‘75% of former rehab residents find employment’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ABOUT 75 per cent of former drug abusers from Al-Islah Rehabilitation Centre have found employment, with some pursuing higher education, said a senior official at the rehabilitation centre.

Assistant Director and Commandant of Al-Islah Zainol Adi Hj Ajmain said, out of the Al-Islah residents who have undergone rehab, 75 per cent of them have found jobs in the private sector. Others are working in family-run businesses.

He said some of the former drug offenders have also managed to continue their studies in tertiary education institutions.

The commandant said the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had established partnerships with several companies to give residents work placement opportunities through the Temporary Leave Scheme that was introduced in 2013.

“We not only aid our residents to recovery through programmes that emphasise on spirituality and moral values, but we also focus on equipping residents with life skills through the Temporary Leave Scheme so that they are prepared for what happens after the completion of their rehab,” said the commandant in a recent interview.

The Temporary Leave Scheme is a scheme introduced to help residents reintegrate into society by ensuring they are “job-ready”.

The assistant director said the Al-Islah Rehabilitation Centre adopts practices similar to its ASEAN counterparts, using the concept of therapeutic community, which includes four phases that residents must go through to complete their rehab.

The four components are the importance of spirituality, behaviour management, emotional and intellectuallity, life skills and vocational.

Zainol Adi said Al-Islah has made the programmes more structured, conforming to Brunei’s culture and religion.

According to Zainol, there are currently 45 residents under the Temporary Leave Scheme.

“We established the Temporary Leave Scheme because we want to build confidence among the residents, to give them the opportunity to reintegrate back to the community.

“By doing so, we are avoiding culture shock when they get out. We don’t want to just get them to pack their things and leave and get back to society without preparing them as this can cause them to fall back into their old habits.”

Zainol said visitors to the centre have also been supporting residents, noting that more than five companies have come forward to offer residents jobs.

“We see that people are generally more supportive and we welcome this,” he said.

The Brunei Times