Addiction is a lifelong disease and it is crucial for recovery and as well later on to provide people with a safe space within which they can heal. Therefor IBC started an initiative conducting self-help-seminars to assist Blue Crosses in establishing self-help groups in their countries. The first seminar was held from 24 till 31 January in Botswana.
The training was conducted using the christian 12 step model compass as a framework for self help groups. "It was a powerful experience of learning that each person needs to work on themselves and the facilitator role is to be on the same level as all participants, and listen", Anne reported after her trip, which was the first among a series of trainings to come.
International Blue Cross
International Blue Cross (IBC) protects people from being harmed by alcohol and drugs. As a non-governmental organisation IBC unites 38 independent national organisations in 37 countries under its umbrella. That makes it possible for us to engage worldwide in protecting the most vulnerable people and offering them better prospects. We advocate for a society free of violence, discrimination and addiction-related illness!
Fields of Intervention
- alcohol and drug prevention programmes
- therapy and counselling
- advocacy and lobbying
As professional actor in international development cooperation, IBC places the utmost importance on the sustainability of its programmes. Our special focus is on alcohol and drug prevention programmes for the youth. We achieve long-lasting impact by equipping people to help themselves, simultaneously influencing decision-makers, pressing for effective policies to protect people. IBC is ZEWO-certified and holds consultative status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (UN ECOSOC).