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CENTERS OF PERSONAL REHABILITATION

Most ex-prisoners, alcoholics, drug addicts and people with gambling addiction aren't content with the way that they live, but they have no idea how to change it. To do this they need skills, support and assistance in overcoming the bad habits and gaining new ones.

Unfortunately in our country, as well as in a number of other countries, the corrections and penal system does everything to punish, but nothing to correct the criminals. That's why criminals make new acquaintances in the criminal world and are set free being angrier, more corrupt and with new skills of theft and deception. Our centers for social adaptation as well as prisons temporarily isolate a person from society. We often tell those who wish to come to us that we are more like an institution than like a resort. Telling about our strict rules, daily routine, no free exit and no personal funds usually weeds out those who need somewhere to sit out, hide, or wait for a while. We seek those who really want to change something in their lives.

We provide a course for social adaptation. For everyone at our centers we have psychologists and mentors that work with them to help them overcome alcohol, drug or gambling addiction. They teach the participants skills of communication, behavior in society and financial management. They also help in restoring documents, obtaining or restoration of vocational skills, and employment opportunities. This program is called “Journey to Freedom,” and it's been developed for those that are really in need. It’s a six month program and is aimed at helping those who wish to break out of the vicious circle of life's circumstances. Work with co-addicted people is also provided – with relatives of the addict who unconsciously by their love, fear or condemnation are not only unable to help the addict to change but also aggravate their position. In some cases they are even the cause of the situation. We gradually increase the level of trust to a person and the level of their freedom, so that a person can learn how to move from being controlled to having self-control, healthy thinking and taking responsibility for his or her actions.