538 drug addicts submit to treatment at addiction center this year

The National Center for Addiction has treated around 14,300 people since its inception in 1993, according to the center’s director, Maj. Yazan Barmawi. (Photo: Envato elements)
AMMAN  — The National Center for Addiction has treated 538 patients so far this year and around 14,300 people since it was established in 1993, the center’s director, Maj. Yazan Barmawi said, according to Al-Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

Barmawi added that the center’s capacity has increased from just 18 beds to 170 beds since it was moved to its current location in the Arjan area of Amman in 2009. 

He said that the center has received 769 patients in 2020 that were treated for their addiction despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maj. Barmawi said that the center’s staff did not stop working during the lockdown, and would visit any house that reported a case of addiction. 

The center’s services are available to anyone for free and with total confidentiality, and without any punishments, Maj. Bawmawi stressed. 

He said that the center has an assumed name for reference so as to ensure patients’ privacy. Visitors are also not allowed at the center, Maj. Barmawi said, calling on families to help their children in case they notice any change in behavior, by calling the center for help.

The center works with the Drug Enforcement Department and under the supervision of the Public Security Directorate (PSD), he said, adding that the center provides a humanitarian service in addition to other missions carried out by the PSD to serve the country and its citizenry.

Maj. Barmawi also said that treating addiction is a comprehensive process that takes into consideration the medical, mental, behavioral, and social side of patients until they fully recovery from their addiction. 

He said that “anyone who steps in to the center of their own accord will be exempt from punishment,” adding that the “treatment is very expensive but the PSD will cover it all including accommodation, program cost, doctors, and food.”

Maj. Barmawi said that the all the center’s staff work with the PSD, and that the PSD works in cooperation with the Ministry of Health by hiring ministry doctors.

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