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The problem

Former users of psychoactive substances with prison experience face significant barriers to social reintegration and strong social stigma.
Problematic substance use distorts family and social relationships, and hampers education and employment opportunities, leading to fear of relapse, isolation, and reduced motivation upon release. 
Imprisonment alone fails to achieve social inclusion and bears substantial social and economic costs affecting victims, communities, and society’s overall well-being.

Our solution

Odyssea in cooperation with KETHEA EN DRASI implements an unprecedented in the Greek context, holistic approach for the social reintegration of imprisoned and released former users of psychoactive substances. 

Two distinct phases:

  • In detention facilities – during incarceration
  • In Reception Centers for Released Persons

Includes: therapeutic treatment, vocational training, professional orientation, and post-therapeutic support for smooth reintegration.

Vocational Rehabilitation

Psychotherapeutic Rehabilitation

Social Reintegration

Social Relief

He who opens a school door closes a prison ~ Victor Hugo

Studies have shown that inmate participation in education, vocational and job training, prison work skills development, mental health and other treatment programs, all reduce recidivism, significantly.

— Bobby Scott

people trained in prison
released people trained
people job counselled
people job matched
total participants


They have helped me a lot to open my mind and my thinking to learn new things that, both while I was in use, and in my life in general as it were, I didn't have that option...Here I am given that option, it helps me a lot. It's also very good that I am given options for a career because after prison it's quite difficult for me to be able to stable job somewhere. And in general, we have a lot of fun with the team. It's my happy time.

Ilias K.

The collaboration with Odyssea and KETHEA EN DRASI provided the beneficiaries within and outside of the detention centers, the ability to reflect that aesthetics are directly connected with consistency and the need for a vision in life. Odyssea team embraced our KETHEA EN DRASI members and that gave them the hope for a better life. The collaboration of the two organisations puts this vision into practice. The continuation of this collaboration is the common demonitor for the realisation of the therapeutic and the educational targets of the KETHEA EN DRASI member.

Irene Tsalera

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