Many people are addicted to something. Sometimes, however, addiction crosses the line and you need to seek professional help. Here in Příbram, the Magdaléna Addictive Services Center has been offering it for twenty years, helping clients with various types of addictions. Among them are also young people, whom the Center tries to help mainly preventively and educationally.
“Addiction, whether to alcohol, tobacco, or the first experiments among these children, is decreasing, but on the other hand, the time they spend on the Internet or the time they spend playing is increasing,” added Ondřej Sklenář, director of Magdaléna ops.
Magdalen also plays an important role in cooperation with the Příbram prison, because up to 80 percent of convicts have a history of substance abuse.
“We try to make prisoners work during that sentence, we offer them counselling, treatment and support. And I try to work with them just before release, so that he does not return to addiction and maybe even back to the street,” explains the director of Magdaléna op Ondřej Sklenář.
Magdaléna ops has been operating in the Central Bohemian Region and in Prague in a wide range of addiction services for 25 years, the Příbram Center celebrated 20 years of existence. The Governor of the Central Bohemian Region Petra Pecková (STAN) did not miss the celebrations, who at the same time wished Magdalena many good things in the coming years.
“I would like the people who work in these services to continue to do so with great commitment, enthusiasm that will not burn out. I would like them to burn but not burn out. And also that every client who decides that he needs help and wants to look for it and takes the step to look for help, so that he also finds it,” wishes the Governor of the Central Bohemian Region, Petra Pecková (STAN).
And because high-quality care can never be done without commitment, enthusiasm and a professional approach, but also without money, the Governor also came with good news.
“I’m glad that not only Magdalena, but addiction services in general managed to give such a small gift this year, because despite the savings we now have in all funds, it was addiction services that received 5 million out of 3.5 million,” she concludes Petra Pecková (STAN), Governor of the Central Bohemian Region.
In conclusion, all that is left is to wish Příbram Magdalena a lot of strength, energy and enthusiasm for the next years of operation, because in the twenty years of her existence she helped thousands of people, whom she cured of addictions, returned to society and literally saved many lives. And such work always makes sense. Ondřej Švec, Television Prague.