NCB to hire more ex-drug addicts in recovery programme

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BRUNEI-MUARA

THE Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is looking to employ more former drug addicts to help drug rehab centre residents rebuild their lives.

Head of NCB’s Supervision Division at the Community Welfare Section Abu Bakar Hj Mohd Bakir said the bureau has seven former drug addicts who are working under the division to help drug addicts undergoing rehab.

Known as Rakan Harmoni, these employed former drug addicts are among the best reformed addicts, he said on the sidelines of an anti-drugs seminar hosted by National Anti-Drugs Association of Brunei Darussalam (BASMIDA) at The Empire Hotel & Country Club yesterday.

“There are plans to employ more former drug addicts under the Rakan Harmoni Programme especially taking into account the need for recovering drug addicts to have the support of reformed addicts in the long term,” he added.

He went on to say that one of the main responsibilities of Rakan Harmoni employees is to give their continuous support to other drug addicts and those under supervision through motivational, spiritual and physical activities.

This also involves effective sharing sessions of ex-drug addicts overcoming challenges, such as relapse prevention and other issues that may arise after they are released from the rehab centre.

InsyaAllah in the near future, we are also looking to train these Rakan Harmoni on ways to help their peers who are trying to reform and get rid of their addiction and start anew,” he said.

At the moment, Hj Abu Bakar said all seven Rakan Harmoni are males.

“We have yet to find former female drug addicts who are eligible and fit the criteria of being role models for others,” he said.

He said males make up the majority of drug addicts in the country, thus it was more challenging to find a former female drug addict who fits their criteria of a Rakan Harmoni.

“But we have female Rakan Harmoni committee members who volunteer to help,” he added.

Rakan Harmoni candidates must have good communication skills, and are committed in changing themselves for the better.

The Brunei Times