FREE FROM DRUGSOrganisation was established in 1984. Free from Drugs is the oldest non-governmental organisation to provide support and information services for people with drug and substance abuse in Finland.
Through 24 years experience of helping families in drugs related crises, we have developed a diverse portfolio of services such as counselling and support for individuals and families, as well as phone and email services.
The contribution of the organisation is largely based on voluntary work. We have about 200 volunteers, however, also employ 14 professional staff. We are operating in 18 local branches nationwide in Finland. The organisation works independently and without religious base.
Free from Drugs organisation exists to give drug addicts and substance abusers as well as to their families the opportunity to access information and support. Our services are adaptable to individual needs.
Our aim is also to influence Government policy on drugs and substance abuse, particularly treatment and rehabilitation.
• Provide information on the impact of drugs on families,
and how society should respond.
• Prevent and reduce drug related harm by giving information
on drugs and the problem of addictions, especially drug addictions.
• Support restrictive drug policy.
• Participate in drug related conversation in the Media.
VOLUNTEER WORK IN LOCAL BRANCHES
Volunteer work at all times with guidance from the stuff. Volunteers can engage in different tasks in local branches based on their own interest and suitability. These tasks include among others working as a support person, arranging events; lecturing to various audiences, fundraising or answer to the Service line (Päivystävä puhelin). All work is done under strict confidentiality.
Anyone interested in applying to be a volunteer can email us.
Coordination of volunteering work
Tel: +358 50 320 8947
SERVICESNational Drug Service line
Confidential drug information and advice in The National Drug Service Line by Free from Drugs organisation Tel. +358 (0)10 80 4550
Free from Drugs organisation maintains confidential telephone service that offers advice, support and information for those who are concerned or have questions about drugs.
The service is available to anyone Mon-Fri 9 - 15 and 18 - 21 at a very reasonable cost. The Service line not only provides advice but also confidential counselling to callers who think they have a drug related problem. Callers might be drug users, recovering or past users, friends, family or colleagues. All staff employed and volunteers on the Service line have been trained by Free From Drugs organisation and conversations are confidential.
These are typical questions put to the Service line staff:
We provide information and services to:
In order to catch maximum clientele, we are closely cooperating with local and national institutions and organisations.
Individual client meetings can be organised in the local branches
friends, family or colleagues.
to the whole family.
friends, family or colleagues.
to the whole family.
The support person and a client make an agreement, which specifies the roles and responsibilities for both sides. Support to clients can take different forms and vary from meetings, telephone or e-mail contacts to assistance in dealing with different authorities or daily routines.
Some typical situations when a support person can be of assistance:
Peer Support Group
friends or family.
FAMILY SUPPORT CENTRE The Stuff working in the Family Support Centre is professionals in therapy work. The services are meant for drug addicts and their families in different phases during the use and the recovery. We provide confidential counselling to clients who think they have a drug related problem.
Services are flexible and innovative in providing assistance and responding to family needs. Family Support Centre offers services free and there is no need for referral.
The stuff is specialised to assist in the family crises caused by drug abuse.
Forms of support:
The address: Family Support Centre
Mariankatu 13 A 2, 00170 Helsinki
Tel. +358 040 774 1593
Fax +358 (0)10 830 8050
TRAINING All volunteers from Free From Drugs are trained by the organisation. The focus of training is to provide the volunteers with basic knowledge of drugs and substance abuse and give them information and skills to help clients with drug problem. It is important to support the volunteers to choose a task, which is suitable for them, and provide them with coping skills.
Free from Drugs organisation lectures and gives information on drugs e.g. to parent evenings, schools and various training institutions and workplaces. Lecturers are from among the stuff or qualified volunteers from local branches. Lectures are based on the needs of the client. The subjects vary from effects or identification of drug abuse; the use of the narcotics as a social phenomenon to family crisis and rehabilitation.
Tel: +358 50 371 34 55
Tel: + 358 (0)6 361 6460
The stuff of Free from Drugs Organisation is based in the Central Office in Helsinki. Their responsibilities include support the volunteers in the branches, information and communication, marketing, economic administration, product sales (Web-shop) and publications e.g. Irti magazine.
Add: Mariankatu 13 A 1, 00170 Helsinki
Tel: +358 (0)10 830 8000
Fax: +358 (0)10 830 8050
The BOARD 2011
Räsänen, Sami, in the local branch in Kuopio
Virtanen Kari, Training Manager, Myllyhoitoyhdisys ry
Hiltunen Marja, HRD Manager, The Finnish Police
Huusko Mari, Master of Social Science, Researcher, Career Councelor
Ketonen Yrjö, chief sergeat of criminal police (ret.)
Sillanpää Marjukka, Economy Administrator in the local branch in Turku
Turunen Juha, LT, Training Manager
Jokinen, Sirkka, in the local branch in Lappeenranta
Manninen Erkki, in the local branch in Oulu
Mannonen Outi, Attorney of law
Tourunen Päivi, Rehabilitation Specialist, in the local branch in Kuopio