A new report, “Part of a Context,” presents successful outcomes in the rehabilitation of female substance abusers with the help of a network model used at Fortuna House in Värnamo, Sweden. The project helped 18 of 20 women out of their abuse, that is, 90 percent.
“Considering the clients we have, these results are sensational,” says Sture Korpi, director general of SiS, the National Board of Institutional Care, which operates the home for abusers placed in compulsory rehabilitation and which evaluated the network method.
The women at Fortuna House were sentenced to care under the Act for the Care of Abusers. During the project period, 2000–2002, the women were assigned a contact person with whom they established a relationship of trust. The contact person saw to it that the women also received continued support after they had left the home. This relationship as such proved to be valuable, and it helped the women find the spark to join the network or parts of a network that still existed. “We want to emphasize the power of the social network that many clients still have, in spite of it all,” says Gunnel Elf, director of Fortuna House.
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