From February 21 to February 25, research fellows of the Sociology of Religion Laboratory at St. Tikhon’s University Valeria Elagina and Tatyana Krihtova conducted the fourth field study in Tver and the Tver region within the framework of the “Living Communities” project. This time, the research question focused on ways to help people with problematic drug and alcohol use, implemented around Orthodox parishes or with their support.
Three types of approaches were identified:
- the creation of an agricultural community around the restoration of the temple, with the aim of reviving the village;
- a rehabilitation center with professional psychological support practices based on the adaptation of the Familia Therapeutic Community approach;
- sobriety society for working with anonymous groups.
In general, 20 people from 4 parishes took part in the study.