Since the beginning of the pandemic and until the end of 2020, Proyecto Hombre Alicante has paid attention, through treatment and prevention programs, to a total of 2,968 people, among which we find the users of the therapeutic center and their families, whom the organization considers a fundamental pillar in recovery reason for which they also receive psychological treatment and accompaniment.
For its part, the association affirms that the demands for help in the province have remained stable during the covid period. “We have not noticed an increase in people with addiction problems.” Yes they highlight the adherence to treatment, That has increased to 78%, which implies that 8 out of 10 people with addiction problems have decided to take the step. “These people confinement during confinement that they had a problem with not having access to consumption,” says the director. He also adds that “we cannot forget that, in crisis situations, people with addiction problems are even more vulnerable as certain protective factors such as employment, family stability and social uncertainty are weakened.”
Adults with addiction problems who come to treatment respond to a profile, as indicated by the organization. A 41-year-old man, with a job in the last 3 years in 80% of the cases and with a stable life and a 44-year-old woman, with a job in the last 3 years in 71.42% and with little family support. «These data suggest that the lower number of women in treatment could be related to a greater social stigma on them. They arrive at an older age, and with problems associated with loneliness and social isolation, ”says Jareño.
Addiction in young people
A total of 107 young people have been cared for by Proyecto Hombre during this year due to addiction problems. The main substance for which young people demand attention is cannabis, with 69%, followed by the abuse of ICTs and pathological gambling in 26%, with a exponential rise of 12 points compared to 2019. Likewise, alcohol has also experienced an increase to 10%, when in 2019 it stood at 5%.
“We cannot justify and normalize drug addiction in young people, since it is linked to a school failure and an increase in aggressiveness on the part of the minor,” says Consagración Jareño. And, according to the director, these young people come to Proyecto Hombre por el family conflict that supposes its addiction. “Many of them justify their addiction problems to be able to be part of a group, to feel integrated”, Jareño sentence.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.