“The Potter’s House"

13 August 2013

Blue Cross Romania starts new treatment centre “The Potter’s House”, allowing treatment of more than 150 alcohol and/or drug dependent people from across the country per year.

Blue Cross Romania’s work focus lies on treatment of addicted people. Until recently, it ran two treatment centres: one for men and one for women. This August, a new centre, funded by the International Blue Cross, opened its door. The manager of the men’s centre, Dr Holger Lux, explains: “We have run our activities in the treatment centre “House Nazareth” – 22 beds – over the past 20 years. There is a long waiting list at “House Nazareth”. We therefore wished to expand the rehabilitation capacity by building an additional centre: The Potter’s House.”

Blue Cross Romania officially inaugurated its new treatment centre in July 2013. Many guests, including friends, current and former patients and their families visited the new centre, which offers treatment facilities for 30 clients. The name of the centre – Potter’s House – refers to a touching Blue Cross tale by Roald Hansen, wearing the same name. The inauguration party comprised an ecumenical service in the Lutheran Church, a musical event and, interestingly, a round table held by former patients.

Blue Cross Romania was brought back into activity in 1990, after the end of communism. In the past two decades, more than 1,500 addicted men received treatment at “House Nazareth”.