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What is Drug Rehabilitation?• Drug rehabilitation is a term for the processes of medical or psychotherapeutic treatment, for dependency on psychoactive substances such as alcohol, prescription drugs, and street drugs such as cocaine, heroine or amphetamines.
What is the treatment of Drug Abuse?• Detoxification is the most common form of drug treatment. This is a process of eliminating a person’s dependence on drugs.• Part of the detoxification process is to decrease the daily dose of drugs that the dependent person takes and thus gradually reduce withdrawal symptoms.• Another method of dealing with drug dependents is to form a support group of fellow drug dependents. They share their experiences and learn from one another. Together, they recover from their dependence and get better.
Government Agencies Responsible for the Treatment andRehabilitation of Drug Dependents LOGO
• The government plays a major role in fighting drug addiction and ridding the streets of drugs. This means passing legislation on drug traffickers or those who cultivate, manufacturer, and trade in illegal drugs and narcotics.
1. Drug Abuse Rehabilitation Network (DARN).• It provides a comprehensive rehabilitation and educational program for drug victims in order to prevent and control drug abuse in the country. DARN provides integrated medical, psychological, occupational, and spiritual services.
2. National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).• This law-enforcement agency was the first to establish a treatment and rehabilitation center for drug dependents in the Philippines. Established in 1965, the NBI Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers (TRC) in Tagaytay, Cagayan de Oro, and Cebu provide a safe haven for drug dependents.
3. Dangerous Drug Board (DBB).• This agency was created under the office of the President through R.A. No. 9165 known as the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002”. It establishes policies and programs on drug prevention and control throughout the country.
4. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).• The PDEA is the implementing arm of DDB. It is responsible for the efficient and effective enforcement of the provisions on any dangerous drug and/or other known harmful substances that were mentioned in R.A. No. 9165.
5. Department of Health (DOH).• R.A. No.9165 commissioned the Department of Health to monitor the coordination and supervision of all drug rehabilitation programs, interventions, projects, and activities, as well as the establishment, accreditation, maintenance, and management of privately-owned drug rehabilitation centers. It functions in coordination with other concerned agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Philippines National
Non-Governmental Organizations Involved in Drug Rehabilitation LOGO
1. SHALOM House, Inc.• The Shalom House is a non-government organization located in Baguio City. Not only does it provide rehabilitation, but it also supports researchers, training, and seminars in order to educate the public about drug dependence.
2. Drug Abuse Research Foundation Inc. (DARFI)• This NGO was organized in the 1970s to rehabilitate drug abusers, alcoholics, and people with behavioral disorders. They provide discussions and activities that will help the drug victims change their maladaptive behaviors and prepare them to re-enter society as productive members.
3. Narcotic Foundation of the Philippines (NFPI).• This Foundation serves as a halfway house (a house and rehabilitation center) for drug addicts. The residents in this foundation go through a three-stage program to overcome drug dependence: physical cure, emotional therapy, and occupational therapy.
4. ANG TAHANAN• This semi-government rehabilitation center in Quezon City provides comprehensive and adequate treatment and rehabilitation for drug dependents.
Responsible Decision Making1. Set a good example. When you are using prescription drugs, examine their uses and know their possible side effects. An individual must be prepared for an honest discussion about his or her attitudes to both legal and illegal drugs.2. Have a clear understanding of how drugs can interfere with physical and emotional development.3. Learn to abide by what the school teaches about drugs.
4. Before going to any party, gently inquire from the organizers about the anti-drug abuse measures set up for the party. Explain that the inquiry is intended to simply ensure that no untoward incident would happen. An individual should not attend the party unless he/she receives a satisfactory reply.5. Have trustworthy adults to turn to as well- parents, teachers, relatives or counselors. They can give the best ammunition to resist peer pressure and the dangers of taking drugs.
6. An individual should join spiritual activities in his/her community. This will enhance his/her understanding regarding the purpose of living.7. Channel one’s energy toward sports and other productive activities.8. Develop close family ties. Having a strong moral foundation and establishing trusting relationships among family members help an individual express his/her feelings.9. An individual should choose his/her friends.10. An individual should not start nor trying prohibited drugs.