There are about 3.5 million drug addicts across Afghanistan, of whom about 800,000 are women. There are thousands of subordinates in hospitals across the country waiting to be treated.
In the capital of the country, Kabul, is located the Center for the Treatment of Drug Addicts “Ibwn Sina” with a capacity of 1,200 beds.
The hospital operates at full capacity, with 450 employees, including 50 psychologists and 60 psychiatrists.
The institution finds subordinates who usually gather in abandoned parts of the city, under bridges, and then undergo a 45-day treatment process. Although most of these persons have been brought in by force, some of them themselves apply for treatment.
– Medication and psychotherapy support
After registering a person who has just arrived at the hospital, the clothes are changed, the hair is cut and washed, after which the addicts get ready to start the treatment process.
The daily treatment program starts early in the morning. Addicts enter the process of taking medication and psychotherapy after the Fajr prayer and eating breakfast. It then continues with various games and sports activities such as chess, music, basketball, football and volleyball.
Addicts are not given drugs during the process, even in small doses for therapeutic purposes. The process is monitored with daily reports while patients are monitored through the hospital team even after discharge from the hospital.
The President of the Center, Dr. Ahmet Zahir Sultani said that the success rate of treatment of addicts is close to 60 percent.
He announced that there are about 3.5 million addicts across the country, including 800 thousand women. He also said there are about 4,000 patients in hospitals across the country, adding that they are satisfied with the equipment they possess.
– “Mafia pressure ends with the arrival of the Taliban”
Saying that previously they were exposed to pressure from the drug mafia because the drug trade has an important place in the Afghan economy, the Sultan explained the changes that took place after the Taliban took over the country as follows:
“With the advent of the Taliban, the percentage of addicts undergoing treatment has increased. In the last two months we have collected more than 3,000 addicts, treated them in hospital and then handed them over to their families. We used to receive numerous threats from the drug mafia. The drug mafia does not want to lose its customers, but with the arrival of the Taliban this threat has disappeared. “We have not received any such threat so far.”
– Addicts want to be treated
Emanullah Ahmadi, 43, said he had previously come to the hospital voluntarily, but that he started taking drugs again shortly after his release. He has stated that he has been taking drugs for 6 years.
“I want to end it, but drugs are very common in Afghanistan. Used everywhere. “I hope to end this time,” Ahmadi said.
Adding that he was unemployed and that he had sold his family property to buy drugs, Ahmadi said he wanted to recover and live a good life with his four children.
Habib Azizi, 25, said he had quarreled with his family over substance use and started living on the streets. He was taken to hospital after the Taliban came to power. Azizi said he was buying drugs by selling paper and plastic bottles he had collected.
Azizi has been in the hospital for 20 days and has shown that he feels progress in his recovery.
“I have been using drugs for four years. I hope to get rid of addiction, but I can not say for sure that I will succeed. I will give everything of myself “, said Azizi, emphasizing that after his release he wants to find a regular job and get married.
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