Guard against depression, warn families of drug addicts

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Dubai: families of drug addicts must guard against the danger of slipping into depression after the long rehabilitation process, an official at a rehabilitation center based in Dubai warned.

Talking about Gulf NewsDr. Huda Abdullah Al Suwaidi, director of the Vulnerable Group department at the Ownak Social Rehabilitation Center in Dubai, also invited families to create the right environment for recovery, otherwise there could be repercussions on the problem of addiction. .

He said: "Sometimes, families hug their drug addicts in the wrong way, providing all their needs that interfere with the recovery process and return the child to drugs. The dangers of a relapse are real if families do not they look out, "said Dr. Al Suwaidi Gulf News.

He said that sometimes families ruin their children by giving them a lot of money and formal confidences that hinder the rehabilitation process – which is all an exercise in moderation.

Families are responsible for 50% of the rehabilitation process. The recovered addict should believe that there is a sense of loss – like being away from children, being removed from the house – if he returns to addiction.

– Dr Huda Abdullah Al Suwaidi, director of the Vulnerable Group department at the Ownak Social Rehabilitation Center in Dubai

"Families are responsible for 50% of the rehabilitation process. The recovered addict should believe that there is a sense of loss – like staying away from children, being removed from the house – if he returns to addiction," he said.

The dott. Al Suwaidi said that in some cases, families go into depression at the end of the long recovery process.

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He said that parents caring for a drug addict would tour the police stations, hospitals and rehabilitation centers.

This can be draining and can go into depression when the child recovers when he has the feeling that he has nothing left to do.

"Addicts blackmail their families and exploit them emotionally. At the end of the day, families are affected because they feel that the main purpose of their lives has been to solve the problem of addiction. When the problem is solved, they feel empty He added.

In one case, a woman sought help from the center after dedicating her life to her dependent brother, following which her husband divorced her. When his brother recovered from addiction, he felt a complete sense of loss.

Dr Huda said that 26% of drug addicts are affected by other dependent family members, according to a study conducted by Ownak among 257 drug addicts from the Emirates at the Dubai Central Prison.

Eighty-seven percent of them had a dependent brother.

The dott. Huda said the Ownak Rehabilitation Center helps families deal with the problem.

"We support recovered addicts and their families through integration and social assistance programs offered by psychological and social specialists, as well as raising young people's awareness in schools and universities, as well as family support programs aimed at teaching families the proper way to treat addicts, "she said.

What is the Ownak Center?

The Ownak Social Rehabilitation Center was established by the Community Development Authority (CDA) to raise awareness about the dangers of addiction, drug and psychoactive substance abuse, and to provide social rehabilitation services for the Emirates who are recovering from addiction.