The purpose of the Mauricovna project
Addiction is a distressing accompaniment of modern life, significantly affecting the younger generation. In the USA, nearly 10% of people have a drug-abuse problem. In the Czech Republic the problems are equally worrying. Some 16% of people are alcohol-addicted, representing the second highest rate of alcohol dependency in the world. The Czechs are also the leading cannabis-smokers in the EU, with 22% of young people using the drug.
The Červený Dvůr (Red Court) clinic is a magnificent heritage château with an extensive park near Český Krumlov in Southern Bohemia. It was built in 1590 and remodelled to its present appearance in the eighteenth century. The psychiatric clinic Červený Dvůr, founded in 1966, is a unique medical facility for the treatment of dependency on drugs, alcohol, smoking, gambling and social media. The château isn’t an exclusive facility: all Czech patients have access to treatment at Červený Dvůr through their health insurance.
In the château’s beautiful park the former estate supervisor’s cottage, the Mauricovna, is being restored to become a therapy unit where family relationships, broken by addiction, can be rebuilt. The restored Mauricovna will be the ideal peaceful location where the family healing process can begin during help to treat addiction.
The British charity The Friends of Czech Heritage, in cooperation with the psychiatric clinic Červený Dvůr and the Czech National Heritage Institute, has adopted the Mauricovna and sponsored it, financially and physically, with the aim of its restoration. This is an appeal for additional sponsors to finance the completion of the much-needed Mauricovna project