporates gender equality sessions for the staff working at the organisation, and for the men attending the centre and their partners.

 

A transversal programme

The Gender Project provides care intervention for people undergoing treatment, sessions with the staff at Project Home Catalonia, and activities on raising social awareness about the social ostracization and stigma suffered by women with addiction.

The Gender Project is a transversal project. The programme will create a residential therapeutic space for eight women. The centre will help to foster cohesion and solidarity in the group; to identify women are also victims of violence, sexual abuse or suffer from eating disorders among other problems in order to provide them with specific and personal care; and to support women with dependent children with the aim of providing a balance between their addiction treatment and motherhood. Secondly, the Gender Project plans to work on socio-labour integration, establishing relationships with external companies to encourage the employment of the women taking part in the programme, focusing on female-dominated sectors.

The project will also include gender equality training with the men taking part in the Project Home Catalonia in a step to help prevent violence against women. Similarly, one of the principal features of the organisation is encouraging the participation of the families. The Gender Project will provide care for the women who are the partners of the people receiving treatment. These women often have an active role in their partner’s recovery, helping to remind them of the therapy guidelines and the resources available. Lastly, the initiative deepens connections with other institutions and organisations that care for women.

As for the sessions with the staff at Project Home Catalonia, the organisation will revise and update the Equality Plan and action against sexual harassment and aggression, providing gender quality training and encouraging the use of inclusive language. Lastly, to raise awareness, Project Home Catalonia  will take part in International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (26 June) and International Women’s Day (8 March) with the aim of raising awareness in society on social ostracization and severity of the addictions presented in this group.

 

Women with addictions, a collective that suffer the most ostracization and social stigma, and have the greatest severity of dependence

Women with addictions are one of the groups that suffer the most from social exclusion, social stigma and often have the most severe form of addiction. Yet throughout 2018, only 14% of people treated at Project Home Catalonia were women. This small percentage is due to the challenges experienced by many women when it comes to accessing treatment programmes, due to the double stigma that they face. Women with addictions are particularly singled out for using drugs and are blamed for failing to comply with traditional female roles.

Additionally, women that enrol for treatment programmes at Project Home Catalonia are typically at a worse stage of addiction than men, and with a problem more chronic. According to the data from the organisation, alcohol consumption in women is higher (40.8% for women and 31.2% for men), there is a higher rate of HIV (12% for women, and 6% for men) and there is a higher likelihood of suffering from more than one disorder (48% of women and 30% of men).

The Gender Project principally helps women, adolescents and adults with addictions or dependencies, that aren’t able to make decisions for themselves, or with low self-esteem compounded by social expectations. The majority of them come from fractured families, and do not have the support network at hand to help them recover from their addictions or with their own family’s demands.

 

Project Home Catalonia, an organisation that guarantees the right care for anyone with addiction problems

Project Home Catalonia was founded in 1995 with the mission of promoting the personal autonomy and dignity of people with addiction with treatment, prevention and raising awareness. With a team made up of 160 professionals and volunteers, Project Home Catalonia guarantees personalised care for any Catalan resident with drug dependency, alcoholism or gambling problems.

The organisation, which has centres in Barcelona, ​​Montgat, Montcada i Reixac, Tarragona, Tortosa, Tremp and Balaguer, offers multiple options for support depending on the needs of each person, including short interventions, assisted living, market labour integration and programmes to prevent addiction, and outpatient care, in both day centres and residential centres. Since its conception, the organisation has helped more than 22,000 people.

 

Links of interest:

Project Home Catalonia website.