DARA Prepared To Deal with Rise in Middle East Drug Use

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As a leader provider of international drug addiction treatment, DARA Thailand is prepared to help combat the rising concerns about increased incidences of drugs and alcohol abuse in the Middle East. Particularly alarming is accelerated use of drugs and alcohol by children who are experiencing psychological distress as the result of the violence of war.

Of particular concern to authorities and nonprofit governmental organizations in the Middle East is the increase of drug abuse among children, especially those living on the streets as a result of violence and conflict.

Substance abuse knows no boundaries of geography, ethnicity, age, gender, economics or spiritual heritage. Well aware of this fact as a leading international provider of drug and alcohol addiction treatment, DARA Thailand keeps abreast of substance abuse trends worldwide. Its current focus includes the Middle East, where decades-long wars and violence have created an environment with rampant drug and alcohol abuse. DARA’s internationally licensed professionals are equipped to reach out to clients from war-stricken countries and offer assistance in recovery.

“Since Saddam Hussein’s removal from power by the United States in 2003, Iraq has been gripped by regular violence, various degrees of lawlessness, and rampant corruption,” according to Vice News. “In Baghdad, for example, almost everyone has lost a loved one, a home, or at the very least, a job. The result is widespread emotional trauma, and the incentive to self-medicate. In other words, the perfect climate to encourage drug use.” Hospital officials in Baghdad are reporting increased use of methamphetamines and of opiates, particularly painkillers.

“As an international destination for treatment of drug and alcohol abuse, DARA makes it a priority to pay attention to these situations,” said Martin Peters, Treatment Program Director at DARA Thailand. “We have a number of clients from the Middle East. Starting August 1, we will have an Arabic-speaking counselor on our team as part of our recognition of this growing segment. We also offer food options suitable for clients from the Middle East. We keep ourselves informed about statistics and trends so we can provide the most relevant treatment possible. For example, we know not only about developments like this in the Middle East, but also about underground labs in China that are manufacturing new and dangerous street drugs.”

Of particular concern to authorities and nonprofit governmental organizations in the Middle East is the increase of drug abuse among children, especially those living on the streets as a result of violence and conflict. The increase is attributed to psychological stress and the desire to find a way to cope with the loss of parents, siblings and other close family members. Reports from Iraq say that children are vulnerable targets for drug dealers, who often sell marijuana and cocaine near schools. When children are orphaned and have no parental guidance, they become susceptible to the lure of drugs.

“Children using drugs is a worldwide problem,” Peters said. “In the Middle East, it is complicated by the lack of services in conflict areas. It is incumbent on us to call attention to the problem. Drug abuse treatment requires the involvement of families and the support of communities. At DARA, we involve families in the entire treatment process, no matter which family members is the initial person seeking help. We want to break the cycle of addiction in families.”

About DARA:
DARA is the leading provider of addiction rehab in Southeast Asia. Located in eastern Thailand, Drug and Alcohol Rehab Asia offers the highest level of treatment to individuals struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. The treatment center uses a holistic approach to recovery, integrating meditation and therapy with relaxation and recreation. DARA is located on a tropical island with a resort-like atmosphere, and its programs make use of its beautiful climate and location. Most importantly, the professional staff at DARA is dedicated to helping clients learn how to become sober and to stay substance free. To learn more about DARA, visit http://dararehab.com.

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