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The Russian charitable foundation NAN (No to Alcoholism and Drug Addiction) was established in Moscow in 1987. In September 1991, NAN registered as a nonprofit all-Russian social organization with the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, and in 1995, NAN became associated with the Department of Information and Public Relations of the United Nations.
The NAN Foundation's primary goal is to counteract the consequences of chemical dependency in Russian society. To date NAN has been active primarily in the following three areas:
Professional / Medical
- NAN provides education, certification, and training in the human services field of chemical dependency prevention and treatment through the Social Science Academy in Moscow. Students are professionals in health care, psychology, and human services. In addition, NAN developed the certified position titled "Specialist in Human Services." This position was recognized by the Health Ministry of Russia which allows state institutions to hire Human Services Specialists.
- The Center of Medical and Social Support and Adaptation is a treatment facility established by NAN which adheres predominantly to the 12-Step Model of Recovery and has even established its own version--a daytime 12-step program called "ZEBRA."
- The Drug and Alcohol Council of Russia is an information and networking center for professionals. It was created in part by NAN.
- The Professional Addiction Information and Resource Center houses and disseminates information concerning drug and alcohol prevention and treatment, i.e. 12-step literature, translated lectures, etc.
Social care for juveniles
- Foreign organizations that have worked with NAN in the professional/medical field:
- Salus International (San Fransisco, US)
- State Science Narcological Center (Russia)
- Moscow Medical Academy
- International Institute for Alcohol Education
and Treatment (Connecticut, US)
- Center For Citizen Initiatives (San Fransisco, US)
- Psychiatric Clinic "Blumendal" (Holland)
- Lakeside Recovery Center (Idaho, US)
- International Organization of Good Templars (UK)
(a worldwide association of social organizations
developing anti-narcotic programs since 1851)
- In October 1992, NAN established the first Moscow shelter for abandoned children at 27-4 Profsojuznaya ul., Moscow.
- In addition to the shelter in Moscow, NAN is responsible for the creation of a network that links shelters founded by NAN's affiliates in other regions, including Saransk, Mordovia, Ivanovo, Ekaterinburg, and Kursk.
- NAN's shelter was used as a model by the Russian Parliament's Committee of Women, Family, and Youth for a bill that addressed issues of child abandonment, youth crime prevention, and the rights of young people.
Social movement formation
- Foreign organizations that have worked with NAN to protect juveniles:
- "Equilibre" (France)
- "Medicins sans Frontieres" (Brussels, Belgium)
- Echanges et Valeurs Est-Ouest (France)
- Corf-Drobs organizations (Bavaria, Germany)
- Centrepoint (Great Britain)
- European Federation of National Organizations
Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA)
- NAN works with Russian and foreign media to raise public awareness of non-profit activity in Russia, especially with regard to prevention and treatment issues.
- NAN owns a publishing company which produces publications on treatment and prevention of chemical dependency and other related fields.
- NAN was one of the founders of the Agency for Social Information in Russia.
- Presently, NAN is participating in the creation of a TV company.
- NAN prepared a bill entitled "Social Order" which proposed a new state financing system for social programs in Russia.
- NAN works with the following organizations in Russia and abroad for social reform:
- Eurasia Foundation (US)
- Charities Aid Foundation (Great Britain)
- Charitable foundation "Human Soul" (Russia)
- Charitable foundation "Soprichastnost" (Russia)
- Russian Volunteer Center
- United Way International
- World Learning (US)
Last updated: July 1997
A print version of much of the information contained in this NIS Third Sector Organizations section can be found in the The Post-Soviet Handbook (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1999).