‘Long Futures’

This expression was created by a study from the National Antidrug Policies Department of the Ministry of Justice (SENAD/MJ), to refer to the work of the Cristolândias.

Research funded by SENAD/MJ pointed out that the use of crack in particular is not as prevalent as alcohol (only 0.8% of the adult population, while alcohol dependents are estimated in eight to fifteen times greater percentages). However, it has a potential for social exclusion that goes beyond what can be done by the use of any other drugs. The study showed that 40% of crack addicted live on the street, and 49% had been arrested. Women who use crack regularly have aggravating factors: 47% reported a history of sexual violence (compared to 7.5% among men).

Crack does not choose social class: all are affected and socially excluded, becoming resident in the cracolândias. Social exclusion is an action that goes beyond the treatment of addiction itself. Observing this aspect of the Cristolândias, SENAD’s research created the term ‘long futures’, a great recognition of Brazilian Baptists’ work.

Not only do the Cristolandias reduce drug damage and temporarily alienate the individual from their use, but they provide conditions of full social reintegration, since most users do not have a family waiting for them, or work, or any other perspectives of social integration.

SENAD described the creation of the long futures, as the fruit of a “long learning” and an offering of “where to go” for the individual.