The ins and outs of drugs, contact with drug users, harm reduction and drug policy
Mainline supports organisations worldwide who are working with people who use drugs. We foster long-term relationships with local organisations. But we also offer trainings, workshops and individual instruction and coaching.
Are you a professional who works with drugs users?
Mainline is the right partner for you!
Drugs users often live in the margins of society, and are not easy to reach. How do you make initial contact? How do you approach the subject of drug use with local authorities and policy makers? And how can you improve the human rights of people who use drugs?
Mainline has decades of experience working alongside both drug users and civil society.
Harm Reduction and healthier drug use
The trainings we offer are practical, versatile and based upon harm reduction. Central to this pragmatic approach is the improvement of the health, quality of life and living conditions of substance users, without imposing moral pressure on them.
Let there be no misunderstanding!
Mainline does not promote the use of drugs, nor do we involve ourselves in the global debate around the legalisation of drugs. We are convinced that a drug- free world is a utopian concept.
Our approach is therefore pragmatic in nature: if you’re using drugs, do it in the safest and least harmful way possible.
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Expertise: Mainline is one of the founders of harm reduction in the Netherlands and has over 15 years of experience in providing training worldwide.
Integral: alongside harm reduction, we also focus on poverty, stigma, family relationships, marginalisation and the choices/needs of substance users in different stages of their lives.
Practical: through intensive field work, contact with users and relationships with local organisations, we know what is happening in the streets.
Self-reliance: we assist substance users and our local partners in becoming self-reliant.
For everyone: we make no distinction between culture, religion, race, sexual orientation or gender.
Customised: we respect the culturally specific setting and take into account local conditions, sensitivities and limitations. In close consultation with our partners we identify training goals and the most appropriate form of service delivery.
Realistic: drug use is a social phenomenon and a drug-free world is a utopian concept.
If you have questions about training needs, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to discuss the possibilities with you.
Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Call: +31 (0)20 682 26 60 and ask for Jos Luteijn, trainer international
Mainline is one of the founders of harm reduction. Harm reduction is a proven exceptionally successful method of improving the health of substance users and is increasingly embraced by international organisations, including the WHO (World Health Organisation).
The best-known examples of harm reduction strategies are needle exchange and opioid substitution (e.g. methadone) programmes.
Who is your client? How do you initiate contact? What motivates him/her? What are their personal needs? It’s vital to understand the experience of a person who uses drugs.
In this training we take a close look at the world of drug users using discussions, videos and presentations and by sharing first- and second- hand experiences.
Operating from the principle of ‘listen, learn and match resources to needs’, you’ll learn ways of connecting with substance users to ensure that the assistance and support offered is consistent with the client’s wishes.> Read more
Motivational interviewing is a method in which you stimulate the personal motivation of the other person. Behavioural change comes from within, so rather than imposing rules or directing someone, you put them in the driver’s seat and invite them to take the steps necessary to meet their goals.
In this training you learn to conduct motivational interviews within your own work environment. How do you confront someone about their behaviour? How can you set and reach common goals?> Read more
Mainline works with local organisations around the world at both the street and policy level. Linking local organisations, human rights organisations> Read more
In every culture and all around the world, drugs are used. But which are currently the most popular drugs? What are the trends? What effects do they have, how are they used and what risks do they pose?
Mainline is streetwise and gives honest information, practical tips and advice about safer drug use. Therefore, local conditions are our starting point.> Read more
After this training you’ll be able to prevent or identify an overdose, act appropriately and use life-saving tools such as naloxone in an emergency.
Tips, tricks and knowledge
No matter if you’re an outreach worker, a peer or helping professional: it’s important to know how to react to health questions and medical emergencies.
Many people who use drugs also have psychological issues such as anxiety disorders, depression or ADHD.> Read more
Here are some examples:
Mapping: learn how to map where substance users commonly go so you can consistently come into contact with them.
Establish harm reduction: learn to work from a harm reduction perspective – from guiding your team, to ensuring team safety, to arranging transportation, procuring needles and ensuring you have traction in your community.> Read more
In this training, we openly discuss the taboos around sex and drugs. We bring into focus our own norms and values: how do you put aside your own convictions in order to openly discuss sex and substance use?
Another topic for discussion are sexually transmitted diseases. Can you contract hepatitis by having unprotected sex? Can you transfer HIV if you’re using ARVs? And is bare-sex safe if you’re both HIV-negative?> Read more
In many countries, access to opioid substitutes such as methadone and buprenorphine is difficult to impossible.
But opioid substitution therapy (OST) is a proven effective element of the harm reduction package. It greatly reduces or eliminates the need to inject, bringing down the risk of contracting HIV or hepatitis.