Dangerous situation with alcohol and drug addiction in the Russian North and state of Alaska has forced the Northern Forum to launch a working group in 2006 to address improvement of rehabilitation programs in Russia and in Alaska. Firstly the working group consisted of Vologda Oblast, Komi Republic, Sakha Republic, city of St. Petersburg, Khanty-Mansiysk and Chukotka AO. Currenty, all events are held by the Sakha Republic and Khanty-Mansiysk AO. This project is led by the Khanty-Mansiysk.

Aim of the project: to improve rehabilitation programs, treatment and rehabilitation of drug and alcohol addicted individuals located in the Northern Forum member regions.


Held events:

  • Training seminars attended by American specialists. Resulting publications: “Modern approaches to treatment and rehabilitation of alcohol and drug addictions in the North”, Khanty-Mansiysk 2006; “Training course for treatment and prevention of dangerous addictions in the Nort”h, Khanty-Mansiysk 2007; videoconference “Stages and strategies of short-term outpatient rehabilitation of drug and alcohol addicted patients in the North”, Khanty-Mansiysk 2008.
  • Khanty-Mansiysk psycho-neurological dispensary hosted an experimental platform for prevention and rehab of drug addicted individuals, 2008; http://narkohealth.ru
  • Khanty-Mansiysk delegates travelled to the United States to research current working concept and rehab standards of drug addicted patients in the USA, 2008
  • A rehabilitation program for addicted patients in the North was developed and incepted.
  • Clarification and updates of the working group’s participants list and of the Northern Forum member regions willing to participate in the project (First half of 2014)
  • Organization of the working group’s assembly to develop and approve the group’s working plan for 2014-2015 (First half of 2014)
  • Distribution of treatment model and rehabilitation of addicted patients in local hospitals, NF member regions (2014-2015)
  • Experience exchange, publication of handbooks, round tables, science conferences etc. (2014-2015)

To support this project and inform the Northern Forum of its progress, Mr. Novikov has given a presentation during the RCC meeting in October 2013.



Leading region: Khanty-Mansiysk

Contacts: Novikov Andrei Petrovich, Chief medical officer at the Khanty-Mansiysk AO Surgut State Psycho-neurological clinic;mobile +7(90281) 46-1-58 ;


Sakha - Matveyeva Nyurguyana Petrovna, MD-PhD, NF working group on Healthy Lifestyle, mobile +7(914)100-33-99, ;

Chukotka - ?

Yukon - ?