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Private clinics to treat addiction pondered
KUWAIT CITY, Jan 7: The Director of the Addiction Treatment Center in Kuwait, Dr. Adel Al-Zayed, considered that the re-formation of the Supreme National Committee for Drug Control overcomes many obstacles, as gathering the parties concerned with the issue of addiction in one place is sufficient to develop a national plan to deal with the problem and eliminate it, reports Al-Rai daily. Al-Zayed explained, in an interview with Al-Rai daily that the trend to establish private clinics for the treatment of addiction will be discussed by the Supreme Committee for Drug Control, expressing his hope that the controls in this regard will be quickly put in place, to see the light of day soon.
He pointed out that the Addiction Treatment Center provides an integrated service, and is capable of accommodating patients in Kuwait for the next ten years with its new expansion. He also stressed on the importance of the entertainment aspect in supporting the psychological state and people’s sense of well-being, stability and pleasure. He indicated that the lack of entertainment causes social problems, drug abuse, violence and other problems, but it alone is not the main reason.
He explained that there is an increase in the demand for treatment for addiction, as there has become a very great awareness of the drug issue and its follow-up, which has greatly affected the desire of many addicts to recover and get out of the problem, especially since the current trend lies in treating the patient from the social point of view, pointing out that the process retention is unacceptable for the addicted person, and it does not lead to positive results. He went on to say during the meeting, “We cannot deny the importance of the entertainment aspect in supporting the psychological state, and the people’s sense of well-being, stability and pleasure, as there is no society without arts, and the entertainment aspects are part of culture, arts, etiquette, etc., but it is wrong to say that there are no entertainment aspects in Kuwait. It is true that there are no festivals or entertainment cities, but this does not mean that there is no entertainment in the country.
Many Kuwaiti youth have distinctive entertainment hobbies, and they resonate greatly in the Gulf countries, and therefore the entertainment aspect is not completely closed, and the entertainment aspect must take the form of tourism, which is largely supported by the state, like some Gulf countries, but let us assume that the entertainment aspect does not exist Am I using this as an excuse or cause for social problems like drug addiction and violence? I do not think that the absence of recreational aspects is the main reason for the spread of addiction and social problems, but it may be a reason. “From my point of view,” he said, “one of the most important challenges and obstacles is the absence of the National Committee for Drug Control.
The First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled, decided to reconfigure it under the chairmanship of the Minister of Health, Dr. Ahmad Al-Awadi, and we hope that the committee’s meetings will be a nucleus for placing all parties dealing with the issue of addiction in one place, in order to develop a national plan to deal with the problem. “I would like to point out that the Addiction Treatment Center provides an integrated service and is capable of accommodating addiction patients in Kuwait for the next 10 years with its new expansion, especially since the current trend in addiction treatment is to treat the patient societally, and the retention process is unacceptable and does not lead to positive results. “There is no doubt about that, as any of the service sectors cannot function on its own, as the role of the private sector is very important in supporting work in the government sector by providing any service to society, and we need to support it, as this raises a great burden on Health services in the Ministry of Health, especially in the addiction treatment sector, and this is one of the topics that will be discussed in the Supreme Committee for Drug Control headed by the Minister of Health,” he added.