The Director of the Public Health and Research Department at the National Rehabilitation Center, Dr. Ali Hassan Al-Marzouqi, said that the center conducted a number of scientific and community studies and research, during the past years, that contributed to knowing the extent of the addiction problem in the country, and confirming some scientific practices that would enhance the role of the medical team. Providing the best medical and therapeutic practices for addiction patients.
And he indicated that the Research and Studies Department conducted several studies, including a study in cooperation with a university in the country, to identify the causes of students’ addiction to the Internet and social media, and a second study on the impact of energy drinks on individuals, especially adolescents, and a third on the causes of addiction in females. and others.
Al-Marzouqi pointed out that within the framework of the center’s strategy to reduce the burden of addiction disease, the center conducts studies, scientific and community research, and collects information to find out the causes that may lead to addiction, and to identify the best scientific practices in the field of treating and rehabilitating addictive patients.
He added that the Surveillance and Policies Department collects data related to addiction disease, whether from within the center or from the concerned authorities, with the aim of developing a perception of the extent of the addiction problem in the country and then raising the appropriate legislation and laws that would limit the problem, as well as helping decision makers to take appropriate decisions in consideration To the extent of the addiction problem, and the developments and changes that occur in society from time to time, whether in terms of the type of drugs spread or the groups most vulnerable to addiction and others. The center also participated in the formulation and amendment of many laws locally and contributed to recommendations globally in this field.
He pointed out that during the past years, many projects have been implemented that have directly and indirectly contributed to reducing the disease burden of addiction in the country, including a project for student forums, which aims to educate students in an innovative way about the dangers of drugs, develop their life skills and enhance their immunity against addiction disease, and choose They are ambassadors to play an awareness role in their schools, and there is a parenting skills program that aims to help them deal positively with their children during adolescence, accompany and guide them, as well as neighborhood councils, community visits, participation in international events and others.
For his part, Head of the Health Education Department at the National Rehabilitation Center, Dr. Anas Fikri, said that the strategy of the National Rehabilitation Center aims to reduce the disease burden of addiction to psychotropic substances, which is based on various tools in the areas of prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and training, and prevention aims to enhance practices of spreading health awareness of disease. Addiction and the danger of psychotropic substances and the application of scientifically based preventive programs.
He added that the Health Education Department organizes many awareness activities, preventive programs and initiatives aimed at strengthening the factors of protection and prevention of addiction and spreading awareness among members of society of the harmful effects of psychotropic substances and the prevention of addiction disease, with the aim of reaching all segments of society, which includes adolescents and youth, who are the builders of the future. As well as parents and adults, men and women and people of determination.
It is worth noting that during 2020, the center received 1,056 patients, while it received 4,803 patients since the date of its establishment until today.
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• The center implements preventive programs and initiatives to enhance protection against addiction and spread awareness among community members.
The National Rehabilitation Center has identified five criteria for diagnosing cases of electronic addiction: the first is the loss of control over play in terms of the pace and intensity of play, the time spent in playing, the cessation of playing and its context, the second is the increase in giving priority to playing to an extent that makes play take precedence over other life priorities and daily activities, and the third is continuing or Escalation in play despite its negative repercussions, the fourth, the playing style may be continuous or through stages and is characterized by repetition, and the fifth is negative behavioral effects such as feeling distressed or defective in aspects related to the person, his family, his community, his studies, his work, or other practical areas.
electronic games addiction
The National Rehabilitation Center stated that it intends to open an outpatient clinic for the treatment of electronic games addiction, to provide its services to citizens and residents alike. The clinic aims to treat addicts to the use of the Internet and electronic games, using the Internet addiction scale for adolescents.