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Aim of the Project and Introduction
The EU project “OLDIM” deals with the following issues:
- How can older drug addicts (who are already socially marginalised or massively threatened with marginalisation) be reached with educational offers appropriate to their age and development?
- What alternative offers can substitute lacking career prospects?
- What kind of offers promote activity and participation in social life?
The number of older addicts is continuously increasing due to various developments (specialised healthcare among other things). They are part of a marginal social group which only shows little interest in an active lifestyle and educational offers due to their long-term addiction and the multiple resulting limitations with regard to their health, working ability, social contacts and cognitive capacity.
As a rule, the concepts of the drug withdrawal clinics have not yet undergone this developmental process. They pursue the primary aim of bringing the (previous) addicts back to employment. However, this cannot be realised as a matter of priority for the older generation of drug addicts due to their age and addiction-related life circumstances.
In view of the concerned aspects, the “OLDIM” project shall develop criteria which take into account the specific needs of older addicts with respect to social integration and enhancing their quality of life as well as sensitise employees in outpatient and inpatient facilities dealing with addiction for this topic and motivate them to adjust their own concepts when dealing with this marginalised social group.