The Dutch Addiction Association intends
to combine and to share the knowledge
that helps us to treat people with addiction
and give them hope during their recovery
THE DUTCH ADDICTION ASSOCIATION (DAA)
The Dutch Addiction Association (DAA) was founded
in 2017. It is a network of organisations with expertise in the field of substance use and abuse in the Netherlands. This unique collaboration currently consists of twelve Dutch addiction
treatment centres, centres for rehabilitation and probation for addicted offenders, research institutes and a group of client representation boards. The network is still expanding with new
members and partners. The DAA is aligned and cooperates with the Dutch Association of Mental Health and Addiction Care (de Nederlandse ggz)
By addressing the stigma attached to addiction, the DAA aims to break down the barriers to treatment. We want to increase the effectiveness of preventive interventions in addiction problems and to reduce the treatment-gap in addiction. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the social consequences and damage caused by addiction-related issues. Through this collaboration, the participating parties contribute to creating a healthier and safer society. With our programme groups, targeting different subjects within the addiction field, we contribute to the critical goals of our DAA:
We have eight programme groups. Each group consists of experts working together in that area of expertise:
⇨ We can help people with addiction and those in recovery by enhancing openness about vulnerability and inciting pride in recovery.
⇨ Early detection of vulnerable people is essential. It helps to prevent the onset of addiction and further problems.
⇨ Through the implementation and maintenance of guidelines and standards, we contribute to the quality of the care in substance abuse treatment centres.
⇨ Contribute to the development of knowledge and skills regarding addiction, both in education and research.
⇨ An important theme is sharing knowledge and skills about the relationship between substance abuse and delinquency. With this knowledge, we can reduce problematic situations, raise safety and decrease public hindrance.
⇨ Through innovative developments, we can break down barriers to seeking help. Priority lies on e-mental health care and the digitisation of care.
⇨ How can we make use of big data for research and benchmark goals?
⇨ To position, youth addiction care more strongly in the national and municipal domain, in the landscape of youth care and to develop effective treatment offerings. The ambition is to have the right care for youth and young adults available locally in the Netherlands as early as possible, in cooperation with municipalities and chain partners. We know that timely recognition and tackling addiction issues are of great importance for personal and social impact. We want to achieve the ambition by working together and being visible to the target group, referrers and municipalities. But, we also want to join forces in terms of content to make a high-quality range of treatments available to youth and young adults with addiction problems.
There is a delegation of experts on the specific topic from the different parties. Personal recovery for patients with addiction problems is a focus point for all groups. The DDA relies on a combination of knowledge of scientific sources, practices situations and real-life experiences, by the diverse representation in both the board as in the programme groups.
The DAA also supports the Dutch Network of Tobacco Free Health Care Services, which is a member of the global network. The DAA will facilitate treatment centres to make their facilities tobacco-free.
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