Tukikohta ry is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organisation which is helping people who are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction by offering them a variety of harm reduction and rehabilitation services. We also support recovering addicts and the family members and the loved ones of substance abusers. Established in 2000, the association is politically and religiously independent.
Our services include supervised group activities, individual case management, peer activities and day centre activities for substance abusers, rehabilitation services and training for recovering addicts as well as peer activities, support and counselling services and recreational activities for the families of substance abusers.
Our aim is also to influence the social standing of substance abusers and their families in the community and to support them to get the help they need. We strive to strengthen their individual agency, to improve quality of life and to support involvement and participation in the society. We are working to reduce stigma and social problems encountered by substance abusers and their families. For its entire existence, the association has sought to address social issues by, for example, developing the Finnish substance abuse treatment system and promoting a positive attitude towards the treatment of substance abusers. We are engaged in cooperation with authorities, different medical units and other associations and organizations active in social work and substance abuse work.
We are located in Helsinki, Finland. Our office is in Vallila at Mäkelänkatu 56, and our client premises are at Mäkelänkatu 4 A (services for substance abusers), Helsinginkatu 30 (AfterStep rehabilitation programme) and Näkinkuja 4 (peer activities for substance abusers).
We get our main funding from the revenues of the Finnish national betting company Veikkaus granted by the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. Other financiers are Department of Social Services and Health Care of the City of Helsinki as well as European Social Fund. Our development cooperation project Sopi Jikko in Senegal during the years 2009-2015 was funded by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Our follow-up rehabilitation programme Jälkipolku (Afterstep), on the other hand, relies on municipal funding.