We created a series of recommendations for Odense Municipality and created a new addiction prevention strategy.
We found that substance abuse could be rooted in psychological disorders, family instability or career issues, yet fragmented municipality departments don’t recognise such overlaps. A rehabilitation center seldom has any contact with the unemployment center, counselling center or medical wing. By treating abuse as a problem in isolation, many patients slip through the cracks.
When it comes to gender and identity, men are more likely to develop an addiction and tend to naturally avoid activities that can be associated with femininity, including the expression of doubt and vulnerability that are naturally inherent in the current public treatment. The male citizens with abuse issues expressed a greater need for surface level, straightforward tools and strategies in contrast to the women who like to spend time considering underlying issues. We recommended the use of such tools in order to address this need.
We found that the best window of opportunity for the Municipality to concentrate its efforts on tackling relapses is during the end of the treatment. This is a particularly vulnerable time when many citizens feel crippled by a lack of support.