Workplace Stakeholders! Drug Free America Foundation cordially invites you to our October 29, 2020 webinar entitled, Recovery and the Workplace.

Webinar Summary

We are excited to share with you presentations from two unique international programs of recovery and return to working productivity: San Patrignano, a recovery community in Italy, and Obra Social Ferroviaria, railway workers’ health service of Argentina.

San Patrignano:
San Patrignano does not consider drug addiction as a chronic disease, although recognizing that is a recurring one. Therefore, instead of medicalization, the community helps the individual journey towards recovery, with the ultimate goal of reaching a sober and productive life, finding a way out from addiction. The drugs of choice are uninfluential because the drug free approach does not tackle the drug itself, but the roots causes that brought people to the abuse, and the program is tailor made and people-centered. The program actively works in dismantling the addictive behavior introducing positive element in life, practicing the ethic of responsibility and accountability, educating people and nurturing their talents, thanks to job training and life skills, leading to individual empowerment and aiming at final social reintegration.

Obra Social Ferroviaria:
The presentation is about an addiction prevention program in the workplace and its evaluation.The program focuses on job reintegration, awareness of illness, and peer support.The program has been carried out since 2010 in the Obra Social Ferroviaria (railway workers’ health service) in Argentina.

Webinar Objectives

  • Participants will learn about two unique international approaches to recovery and return to the workplace.
  • Attendees will understand the importance of the return to working productivity to a person’s recovery from substance use disorders.
  • Participants will learn about issues encountered by both employers and employees when recovering workers return to the workplace following treatment.
  • Attendees will learn about the impacts of stigma in the workplace.

Webinar Presenter: Monica Barzanti

Monica Barzanti currently serves as the Head of International Relations and Prevention at San Patrignano. She graduated in Modern Foreign Languages in 1981, followed by a graduation as a professional educator. In 1979 she has started at San Patrignano as a volunteer, mentoring girls and young women in their path to recovery from drug addiction. In 1986, she became part of the Communications staff, organizing international events, and participating in conferences in Italy and abroad as keynote speaker. In 1998, she began with the International Relations Team full time and has been coordinating and tutoring study visits and workshops for the Community by schools, volunteer groups, social workers, policy makers, scholars and people working in the addiction field, both Italians and foreigners. She also collaborates in the creation and implementation of Master Courses on addiction. Since 2006 she has been a member of the Vienna NGO Committee, representing San Patrignano at UN events. She is Board Member of many International networks, as consultant and expert in recovery and prevention methods and transfer of expertise.

Webinar Presenter: Dr. Roberto Canay Mg. Ph.D.

Dr. Canay currently serves as the Co-Director for the Argentina Chapter of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP). Previously he was the he was Undersecretary of Secretariat of Comprehensive Policies on Drugs of the Argentine Nation (SEDRONAR)’ the Director of the Addictions Observatory of the Buenos Aires City Government, and a researcher of the Psychiatric Epidemiology Program of CONICET.

He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Journal “Acta Psiquiátrica y Psicológica de América Latina”; a U.S. Department of State, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Fellow; a full professor at the University of the Argentine Social Museum (UMSA) and at the University of Salvador (USAL); and a postgraduate professor in Master of Psychopathology and Mental Health at IUSAM (Asociación Psicoanalítica de Buenos Aires).

He completed his Doctor of Psychology (Graduated Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Salvador; his Master’s Degree in Community Mental Health from the Universita ‘Degli Studi Di Cagliari in Italy; Community Treatment Specialist from the University of Paraíba in Brazil; his postgraduate in Governance and Political Management, San Andrés University and George Washington University; and a Bachelor of Psychology degree from the University of Salvador.