Minor admitted to Al-Islah Rehabilitation Centre

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A MINOR was admitted to Al-Islah Rehabilitation Centre, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) said.

NCB said one of the residents receiving treatment at its rehab centre is in the 15 years and below age group.

As of March 31 this year, the rehab centre has 182 people under its care including eight residents who are aged from 16 to 20.

A total of 70 Al-Islah residents are in the 31 to 40 age bracket, while five are aged 51 and above.

In an email interview, the bureau said 162 of the residents are men while the remaining 20 are women.

NCB further said stigma and public perception of former drug addicts have always been a challenge for recovering and recovered drug users.

The Al-Islah Centre and Supervision Division of NCB said it is important to have family involvement in former drug users’ recovery process.

The centre encourages and allows families to visit residents once every two weeks within a certain period of time. They are also invited to events such as sports activities, Khatam Al-Quran and Hari Raya. The bureau provides services such as family counselling and family support groups that help families accept the former drug users.

NCB said it introduced the Temporary Leave Scheme to help former rehab residents reintegrate into society.

It was earlier reported this year that NCB had established partnerships with the private sector to give residents an opportunity for work placements through the Temporary Leave Scheme.

The appointment of Board of Advisory and Visitors has also given a positive impact in supporting residents in doing community work and preparing for employment, NCB added.

The Brunei Times