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Deal with the craving and create with wood

Project title

Gestire il cravin e creare col legno

Description of initiative

The proposed project is aimed at drug addicts and the territory of the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy, who need specialized interventions for the promotion and prevention of mental health. The project aims to integrate group therapy for learning to cope with craving and the carpentry workshop, which is called Made (Im)perfect. Made (Im)perfect is the brand created within the social carpentry workshop of the Ortica Day Center. Each object is a handmade unique piece, each with its own history, its origins, its own characteristics: just like all of those who work on this project.
With the purchase of these products it is possible to economically support the care pathways of people who have social and psychological frailties. The objects are created by the people who participate in the proposed healing activities, including group therapy about craving.
The organisers want to propose and implement in the area: how to learn strategies for managing the restless mind (when under the effect of craving) and create in everyday life.

In the carpentry objects created you will find imperfections, different dimensions and perhaps some errors: this is what makes us unique and special.

We create unmistakable and unique wooden products, mixing INVENTIVENESS and MANUAL SKILLS,
to make the living spaces personalized.

We believe that wood looks like us,
it is a weather resistant material,
but at the same time ductile and transformable
by careful hands.

We, with our differences and fragility, are committed to giving a second chance to the scraps from which the object you are holding in your hands is born.

This second chance that we give to objects is reflected in the nature of the subjects, who aspire to create a life worth living for themselves.

Further information on the initiative

Themes: Culture and...

Individual well-being
Community well-being
Mental health
Physical health
Quality of social relations
Quality of services for specific groups
Work and workplace well-being


well-being, health, psychology, drug addiction, artisan carpentry, therapy group, social group

Target group


Cultural field



2024 - 2027

Results, benefits, impact and lessons learnt

The group therapy was monitored through a search that included quantitative (SCL-90 test, ACE, VGF) and qualitative assessment. The research was started in June 2022 and is ongoing. The first results show an increase in awareness of the disease and an increase in the motivation to maintain a life plan away from drug intake. There is also an increase in self-esteem and in the ability to take care of oneself and others.


Regione Emilia Romagna
Public / State | Other
Centro de Atenção Psicossocial
Public / State | Health
Social Cooperative Activities for Vulnerable Groups - EDRA
Other | Culture


Alma Mater Studiorum - Universita di Bologna
Public / State | Other
Art in Healthcare
United Kingdom
NGO / Non-profit | Culture